As the Summer goes on, the water temperature of Round Valley Reservoir gets hotter and hotter. As of today, the water surface temps were in the high 70′s and by August it will be in the 80′s. That’s just too hot for trout who prefer water temps in the 60′s… so where do the fish go? They go down to cooler water.
How do slip bobbers work?
An effective way for shore fisherman to target deeper fish in the hot summer months is to use a slip bobber. Unlike traditional bobbers which clip directly onto your fishing line, slip bobbers allow your line to pass through them until a stop hits a bead at the top of the bobber.
Slip Bobber Bobber Stop and Bead
Because of the design of slip bobbers you can cast a rig set to any depth. Ten, twenty, thirty feet deep? No Problem. On the flip side, casting anything longer than 6 feet with a traditional bobber is almost impossible.
On the end of the line I like to use a size 4,6 or 8 circle hook. When your hook is far away from you and deep, it is much easier to hook your fish by reeling in line on your circle hook than setting a traditional hook by swinging your rod high.
About 2 feet above the hook I like to put a small splitshot to:
- Keep the herring down.
- Prevent the slip bobber from falling on top of my hook.
Hook your herring (or shiner) through the back right where the dorsal fin starts. In the water the fish will be vertically suspended under the floating bobber. I’ve used this rig with worms too and have caught Rainbows and Smallmouth on it.
This Rainbow fell to a slip bobber and worm combo.
Once you cast your line out, pay attention to your bobber just like you would any other bobber. If it goes under completely, wait about 5 seconds, point your rod tip at the bobber and reel in fast. As soon as you feel tension on the line begin raising your rod tip up as you continue to reel.
Using this technique you will catch rainbows, browns, and bass all summer long. So the next time you are shore fishing, bring a few extra rods and remember to try out different depths and baits.