It is wide-open summertime right now with the very hot days making it hard to get out and enjoy outdoor activities like fishing. It will be a few months before it cools down some, so we have to look for ways to beat the heat.
One way to beat the heat is to fish at night when the sun is not beating down on you all the time. And as any older angler will tell you, it is also a great time to fish for several reasons. Nighttime in summer is a peak feeding period for many fish including bass and crappie, catfish and walleye. These fish will move from cooler deeper water in summer to the shoreline’s shallower cover after dark. They use the cover of darkness to hide and look for food.
During the daytime, bass use sight as a primary way to way to locate food but after dark they rely on the sound and vibration given off by baitfish and other prey. This is why it is a good idea to use baits with rattles or a blade of some type, or any bait that makes a sound or disturbs the surface. Fish will lock in on these baits and track them down.
Rattling crank baits and big blade spinners and buzz baits are hard to beat. Remember some of these tips on your next night fishing trip.