Game and Fish Department gives some tips on fishing in the summer heat

Updated: Jul. 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - With temperatures on the rise some anglers in Wyoming may be having trouble with catching fish like normal. This is because many Wyoming fish such as trout are accustomed to cold water. The rise in temperature makes it hard for these types of fish to take in oxygen. There are some fish in Wyoming that are more accustomed to warm weather though and thrive in the environment. Some of these types of fish include Bass, Brim, and Catfish.

When it comes to catching things like Trout and Kokanee you may have to stick to rivers, whose waters stay cooler in the summer time, or cast deeper into lakes and reservoirs. The department also recommends that anglers go earlier in the mornings to fish since this is often the coolest time of the day.

“First off fish early in the morning, that’s when water temperatures are the coolest, but monitor that water temperature as the day goes on and if the temperature starts approaching 70 degrees we don’t recommend continuing to catch an release trout,” said Matt Hahn, the Regional Fisheries Supervisor for the Casper area.

It can be quite harmful to catch and release Trout in warm waters because it can be very difficult for them to get oxygen in high temperatures. The Department does say that it is alright to continue to catch trout in warm waters if you plan to eat them instead of release them again.

So when out fishing this summer in the record heat you may need to try some different strategies than usual to get the best results. This includes going to new locations, going at different times, and even fishing for totally different fish than you normally might.

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