It gets very hot and muggy in the summer, which makes fishing hard on many anglers.
I myself do not like to get out in the heat of the day and fish and will go early in the morning or late in the afternoon or even better at nighttime. Some folks can get out in the heat and go anyway.
One of the best ways to beat the heat and still have a great time is to give wade fishing a try. Most of us grew up playing in the creek anyway so this feels natural to some of us older fisherman. We are blessed in our area to have some good streams and creeks in which to wade fish.
I have fished the Linefork Creek and Cumberland River several times in my life and done very well at both. There is just something special about wading out into the water and feeing the cool current under the shade of the overhanging trees You can get out of the heat of the sun and catch fish too, so it is a win all the way.
Wade fishing, just like any type of fishing, is most successful when you are prepared. A good spinning rod and reel combo works well in most situations. I believe that smaller baits work best in most streams. You can fish any bait you have in a stream and do good at the right time.
I have had good luck with small buzz baits and twitch-style top water baits along with crank baits and small plastic worms and grubs. Live bait always works well.
When looking for a certain fish to catch, remember that small mouth bass like the current as do trout. Large mouth and redeyes like to hang behind rocks or other structure to break the current. Catfish like to lie in the deeper pools.
So whatever you are fishing for, be sure to give wade fishing a try this summer.