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Gabby’s fishing fever

Some tips for fishing in hot summer

During the hot summer months, most fish move deeper to find cooler water and to follow the bait fish that also go deeper after the weather heats up.

In most lakes the surface temperature reaches the mid 80 degree range. Water this warm has a very low level of oxygen and fish will not stay there long.

As you go deeper down in the water the temperature starts to drop more and more. As the water goes through several temperature changes it forms layers of different temperatures as you go from the surface down to the bottom. There is one level where the cooler water and the warmer water meet. This area is called a thermocline.

Above this thermocline is the warmer water with lower oxygen levels. Below it is the cooler water with better oxygen levels. This is the area where you want to do most of your summer fishing.

The thermocline will not be the same in every lake. It can be affected by things such as water clarity, water depth and sunlight penetration. In most of our area lakes I have found that the thermocline range will run around 15 to 25 feet deep.

Knowing and understanding how water temperature changes at different levels and affects fish movements and feeding times will help you in your summer fishing. This does not just affect bass and crappie. Catfish, muskie, walleye, trout and others also hold in deeper water.

If you are out in a boat, look for areas that have deeper water nearby. If your boat has a fish finder look for places where shallow water drops off into deeper water. Fish will hold on these drop off edges and will move from deeper to shallow water during the day and at night. Find spots that have both shallow and deeper water cover. This is a good area to summer fish.

In these types of areas you can position your boat in the deeper water and cast spinner baits, buzz baits, top waters, crank baits and worms to the shallow water and fish them back out over the deeper water. You can also position over the drop off and cast parallel to the drop off. If this does not produce any action then slow down and look for deeper cover and fish it with slower baits such as a small jig or a worm. This is a big fish presentation.

Look for deeper water areas like main lake points, creek channel edges, bluffs and cliff lines and steep banks with chunk rock or wood or weed cover on them. To improve your success rate, fish during the peak feeding times at dawn and at night. Fish around weeds and weed beds also. The growing green weeds put off oxygen into the water.

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