We are full-on into the middle of what is shaping up to be a very hot summer. Temperatures ramped up early and have shown little sign of moderating. Rainfalls are infrequent. We are into a fairly unusual pattern and no signs of it changing much as we head into what historically are the hottest weeks of the year.
Needless to say that puts preparation for sun and heat foremost in the minds of most outdoors enthusiasts. Sunscreen, protective hats and clothing and plenty of water to hydrate are on the “must have” lists for all these days.
In the days of summer heat early mornings take on a special appeal. Daybreak usually brings the most comfortable temperatures of the entire day so early morning bicycle rides, post-dawn fishing outings, and any outside work are best done then; swimming and water skiing can come into their own during the hours of high heat.
Fishing in the summer heat can be very productive. It can also be very frustrating. Summer fishing is unforgiving with precise presentation of lures the key to it all. Fish are very particular in the heat, looking for a small comfort zone. Find that zone and you’ll find and catch fish. Miss it and you will come home empty handed.
We continue to get reports of decent walleye fishing. But as noted above, location is the most important factor. Walleyes on most lakes are deeper now and locating in a very narrow area near deep weed beds. If you can find the edges of the weeds, preferably along gravel or sandy areas, you’ll do well.
Summer presentation for walleyes remains very basic: Jigs with leeches or crawlers or a good synthetic alternative. It is the location that is most important.
Bass, largemouth and smallmouth both, have been active as well. Deeper water is usually best with rocky areas always productive. Fast moving rivers can be very good for smallies. Muskies and panfish are steady; nothing spectacular, but steady.
We do still need to deal with a bumper crop of mosquitoes; use repellent sprays or treated clothing. Ticks usually are on the wane by mid July but still one needs to be aware of them and check often.
All in all we are into the warm days of summer with a lot of options to enjoy the outdoors.
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