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West Virginia Wildlife
Fishing Strategies
Katelyn Sykes Fishing Strategies Needed When The Heat Is On

July 30, 2014
Reporter: Katelyn Sykes
Videographer: Brad Rice


The dog days of summer can be a challenge if you like to get out on the water and fish. The rivers are usually low and clear so you might have to switch some things up to reel in the fish.

"In clear water, fish can see anything, see further,” West Virginia Division of Natural Resources biologist Mark Scott said. “Typically, what I recommend to folks is to go to light lines, use four carbon liters, which has the same reflectability as water, so it disappears in water."

Scott said it’s also key to make longer casts. Don’t just paddle right in on top of fish in clear water because they will be able to see you before you can see them. You might also want to consider a different bait this time of year -- something a little bit smaller.

"Small jerk baits are really good -- 2 to 3-inch jerk baits. Jigs are good. You can always catch fish on twister-tail jigs, just about," he said.

You are also going to have to switch up your schedule if you want to catch a fish during the dog days of summer. Fishing in the morning and evening hours are the best because it’s cooler and these guys are a little more active.

"In the heat of the day, you know the water is clear, the bright sun is beating down, the fish will get under rocks, get in deeper water,” Scott said. “They'll still feed. They'll be feeding in some moving water and the rapids and things. You just have to find them."

With a little patience, before you know it, you will be reeling in some fish and putting the dog days of summer behind you.

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