Fishing can get a little tough during these hot summer days – water temperatures increase, aquatic weed growth accelerates and fish get lethargic. Here are some ideas to help you beat the dog days of fishing:
- Fish early in the morning when waters are cooler and fish are more active.
- Look for fish in deeper water, where it’s cooler.
- Focus on warmwater species like bass, crappie, bluegill and walleye.
- Travel to higher elevation lakes and streams where the water, and you, will be cooler.
- Consider a trip to the coast where ocean and bay fishing can be good throughout the summer.
Best bets for weekend fishing
Here are some highlights from this week’s Recreation Report:
- Trout in Diamond Lake
- Chinook in the lower Rogue River
- Summer steelhead in the Siletz and South Fork Santiam rivers
- Walleye in the upper Columbia River
- Lingcod and rockfish in the ocean
- Sea-run cutthroat in the tidewaters of the NW Zone
- Smallmouth bass and other warmwater species in Willamette Valley lakes and ponds