Dog Days Of Summer Bring Time To Fish

| 7/23/2014 8:31:00 AM

Country MoonWhen I was younger one of the best times of summer was right about now, with the lull between planting and harvesting. Dad worked in the factory besides farming and took his vacations from the factory in the spring and the fall for farming, but he always saved a week in midsummer just for fishing.

That’s when I got “hooked” (couldn’t resist!) on fishing because it’s not just about fishing. It’s about families and friends spending time together and making memories.

Again, I count myself lucky to live in Michigan because it has some of the best freshwater fishing anywhere. With the four Great Lakes, 11,000 inland lakes and hundreds of rivers and streams, you are never more than six minutes or six miles from a lake. Anglers have their choice of fishing for trout, walleye, salmon, perch, muskie, bass and blue gill. Any of these make for some fine eating.

After buying your license, the sport can be as cheap or as expensive as anyone desires. If you are 17 years of age or older, you need a Michigan fishing license, which is $26 for residents and $76 for non-residents and includes all fish species. Folks can buy them at licensed dealers or get an E-License 24/7 by visiting

We fished anytime we had time. Whether we caught anything was another story. Many fishermen prefer either early morning or later in the evening because it is generally cooler – for the fishermen and the fish! Also, if you are on a bigger lake, there are less speed boats, water skis and other interruptions during morning and evening hours.

Finding how deep the schools of fish are is also a concern. There is a scientific theory to this relating to what is referred to as the turnover. This is the exchange of surface and bottom water in a lake or pond, and it happens every spring and fall. During summer the sun heats the top water and the cooler water is at the bottom of lakes and ponds. Fish like it cooler at the bottom but also need the oxygen in the warmer water. Thus, their hangout is usually somewhere between two and 10 feet.

7/26/2014 8:42:47 AM

Lois, fishing memories from my youth are many. My first remembrance of fishing was with my grandpa at about age five I expect. At that time all he had was open faced reels that had whirling handles when cast out. If the line wasn't thumb controlled just right a huge snarl on the reel was certainly imminent. It took many years of practice to thumb the reel just right to keep the nasty rat nest syndrome from happening. Then I discovered the wonderful closed faced spin cast Zebco 33 reel which has been my favorite for many decades. Sadly I don't get out fishing much any more but I have many memories from my youth days when I weaseled my way along any time some one was going fishing. ***** I agree that fishing is about allot more than just catching fish and I was always taught as well that a fish caught is a fish that will be eaten. However, in my city the water shed lakes have much run off from the farm ground and of course that means all kind of chemicals are most likely in the water. Of course the state says the fish are safe to eat but I wonder about that. I've always had in mind to catch the city lake fish and put them in my 400 gallon rain water storage horse tank for the summer just to amuse the grandson and neighborhood kids then in the fall return them to the lake. So far those intentions haven't come to pass but there's always next year. ***** Have a great dog days of summer fishing day.

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