LINCOLN – With competition in the water for fishing while also knowing where and when to fish can make all the difference to anglers battling the summer heat.
According to a release from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, fishing gets tough in the summer because fish have so much natural prey to eat and everything is at its peak during the summer.
With the warm water of summer, fish are feeding as much or more than any other time of the year. The fish don’t spend as much time looking for food, so the feeding periods are shorter.
Because of that, the “prime times” to fish, when they most likely will be feeding, are early and late in the day or after dark.
Fishing anglers should find your best spots that can include drop-offs, places where an abundance of natural bait is seen and places that concentrate bait and fish.
On reservoirs, don’t forget to fish points and on smaller waters fish “ambush” spots such as under docks, piers, overhanging trees and in aquatic vegetation.
Fish, especially in irrigation reservoirs, tend to start moving deeper in the summer because the water starts to drop with irrigation releases.
Game and Parks officials state that on an evening when fish are feeding, they still might be back toward shallow water but, in general, anglers will start fishing deeper as the summer goes on.
Anglers also should fish their presentations faster in warmer water, but not necessarily always. You can fish fast to cover the water to find fish that are feeding — rather than hunkering down and fishing slow and luring them into biting.
Anglers who fish reservoirs for white bass or wipers should be looking for gulls feeding on baitfish. Those baitfish will attract white bass and wipers but also walleyes and channel catfish.
Thunderstorms may be few and far between, but anglers who are in the right place at the right time can take advantage.
The summer is a great time to fish a scum frog on pits and ponds for largemouth bass and grasshoppers for channel catfish and grasshopper patterns for panfish and trout.
For more information on fishing in Nebraska, visit outdoornebraska.gov/fishing/.