You’re probably not going to like this post. Especially when I start off by saying it’s not that hot outside.
Okay, okay, now that you’ve shaken your head and given the proper hand gesture, let me explain. Heat is a matter of acceptance. I have lived in Nebraska for more than 8 years now, and can count on my hand the number of hot days I have witnessed here. However, you must understand that I grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, which is a 2- to 3-shower a day town in July and August. The heat hits you in your face as soon as you walk outside, never gives up close to dark, and almost never offers a breeze. And during those brief moments of euphoria when a rain cloud interrupts a sunny sky, be prepared for the steam after the rain falls.
However, it can get hotter. I’ve been in Baton Rouge in August and thought Memphis was nice and cool, so when one defines “heat,” they must also consider that, like a horrible boss, the alternative could be even worse.
The reason why I tell you all of this is because this time sees a decline for many outdoor activities, including fishing, because it’s just “too darn hot.” People will also say that fish won’t eat during this time of year. But fisheries biologist Daryl Bauer will tell you that the reason why folks sometimes can’t catch fish in the summer is because those fish already have so much to eat. You just have to be a bit more crafty to catch them by finding a pattern.
Three days ago, when the high was 95, my dad and I caught 50 largemouth bass at Goose and Pibel lakes, both public waters, in the southeastern Sandhills. We caught fish all day, on top and on crankbaits and spinnerbaits coming back to the boat, and in both shallow water and deep water, as sweat dripped from our noses.
Yesterday, in 99 degree weather, we caught 40 in about 3 hours in eastern Nebraska on a private farm pond (while two friends of mine caught a boatload of crappie at Two Rivers SRA during the same weather). Most of our fish came on top, and we actually caught more during the heat of the afternoon versus when the sun started to set.
The point is this: yes, it’s a bit warm outside, but don’t let that stop you from fishing. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, find a pattern, and catch fish. Because the temperature could always be hotter. As can be the fishing this time of year if you give it a chance.
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