During this time of hot temperatures, if you’re looking for a way to beat the heat and fish the best answer might be to bank- or wade-fish a stream.
We are blessed to have many miles of fishable streams and rivers in our general area. I, like most of you, spent many an hour of my younger years fishing our streams — a lot of that time at night fishing for catfish.
I remember many good times occurring while night fishing with family and friends. We would have a big fire going and plenty to eat with soft drinks and always some coffee. On occasion, I would take a grill rack and skillet with stuff to cook with. We would peel and fry potatoes and meat, make coffee or fry a fish that was just caught. There is no better eating than that.
One of the best memories is when we would go in a big group night fishing, find the people who were the most scared and jumpy and mess with them all night. We would do things like tossing a rock or stick close to them and say we saw something. We would always get one person to sneak off and come back in behind this person and scream and grab them. I saw people run right through the creeks screaming.
We would always begin by telling big tales about ghosts and other things that lived around the creek. That would set the mood for a big scare later. But we all went home safe and still friends.
There are a lot of different species of fish in our area streams like large- and smallmouth bass, big Kentucky bass, redeye and bluegill, crappie, trout, catfish, carp, and a few others. Most of the time the streams and rivers are covered with a canopy of trees making it much shadier and cooler
If you are looking for a great time and to beat the heat, try stream fishing and make new memories of your own.