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Fish in morning before water warms

Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Texas summer is on the way, and the warm water patterns start changing. In fact the heat affects all wildlife.

Typically, most species will generally feed early and late especially on those hot summer days.

This is not always true, but I would say you don’t want to miss the early bite if there is going to be one. The water is slightly cooler in the a.m., and the fish may feed early.

This can also be a great time for top-water action early, especially when overcast. Look for surface action on points and feeding flats. The weather is also more comfortable before that sun starts bearing down on you.

Later in the summer, a thermocline may develop. Below the thermocline there is insufficient oxygen to sustain life. Therefore the fish we seek to catch will be in the top layer of water or possibly in the thermocline region (area between the top layer and the bottom layer).

Sometimes you will be able to see the thermocline on your graph, but early in the season I usually find this thermocline when my live bait starts dying at a certain depths.

With the water temperatures in the upper 70s and 80s, fish will be willing to chase your presentation. The baitfish are more active and the predators are as well.

This is typically the time of the year best known for trolling/downrigging. For you largemouth anglers, crankbaits and spinnerbaits can draw strikes from those active fish.

Early in the summer season the fish will feed more often due to their increased metabolism. Later in the summer the intense heat can raise water temperatures to the point that it stresses the fish and they may not feed. That is why in the dead of summer the fish and the anglers all appreciate a good rain to cool the environment and the lake.

Traveling fish like striped bass and white bass will move toward the deepest part of the lake where they can find slightly cooler water.

Most of the wintering birds are gone, but there are other birds to pay attention to that may help you locate fish.

See you on the water!


Some schooling/top-water action is occurring early and late.

Channel and blue catfish are fair to good on cut bait. Crappie continue to be good in the backs of creeks on small minnows and tube jigs.

Keeper striped bass are slow on live shad by Indian Harbor and on the lower end. Post-spawn sand bass are fair on slabs and spinnertype baits on the lower ends in 10-20 feet of water.

Largemouth bass are good on crankbaits, chartreuse spinner baits and on soft plastics in the creeks and near points with stickups.



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