While you can fish year-round, depending on your location, fishing is an especially popular summer activity. There’s nothing like standing in cool water under a warm sun, in Hells Canyon or another area. However, that shining sun and accompanying hot weather can get unbearable even with the cool water. If you’re determined to enjoy fishing during the hot summer months, try the following five tips.

Fish in the Shade

Fish flock to the shade during hot summer months to keep cool and protect themselves from predators. Stepping into the shade will help keep you cool as well. With the fish hanging out nearby, you can enjoy success during your trip and protect yourself from sunburn at the same time.

Go Fishing at Night

If your desired fishing location doesn’t have much shade or you’re particularly heat sensitive, consider fishing at night. You can take overnight trips through Hells Canyon or camp at other fishing destinations. Try to stick to a location you’ve fished at before so you’re familiar with the area in the dark. Fish under a full moon for better visibility and use a black lure so fish can see the outline against the sky.

Slow Down

Like humans, fish can get lethargic from the heat. Since they slow down, we can slow down with them. Allow your bait to drag through a slow current or gently shake your bait through the water. If you want, you can let the bait sink and sit at the bottom as well. Lazy fish will eventually go after this equally lazy bait.

Stay Hydrated

Just because you’re in water doesn’t mean you’re hydrated. Even standing still in water doesn’t guarantee your body is getting the hydration it needs. You should drink roughly 56 ounces of water every day. If you’re sweating, you may need additional water and other nutrients to replace everything you’re losing in your sweat. Keep track of your water intake while you fish, and break it up with fruit juice or snacks for added nutrients.

Wear Protection

Even if you’re fishing in the shade, your skin needs protection from the sun. Harmful UV rays can cause sunburn in various conditions, especially in places as hot as Hells Canyon. Apply sunscreen on exposed skin and wear protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and hats when possible. Set a timer to reapply sunscreen throughout the day to avoid sunburn.

These five tips for fishing during the hot summer months can help you catch fish and protect yourself on Hells Canyon fishing trips. Our experts will also help you see success on the river and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.