July is just days away and the water temperatures are beginning to show it. We have our 1st recordings with surface temps solidly in the 80s and you have to get down to about 20' to get to the low 70's or lower. Being to take these water temperatures in mind with your summer fishing.
We are starting to see a consistent layer of high-70's water develop in the upper 15' or so of the water column before it drops off to temperatures more conducive for the stripers. While they may come up to feed briefly in this upper layer, look for the fish to be starting to hold deeper as the Summer moves on.
Here's the latest installment of the water temps, though your admin is about a week late in posting them...... Starting to flirt with surface temps at 80 in the afternoon, so keep that in mind when fishing for stripers - use sufficiently heavy tackle to minimize the fight if you plan to C&R and get those fish back in the water and deep quickly!
June is here - the unofficial start of Summer - Memorial Day - is behind us. Temperatures continue to rise, raising the surface temps. We are seeing consistent mid-70's in the upper 15 or so feet of water. As the temperatures continue to warm, keep this in mind when catching those stripers - if you plan to Catch & Release, get them to the boat as quickly as possible and back in the water - keeping them out of that warm surface water as much as possible.
Our "Man on the Water", Joel J, diligently collects water temperature measurements across the lake.