Summertime brings about an end to morel season, but a beginning to fishing season! A few weeks ago I was able to blend the two quite nicely with a few sunset crappie ahead of one of those rainstorms. Some of the best weather I have fished happens in the hours or even minutes before a storm. This seems like an appropriate time to remind ya'll that if you can hear the thunder, you can be struck by lightning and it is not safe to fish in a thunderstorm.
When either a large scale storm, or a smaller band of thunderstorms is working closer, barometric pressure levels often fluctuate. I am a firm believer in most wildlife having an acute sense of changing barometric conditions. Whether it be Whitetail or Black Crappie, game seem to move and forage heavily when a storm moves in. Fish in particular respond to changing light levels with an increase in activity. Lower light levels tend to help fish move further from structure and up off the bottom increasing their catch-ability.
|Crappie caught on a slow retrieved beetle-spin|
with a big Colorado blade.
|14" to 16" Whites, Walleye and a small Channel tasted great next to the campfire!|
|A 16" White bass is one tough fighting fish!|
I encourage everyone to spread the word about the state-wide free fishing weekend. It's this weekend, June 7, 8 & 9. Take a neighbor or a friend who doesn't have a license and introduce them to the fun of summer fishing in Iowa. Good luck!
|Ah, yes... Summer fishing in Iowa!|