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– Marci

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MP900390515Water Temperatures

Water temperature has a major affect on game fish activity in both fresh and saltwater. All fish species have a preferred temperature range in which they are most active and, therefore, more susceptible to being caught. Here are ideal water temperatures for the most popular species of freshwater fish:

Ideal Conditions Chart
Plus or minus 3 degrees of “Most Active” water temperatures is prime fishing.

Fish                                 Lower                    Most Active                 Upper

Black Crappie             60°F (15°C)          70°F (21°C)               75°F (24°C)

Bluegill                        58°F (14°C)          69°F (20°C)               75°F (24°C)

Brook Trout               44°F (7°C)             58°F (14°C)               70°F (21°C)

Brown Trout              44°F (7°C)             58°F (14°C)               74°F (23°C)

Carp                             74°F (24°C)           84°F (29°C)             88°F (31°C)

Chain Pickerel           60°F (15°C)           66°F (19°C)              74°F (23°C)

Catfish                         55°F (13°C)           82°F (28°C)              89°F (32°C)

Chinook Salmon       44°F (7°C)             54°F (12°C)               60°F (15°C)

Coho Salmon             44°F (7°C)             54°F (12°C)              60°F (15°C)

Green Sunfish            73°F (23°C)          87°F (31°C)              91°F (33°C)

Kamloops Trout        46°F (8°C)            49°F (9°C)                57°F (14°C)

Lake Trout                  42°F (4°C)           54°F (12°C)               62°F (17°C)

Lake Whitefish          43°F (6°C)            51°F (11°C)               63°F (17°C)

Largemouth Bass      50°F (10°C)          70°F (21°C)             84°F (29°C)

Northern Pike            56°F (13°C)          63°F (17°C)              74°F (23°C)

Rainbow Trout          44°F (7°C)            61°F (16°C)              75°F (24°C)

Sauger                         55°F (13°C)          67°F (19°C)              74°F (23°C)

Smallmouth Bass      60°F (16°C)         67°F (19°C)              73°F (23°C)

Spotted Bass              71°F (22°C)          75°F (24°C)             80°F (27°C)

Steelhead Trout        38°F (3°C)            50°F (10°C)            60°F (16°C)

Sunfish                       50°F (10°C)          58°F (19°C)             68°F (20°C)

Walleye                       50°F (10°C)         67°F (19°C)             76°F (24°C)

White Bass                 62°F (17°C)         70°F (21°C)             78°F (26°C)

For more info on the actual water temperatures near you, visit OurdoorLife’s Water Temperature page and insert your state.

Happy Hunting (and Fishing)!

– Marci

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Nice video on how to easily clean and skin a trout.

Happy Hunting (and Fishing)!

– Marci

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Knowing your fish is most certainly an important part of fishing.  Trout and salmon are a good example of why we need to be able to easily identify fish.  One salmon may be in season while another one is out.  Unless you want to risk a big fine, you’d better make sure you’re not trying to keep the wrong one!

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has a very nice chart to help you identify game fish.  It also has lots of additional information on the fish such as life history, feeding habits and angling techniques.

Know before you go!

Game Fish Identification

Happy Hunting & Fishing!

– Marci

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When I go fishing, I seem to setup my gear just fine.  But to be honest, I don’t actually know what I’m doing.  I’m just guessing.  Well here is a great little diagram for a very basic fishing setup and how to tie a basic fishing knot.  Now I can do it correctly with the guesswork taken out of it!

Basic Fishing Setup

 

 

Happy Hunting & Fishing!

– Marci

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