I realize that the title of this topic is a LITTLE misleading...but read on!
When summer temps get above 80*, most fish no matter where you are in America are a bit stressed. It's fairly well documented about fish's preference for cooler water during the hot temps. There's even been reports of guys fishing the Great Lakes for salmon and trout that have caught an occassional pike down close to 100 ft.
Springs and spring-fed creeks provide a cold water source for all fish in the hot weather months...but unless you have an expensive water temp gauge (colder water sinks in the summer) finding this cooler water can be a task.
Here's a simple way to find some of those cooler waters....in the middle of winter.
I've been watching several areas in my neck of the woods....and went out today with my camera. We've had 5 days of no temps above maybe 15* in the daytime, and night-time temps dipped down to as low as -20*
And STILL....I found open water...fed by springs or spring-fed creeks.
And you can BET the house that when the temps of summer reach +80*...there will be fish hanging out near these areas.
Here's some pics I took...
Now this next one is obviously a creek that doesn't have much flow or spring water....too much ice there. Unless there's rain / melt-off chances are there won't be many fish near the outlet of this in warm weather.
Life Member David BB Linkmeister
US Army '78-'85