As we enter the heart of the summer, I figured it was time to discuss some summertime trout fishing tips. As the weather continues to heat up, it’s important to remember that most species of trout prefer cold, clear water, and as water temperatures increase so does the likelihood of doing damage to any trout that are caught and released. Remember to not “play” any hooked trout for too long. With higher water temperatures trout get tired much more easily than normal and spending too much time ‘playing’ them can cause irreconcilable damage to the fish. So remember to get your trout in as quickly as possible, especially if you plan on releasing them.
- The first summertime trout fishing tip is to always make sure that you’re on the water at the most opportune times. How do you figure out what the most opportune times are? Simply by learning how the weather and moon impact fishing. These two forces of Mother Nature have as much to do with fish behavior as anything you personally do, so understanding and using this information to your advantage is a great summertime trout fishing tip. Start using the weather and moon to your advantage and you will always be on the water when the trout are the most active.
- The next summertime trout fishing tip is to always make sure that your hands are free of any unnatural odors. This might sound crazy, but trout have a very sensitive sense of smell and can detect unnatural odors on your bait or lure. And guess what happens if they detect an unnatural odor on your bait or lure? Yep, they tend not to bite. This is why making sure that your hands are free of any unnatural odors is so important. The remedy to this problem is to grab a handful of grass or dirt before baiting up, and rubbing it into your hands. This will effectively eliminate any unnatural odors that may be present.
- My final summertime fishing tip is to use gang hooks for all of your live bait fishing, and especially your live worm fishing. Gang hooks allow you to present bait in a completely natural and effective manner. This is especially true when fishing with live worms. Gang hooks also allow you to hook those ‘short striking’ fish. This tip goes for all seasons, but most certainly goes for the summertime, when most anglers do their live worm fishing. Whenever you fish with live worms, make sure that you have some pre-tied gang hooks along with you. Once you start using gang hooks you’ll wonder how you ever fished without them.
Start using these summertime trout fishing tips sooner rather than later and you’ll start having much more success. These tips have personally helped me catch many more trout and I know they’ll do the same for you. Catching more trout is a goal for all of us, and these tips will help you enjoy much more fishing success.