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What Types of Fish Can You Hope to Find This Summer

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By Allen Brown

Summertime to most anglers is the best scenario to cast the line out into the water. It's the sun on the back, a gentle breeze on the face, and the promise of a strike with a solid fight to follow that draws you back again and again.

Whether you are experienced with years of fishing or not, there are several things to know and learn about the art of fishing.

If you are wondering what fish species are available, as well as information on water type and oxygenation needed, this article may come in handy.

5 Common Types of Fish in Summer Time

1. Catfish

Catfish opt for cooler, more oxygenated water to feed. Thus, the hunt for this type is recommended to start in the early morning or the late evening. According to its shade-loving feature, it’s a good idea to search around tree stumps, large rocks, or anything that offers shade and some relief from the heat.

If it is possible, rivers might be the best bet for easier catfish catching. Don’t forget to use bait that is familiar to your catfish. You can ask around if you're unsure about the best bait.

2. Bass

Just like the rest of the fish, bass go deep for the summer, therefore, it’s necessary to get a topographical map of your lake before heading out. You may also want to find out about the types of bass available since the bass name is made up of loads of different types that live in various bodies of water and different depths. This information will prove helpful for your fishing success.

Bass tend to congregate in a small area of a structure, so you may have to search a bit. Again, being informed with a topographical map, as well as understanding the differences in bass types, will allow you to know where the best locations will be for your bass to potentially be feeding.

If your lake has grass, the fish might be lurking there. But don’t be discouraged; if you fish it shallow and to its depths, you'll increase your chances for success and have fun in the process!

3. Carp

Carp tend to reside in murky water and are likely to spook easily when the water is clear. These fish also prefer warmer waters, so muddy water with dense vegetation along the shoreline, backwaters, and side channels especially in the early morning are the perfect location to spot carp.

Carp are omnivorous and mostly feed on insects among aquatic vegetation like plankton, insects, larvae, as well as tender plant stems and river weeds.

When it comes to bait, one of the most affordable options is sweet corn. The combination of salty and sweet flavors in canned sweet corn is irresistible to carp. Plus, corn kernels are easy to thread directly onto your hook.

Boilies are another go-to bait for many carp anglers. Bring a lot of bait though, as carp are more active in the summer months, so they feed quite a bit to keep up that energy.

Boilies used to catch carp in the summer don’t have to be colorful to catch the carp's attention. Instead, they should be meatier, more protein-based to suit the carp's more active lifestyle. The scent of the fishmeal in the boilies will be appealing to the carp.

4. Trout

Fish location, behavior, and fishing tactics vary depending on whether you’re fishing in still waters such as lakes and ponds, or moving water like rivers and streams.

However, in general, trout usually reside around logs, stumps, rocks, or other structures at stream inlets, where streams flowing into the lake or pond are bringing cool, fresh water and a supply of food, such as aquatic vegetation. These fish will not get too far away from the cover that offers protection from predators, so may be a bit trickier to catch.

It's sometimes recommended to keep a thermometer with you while fishing for trout. Make sure the location you are heading to has a water temperature between 50-68 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're not at a cool location, it’s better to search for cooler waters if you want to catch these fish. Consider renting a boat when going lake fishing so that you can get to deeper, cooler waters at the center of the lake.

5. Crappie

You can find crappie in ponds, lakes, reservoirs, and large, slow-moving waters. Like other gilled friends mentioned above, crappie head for cooler waters. Hence, in warm months of summer you may need to add lead weight to your line to help the hook sink to a deeper level where the water temperature is lower.

If you want to catch crappie near the surface, night fishing is an ideal option. During the evening, they are often right in the shallows for your fishing delight.

Safety And Legal Concern

Fishing laws are intended to conserve and improve fish populations. Make sure to abide by the rules and regulations concerning the limits on the number and size of fish that can be caught to help with this. Obeying fishing regulations is the responsibility that goes with the wonderful privilege of fishing.

And always, prioritize your safety no matter how bad you want those fish to be yours. Finally, keep these useful tips in mind for your next day out on the water, and enjoy a happy fishing day!

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