HOT SEAT? Things are going to feel warm after the chilly start to spring as today’s temps jump into the upper 70s and tomorrow’s top 80. We talk about late spring fishing tactics in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Warm Up. A solid 18-inch smallmouth comes to hand for DEO’s Nick Simonson. DEO Photo by Einar Bratteng.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 5/29 – Dandy Day – Hi 76, Lo 46, Wind N@9
Tomorrow: Thu 5/30 – Even Dandier Hi 82, Lo 53, Wind @@7
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
4:00AM 4:14PM 10:02AM 10:23PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (23% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:30-10:30PM. Take the first hour of nightfall for the best fishing of the day in our Edge Hour.
REED IT. Check for crappies up in shallow reeds this time of year, setting up their spawning sites. Dark fish will be the males holding tight to their desigated areas, while females can probably be found just a few yards out in deeper water. Use small jigs to get after both.
BIG BUCKETS. Did you know the biggest largemouth bass can inhale more than half a gallon of water when they sneak up and snack on their prey? Be aware of tightness in line and monitor your baits closely as they’re bumped and jigged along the bottom to prevent gut- or gill-hooking.
CRAW CRUSH. Crayfish are early-moving prey items for bass and other species. Tubes, soft plastics and other creature baits mimic these spring food items for smallies and largemouths. Weight them down with a bullet sinker and scoot them along the bottom for great early-season action.