During the heat of summer, a lot of the best fishing goes deep, meaning deep water or at least open water well away from the shoreline.
The recent string of hot weather has sent water temperatures at Upstate lakes soaring into the upper 80s and low 90s.
Even die-hard anglers have a hard time finding success on our area waters during the heat of summer.
On any given lake, on any given night, particularly during the summer, there are a limited number of spots where a fisherman can go, tie up a boat and have a reasonable chance at catching a cooler full of crappie.
Striped bass patterns during the summer on lakes around the Upstate and Midlands of South Carolina, as well as northeastern Georgia, typically see the fish moving back out of the feeder creeks where they migrated during the spring in response to spawning urges.
Say what you want about spring being “fishing season.” For fishing guide Joel Harris, summertime is the most consistent time to catch good numbers of good-sized bass, crappie, bream and catfish around artificial structure.
Believe it or not, around the beginning of summer every year, the thousands of anglers who follow pro crappie angler Ronnie Capps on social media forget he’s a world-class crappie fisherman.
Many anglers mistakenly believe that in order to catch a catfish, they must fish on the bottom of whatever lake, pond or river they are fishing. The truth is that catfish regularly swim off the bottom for a variety of reasons.