One of my very favorite times to bass fish is this time of year. There is not better time for me to be on the water than when daylight is just starting to creep in.
I remember one August morning on D’Arbonne I was fishing where Burnt Stump Slough connects with the main channel.
I was casting a black buzz bait and when my retrieve brought the lure within six feet of the boat, a thunderous explosion almost took the rod from my hand.
A five pound bass saw my sputtering lure as breakfast about to get away and nailed the buzz bait.
I fished awhile longer but once the sun topped the cypresses to the east, I motored to the ramp, trailered my boat and headed to the cool comfort of my air conditioned home.
Early mornings during August, the bass have no hesitation at hitting a topwater lure.
However, most of the bites occur before the summer sun begins its scorching trip across the sky.
As a result, most casual anglers like me head home for the air conditioning.
For more serious bass anglers like those fishing in or scouting for tournaments, rising temperatures are not going to stop them.
They adapt their techniques to locating fish once they leave their ambush points in the early morning shallows. Soft plastics fished around shady structure like boat docks and overhanging cypress branches will often produce.
These fake worms and lizards can be fished a variety of ways with the Texas rig, Carolina rig or wacky style being some of the most popular presentations.
Bream fishermen can still do their thing even in the heat of summer.
Within the past couple of weeks, I have received reports of fishermen catching bluegills almost as fast as they did back in May when the spring spawn was just kicking in.
A friend reported to me recently that he went to a pond known for producing big bream in spring and caught all the bluegills he cared to clean.
The only difference was that he tossed out his first cricket at 1:00 pm on a day when the temperature was approaching triple digits. Apparently a second spawn was taking place and the bream were ready to do business.
I have also caught bream this time of year using a slightly different technique.
Chinquapins tend to settle in during summer on the clean flats in 8-10 foot water.
My partner and I caught probably 50 big chinquapins on cold worms fished on the bottom.
Just because the weather is hot doesn’t mean you have to dig a package of filets from the freezer if you want a fish fry in summer.
Here’s another species that can be caught in the heat of summer.
Crappie tend to suspend in bunches over deep water in channels on our lakes and often the best fishing takes place in the middle of the day.
Either drifting shiners or jigs or sitting on a spot where you have located a school of crappie will often produce.
I had a serious crappie fishermen tell me once that he had located a big school of crappie suspended in a channel and the fishing was hot, and so was he.
Periodically, he would leave his honey hole to take a fast ride down the lake and back to his spot just to cool off.
Striped bass can often be found this time of year churning the water to a froth as they chase shad on the surface. Shad imitation lures will usually produce action hot enough to match the weather.
Obviously, precautions should be taken when on the lake under sweltering conditions.
Sun screen is a must and it is equally important to stay hydrated. However, you can put fish in the boat even with the hot August sun beaming down.