Fish Rap: It is starting to feel a lot like summer

June 4, 2014 

I know I can be a bit weather obsessive in this column because so much of what we do fishing is reliant on weather. I'm not talking about hoping it's sunny and 70, because how often have you traveled to one of your favorite spots and then had a storm chase you off the water and put fish down for the rest of the weekend?

Kind of an obvious question. If you've fished long, it's happened.

So what's that have to do with summer? Well, things are going to get hot real soon, and it's time to start thinking about that. We've had a pretty fickle spring with lots of weather changes, but I have a feeling it's going to get hotter sooner rather than later. When the water temperatures start creeping up, the fish tend to get a little harder to find.

The good news is that might be a few weeks away.

But it should give you a sense of urgency. There's a lot of good fishing available right now, from local ponds to salmon fishing in the Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers.

That variety is going to get narrowed down soon, so think about that as you make your weekend plans.

Of course, one of the cool things about Idaho is when one fishing opportunity starts winding down another starts ramping up, so start watching those rivers. They drop pretty fast when the snowmelt slows down and fishing improves.

You also have the opportunity to go higher in elevation and start hitting those middle and high-elevation fishing spots.

Mountain lakes are starting to thaw and trails to them will be getting cleared soon.

There's good stuff ahead, but lots of really good stuff right now. Don't let any of it slip away.

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