Follow these summer fishing tips to help make your day more enjoyable.
Summer time fishing at High Noon
In summer, the Northern Hemisphere is tilted toward the sun. Not only is the daily duration of sunshine longer, but the sun also climbs to a higher altitude in the sky, so that its energy strikes our position more directly, and we receive more energy per unit area. source
- Don’t expect to catch much around high noon, plus or minus a couple hours. The angle of the sun to the water makes predatory fish wary. Wait for poorer lighting conditions like dawn and dusk to get fish active.
- Following point 1, try fishing at night for an interesting change of pace. All you need is a headlamp so you can see what you’re doing and running lights on your boat. Have you ever been out in the middle of Round Valley in the middle of the night? It’s eerie, yet peaceful. Maybe you can catch a new state record eel?
- Wear sunscreen. Even on overcast days, the sun will burn your nose, ears, and neck. You may not care about it now, but in a few years when your ears are falling off from cancer, you’ll wish you put on the darn sunscreen!
- Wear a hat. see above.
- Keep your live bait cool. Herring are best kept between 35 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit
- Bring lots of water to keep hydrated and try not to fall out of your boat when you pee. Most drowning victims are found with their pants down, falling off their boats and not being able to get back in, they tire and expire!
- The docks can be a zoo on the weekends. I prefer the dirt boat launch because most people are drawn to the concrete one. Less people for me to wait on / avoid.
- When weeds start to choke the bays, keep fishing them by increasing your pound test from 8 to 15 and using heavy spoons or weedless jigs to target bass.
- Try trolling for bass along the rocks and humps. I’ve picked up many a bass in 30 to 40feet of cooler water
- There is no tip ten. Get out there and fish and have fun.