As a general rule, the best times to fish are at dawn and dusk and the catch greatly slows down during the middle of the day. However, there are times that an angler simply cannot work an early morning or late evening fishing trip into his or her schedule. While catching fish in the middle of the day is usually difficult it can be done. Here are some tips that a person can use on their next midday fishing trip.
The first rule of fishing during midday is to look for shade. Many fish such as walleye will avoid bright sunlight anytime and most fish will avoid bright sunlight when the water is hot. On lakes and open rivers, fish will often be found grouped together in the few shady areas available. Another bonus of fishing shady areas is that the angler can get out of the hot sun as well.
Watch the Weather
Changes in the weather will often trigger fish to feed. An angler will usually find good fishing anytime that a storm or other significant weather change is approaching regardless of the time of day. Many anglers will leave the water as storm clouds approach, but the fishing is often best just before or even after the rain starts to fall. Changes in temperature and calm conditions after a stormy period may also increase the bite.
Midday fishing usually means fishing in hot weather. To find cooler water where active fish may still be feeding, target areas of deeper water. In smaller rivers, areas where the current is calm are usually the deepest. In lakes and ponds, a person should fish near the dam or in any deep channel. In addition to deep water, areas where small streams enter a river or lake will also be sources of cooler water. An angler should also target these areas, especially if it has deep water or shade.
Another way to make midday fishing productive is to use live bait. Night crawlers, minnows and other living bait will often attract a bite when nothing else will. An angler needs to be patient and let the bait sit for long periods of time. By letting the bait sit, the angler will be giving the few fish that are feeding enough time to find the bait. An angler might want to consider adding a spoon, rattle or other attractant to the rig to make it easier to find.
The one time of the year when fishing during the middle of the day is most productive is during the cold winter months. Fish activity generally slows during cold weather, but the fishing action will pick up during the warmest times of the day. On a midday winter fishing trip, target shallow areas that receive direct sunlight. These areas will warm up the quickest and may be the best place to find bass and other game fish that will bite.