August begins in summer…ends in autumn
Now, into August. Summer is on the wane and by month’s end, unofficially over and done with. All months measure a change in seasons, all are transitional in some manner, but none more so than August: Aug. 1 is summer; Aug. 31, a different season entirely. Each week of this month things change and the pace of that change seems to quicken.
August will see the first signs of hunt seasons; Sept. 1 marks that date and hunt preparation will be underway before that. August delivers up some wonderful days for time on the water; canoes and kayaks, paddle boards and pontoon boats, all have their place and no time better than August. Anglers will fish deeper water where fish lurk in the shadow and coolness. There is a lot going on in August.
Fishing in August is often a matter of dealing with the heat. This time around we are seeing hot but not brutally hot temperatures and fishing is continuing to be pretty good. No surprises here; the August fishing report is the same as July with fish seeking cooler waters and lure presentation by anglers the key to it all. Location is what counts.
We talked to an angler of smallmouth bass, a fly fisherman, and his story is representative of fishing in August. Simply put, when he was fishing moving water on a river in the area a fly that landed inches away from a rock in the current took fish. One that missed by a foot or two did not. Precise presentation of lures, for bass and walleyes, muskies and panfish, is the key to fishing success in this month.
Hunters need be aware of the sale of antlerless tags and bonus fall turkey tags. Both go on sale soon; antlerless tags (where available) start up Aug. 13 and turkey tags Aug. 18. And Sept. 1 kicks things off with some early waterfowl seasons (teal and goose) as well as dove season.
Bottom line is this: August is here and moving fast. When it’s over we’re into autumn, no doubt about it. So don’t put off anything summer related! There’s still time to enjoy summer heat and longer days. But none of it will last.
The Outdoor Report is provided by the staff of Mel’s Trading Post, downtown Rhinelander, where a variety of outdoor products is available.