We’ve all heard it before, usually from people who have relocated to Arizona for one reason or another.
“The weather is beautiful. The temperature hits the triple digits, but it’s a dry heat,” they usually say.
“So is an oven,” is my standard sarcastic reply.
To me, anytime the mercury hits the mid-90s or above, it’s hot — and I don’t care where you live.
Without a doubt, this summer’s heat is bearing down on us, but that doesn’t mean the fishing can’t be equally as hot. I know what you’re thinking: “But the spawns are over, the fall cool down is still months away and every hour spent on the water feels like a session in a sauna.” That’s still no reason to give up.
There are several ways to cope with the heat. One is just deal with it and go fishing. Sure you may have to dunk your hat in the water periodically and drink lots of water. But fish can be caught.
Another tactic is to focus your outings either early or late when the temperatures aren’t as stifling. Mornings are usually safer because you won’t have to deal with those occasional evening pop-up thunderstorms.
The best tactic when trying your luck during extended periods of sweltering heat is to go deep. This became evident several weeks back while taking part in an evening bass tournament.
“It’s going to be smoking hot,” said my partner Craig Carter as we pulled into the boat ramp.
The thermometer in his truck read 102. Needless to say, attendance was lighter than normal as many of the regulars opted to forgo the contest to stay home in more comfortable confines.
It wasn’t long before we were throwing soft plastics under boat docks and other visible structure where we have caught fish before. Nothing. Then we tossed top-water lures around various types of standing vegetation. Zip. We then started working spinner baits along deeper weed edges. Again, our lures came back untouched. The water temperature display on the boat’s dash read 90 degrees.