“I think we’re fishing too shallow,” I told Carter. “If we do catch anything it’s going to come back par-boiled.”
Our shirts were soaked and perspiration ringed our hats as we moved the boat to the outer edges of deep water. On my third cast I felt a subtle “tap” and saw my line quickly move to the left. The rest of the evening was spent catching fish.
Fish are like humans — they like to remain comfortable. In times of prolonged heat, they move to deeper, cooler confines.
Pat Thompson and Jim Schrader also discovered this after a recent trip to Lake Waveland where they brought home a beautiful stringer of bluegills and crappies.
“It was unbearable,” Thompson said, when describing the weather.
The local anglers originally tried shallower areas where they have caught fish in the past, but only succeeded in hooking two small bluegills.
“As a last resort, we decided to move out deep and that’s where we caught all of our fish.” Thompson explained.
“I have never caught bluegills 14 feet deep before,” added Schrader.
A recent weather forecast showed no relief from this summer’s drought and smoldering temperatures. But don’t let that deter you from spending time on the water. Just remember to go deep.
The Kokomo Bass Anglers conducted their annual buddy tournament on Nyona Lake. After the weigh-in it was the team of Stanley Paul and Max Kelly taking first place with a limit of five largemouth bass totaling 8 pounds, 10 ounces. They also captured the tourney’s “big bass” award with a fish topping out at 3 pounds. Mark Richardson and Leslie Shelley finished second with five fish sporting a combined weight of 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Brett Kelly and Dave Pross rounded out the top three with two fish weighing 3 pounds.