Are the rivers still productive for trout in late August, or are they too warm (as in many stocked lakes) at this time of year?

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Posted by Mike L
Asked on October 14, 2016 7:55 am
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Thanks for your question and sorry for the late reply. Water temperature will affect trout in rivers as well as lakes but a lot will depend on river levels, with the dry and warm weather we have had levels have dropped back and temperatures have risen meaning the fish will tend to be both less active, at least during the warmer parts of the day, and far easier to spook. This makes for challenging fishing although activity often picks up as dawn and dusk.

On the subject of water temperature, there are concerns that rising annual temperatures could have considerable impacts on our rivers. To this end it makes sense to retain tree cover to provide shade, particularly on the deeper pool sections. Light is still important for riffled sections where light is needed for invertebrate and juvenile fish development.

Getting back to fishing, during warm conditions it pays to adopt a super stealthy approach, fish early and late in the day with stretches flowing through woodland, that offer shade and are naturally cooler, often offering the best chance of some sport. Hope this helps.

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Posted by David Chapman
Answered on October 14, 2016 9:03 am
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