Special Reminder for Anglers — It’s REALLY hot and dry out there!
With hot and dry weather upon us, many of Pennsylvania’s waterways are warming up and rivers and streams are experiencing below average water flows. As you can imagine, this can be a very stressful time for fish, especially cold water species like trout.
If you’re heading out fishing during this time, please consider that the added stress of being captured by an angler by line and hook under these conditions can often result in death for the trout.
In many cases, trout will seek out the closest source of cold water to provide thermal relief. This often results in many trout congregating at the mouths of cool-water tributaries or spring seeps.
Please consider that while crowded and thermally stressed trout in a pool of water may look like an easy target, these fish are typically in poor condition and difficult to catch. Anglers should avoid fishing for trout during these conditions, as it can have lasting impacts on the population
If you are considering trout fishing when conditions are stressful, please follow these recommended guidelines:
Take a water temperature upon arriving at the stream. If the water temperature exceed 70°F, be mindful that trout are experiencing thermal stress and consider fishing for warm-water species such as Largemouth Bass, panfish, or catfish.
Anglers should fish during the morning when water temperatures are lowest. Stream temperatures can rapidly increase during the afternoon and evening hours, so avoid trout fishing during that time.
Avoid fishing in areas where trout are congregated. Actively fishing for thermally stressed trout will only add additional stress to the fish, decreasing the likelihood that the fish will survive after being caught and released.
Please like and share this post to help spread the word to other anglers, especially those who are new to the sport. As always, thank you from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission!
Taken from the PA Fish and Boat Commission Facebook page