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Warm doesn't always mean warm

February 4th 2013 05:43

Maybe this hasn't been the worst winter on record, it still leaves a lot to be desired--especially if you consider the last few days around here.

One good thing has happened this winter, I haven't seen any morons trying to ice fish on the river. As this blog has stated many times, Don't Ice Fish On Rivers!

Since fish are cold blooded animals, you have to remember they're going to try to stay out of cold water when possible and be fairly inactive when they have no alternative to cold water.

Humans, on the other hand, aren't cold blooded but we try and stay out of the cold, for the most part, too.

However, on the first warm day, it's not unusual to see people run out to their favorite fishing spot. Often, to disappointment!

Unfortunately, what many people fail to realize is that the surrounding air warms up much quicker than the body of water they are fishing. In fact, it's not uncommon for a difference of ten degrees to exist between the tater temperature and air temperature!

Right away, people are going to say, "I caught a big one as soon as the ice melted!"

You probably did! When it warms up after a cold snap, it's not unusual for fish to go shallow, bask in the sun, and try and warm up. AND if you're on a lake with an inlet getting lots of sun, so much the better. Fish that inlet and fish it hard! Start with shallow baits and work your way deeper.

Remember to take the hooks outta yer pocket before ya sit down!
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