Other than the middle of winter when temperatures are well below most freshwater trouts’ “ideal range,” there may be no more difficult time of the year to catch trout than when the weather is hot. It is well known that all freshwater trout species don’t care for hot weather and the main reason for this is that hot weather means high water temperatures and high water temperatures are very dangerous to trout. This is the main thing to remember when you are fishing for trout in hot weather, because causing them too much stress during a fight can often result in the trout not being able to recover and dying.
For the main species of freshwater trout water temperatures around 60 degrees are “ideal”, but as the temperatures rise, not only do the trout tend to become less active, the danger for the fish increases exponentially as well. Once the water temperature, reaches 70 degrees and above you shouldn’t even bother fishing for trout unless of course you are looking for a meal, because any trout that you catch when the water temperatures are this high will most likely be killed from the stress.
With that being said warm weather trout fishing can still be productive and below I will outline a few tips and tricks to help you catch more trout this summer before the weather becomes too hot for the trout themselves. The first tip is the simplest and it’s one that most every fisherman should know already, do your best to be on the water early and late. And believe it or not this isn’t necessarily for water temperature purposes, but rather sunlight purposes. During the middle of the day the sun is the brightest and trout find it difficult to see (and thus hunt) in bright sunlight, which causes them to seek shelter or deep water. Therefore, during warm weather do your best to focus your trout fishing efforts early and/or late in the day when the sun isn’t at it’s peak brightness.
Whether you are fishing in a lake, pond, river, or stream warm weather means one thing, peak use, and as trout fishermen “peak use” is never a good thing. The more activity there is on, around, and in the water that you are going to be fishing, the less productive the fishing will be. So, the more that you can avoid “peak use” area’s or the peak use times of the day the better off you will be and the more productive the trout fishing will be.
If there is a dam in your area, this is usually a productive place to fish for trout during the warm weather months. There are many reason for this such as; deeper water, access to cooler water temperatures, and the fact that dams serve as habitat for bait fish and other food sources trout love to eat. Fishing for trout anywhere near a dam during the warm weather months is never a bad idea and often results in increased catch rates.
Warm weather trout fishing can be productive as long as your strategies and techniques are altered a little bit. Keep these simple tips in mind as the weather continues to warm and you will experience more trout fishing success than you have in a long time during the warm weather months of June July, August, and early September.