Bass and trout are the best ‘dog days’ targets

August is normally the month that outdoor activities lean toward the more laid-back approach and primarily consist of less strenuous and less serious endeavors. It’s the month that sees the most barbecues and clambakes scheduled. Lakeside camp owners are enjoying what is traditionally the winding down of their properties’ peak annual usage. With the return to school looming nearer, it’s the month many youngsters spend more time fishing for eager-to-cooperate sunfish with their parents or grandparents. But there are a couple other activities for those in the know that can get as hot as an August day.

Because of their tolerance for warmer water temperatures, largemouth bass remain active right through the hottest weeks of the summer. While other gamefish species tend to spend the bulk of the daylight hours being inactive, largemouths will continue to be opportunistic when it comes to feeding and will attack any unfortunate prey that comes too close to the bass’ shaded cover structure.

The surprising thing about largemouths during the peak summer water temperatures is where they’ll often be located. They’re as apt to be found in a foot of water close to shore as in the ten-foot depths farther out. For this reason, surface lures cast within a foot of the shore can often produce excellent results. And few experiences in angling are more exciting than having a large bass explode on a surface lure in ultra shallow water. For fishing in the deeper waters, plastic worms and jig-and-pigs, worked very slowly along bottom are usually effective.

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