5 Summer Fishing Tips

When the weather turns hot, the best place to be is by the water. If you love fishing though, then you already know that!

Here at ASO Mammoth we want everyone to enjoy the cool water in the lakes our hometown is named after, so we’ve put together a quick list of summer fishing tips that will help everyone from beginners to experts fish in Mammoth Lakes!

Keep reading to see our tips, then visit ASO Mammoth for the best fishing and outdoor gear in Mammoth Lakes!

Fish in the Early Morning and Late Afternoon

It’s true that the early bird catches the worm when it comes to fishing, but it turns out that the late one does too.

The warmest temperatures are during the day, and like people, the fish in Mammoth Lakes, which are mostly trout, are more active when the day cools off. That means that just after sunrise and in the late afternoon are the best times to cast a line.

On top of giving you a better shot at catching something, fishing during the beginning of the day and the end of it will also keep you cool and comfortable.  Don’t forget to drink plenty of water while visiting Mammoth Lakes though, as the altitude will quickly catch up with you!

Fish Near the Foot of Rapids in Moving Water

If you’re fishing in a stream where there are rapids or fast-moving waters, then the best place to cast will be near the bottom of the turbulent water.

Although quick moving water brings oxygen and food with it, fish struggle to fight against the current. Instead of wearing themselves out they’ll wait near the bottom of the rapids, likely behind a boulder that breaks the flow of the water, for food to come to them. That’s why you should cast in that area if you can!

Aim for Big Fish After Big Rain

As we said earlier, flowing water brings oxygen and food with it. As a result, wherever water is flowing fish will follow. After a big rain, most lakes and streams are muddied, full of food, and cooled down, which makes them prime areas for large fish to feed.

That’s why we recommend saving your largest bait for after big rains when the largest fish will be more likely to be feeding. If you can find an area where the water is flowing from the rainfall, you’ll do even better!

Look for Inlets and Outlets

Inlets and outlets in lakes are typically good areas to fish, but during warm weather the flowing water and changes of depth and temperature make them more likely to have fish near them. Each lake or stream has its own unique features that will take time to learn, but you’ll start off on the right foot if you check out the inlets and outlets first!

Don’t Stick to One Spot or One Bait

We’ve already mentioned that fish are like people in that they’re temperamental about what they eat and where they do it. Their unpredictable nature means that you won’t have the right spot or bait every time, so don’t become too attached.

We all know that there’s a difference between fishing and catching. If you want to do the latter then change up your tactics! There are plenty of fish and beautiful fishing spots in Mammoth Lakes, so take advantage of them all!