In mid-summer, water temps reach their yearly high temperatures post solstice. Anglers need to adapt their tactics to carry the success they had in the spring season forward.
Here are a few ways to improvise and overcome what can sometimes be a slow time of year for getting bites.
Hunt For Shade
Fish utilize shade for a multitude of reasons.
Shade provides a respite for fish just looking to chill and get out of the sun, while setting them up for an ambush.
Look for shady spots on the water. Around docks, lily pads or overhanging trees are all good places to start.
Throw The Changeup
Heated fish can have a negative likelihood of feeding, so it’s going to be beneficial to vary your speed.
Slowing down to a crawl and keeping your bait in the strike zone gives you a chance to force-feed that fish by annoying the heck out of it.
Or try speeding up and tricking one with a reaction strike.
Even though it doesn’t always feel like it, fish have tiny brains and instincts that can be manipulated.
Like a cool breeze on a hot summer day, the current behaves much the same way by breaking the thermal layer of heated water and cooling off the fish.
This is similar to the way that sitting very still in cold water creates a small layer of warm water around you, but moving through the water makes it feel much colder.
A current also adds extra oxygen to the water. Hot swampy summer water bodies can often have a lack of oxygen compared to the other seasons.
Flowing water can also act as another form of structure creating an ambush point for those fish looking to be predatory.
Keep Yourself Cool
If you’re fishing in these types of conditions it’s very likely you are a stubborn sort. Prone to gritting it out and being tougher than other anglers.
Keep in mind that in the warmer months you will need to hydrate. Water and sports drinks tend to do this better than soda and adult beverages.
Sunscreen and/or clothing that protect you from the sun are a must for those long, hot days on the water.
Make Your Own Luck In the Sunshine
In summer, the days are long and sometimes the bite can be slow, but utilizing the strategies mentioned above can help you land more fish.
And as always, if it doesn’t work…you can blame me.
Written by Reid Miller: 13 Fishing Marketing Coordinator