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

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


A hot summer day can be a big challenge if your goal is to catch a fish.

The rivers are usually low and clear, so you might have to switch some things up to reel in these guys.

"In clear water, fish can see anything, see further so typically what I recommend to folks is to go to light lines, use four carbon liters, which has the same reflect-ability as water so it disappears in water," DNR Biologist Mark Scott said.

Scott said it's also key to make longer casts.

Don't just paddle right in on top of them in clear water because they'll be able to see you -- before you can see them.

You also might want to consider a different bait this time of year -- something a 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," Scott said.

You are also going to have to switch up your schedule if you want to catch a fish on the dog days of summer.

Fishing in the morning and evening hours is 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, things like that. They will still feed. They will be feeding in some moving water and the rapids and things. You just have to find them," Scott said.

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

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