The best news for area anglers is that August only has 10 more days to go.
“Fishing has been so tough lately,” said Rodney Thompson, co-owner of Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle. “These are the dog days of summer.”
“The fishing will get better in September and October,” said Donnie Mathes, a 29-year game warden at Fort Hood. “We’re just a few short weeks away when the weather will cool and the fishing will improve quite a bit.”
The forecast on Belton Lake on Thursday is a high temperature of 102. On Friday, the forecast calls for a high of 104.
“If we can get a day or two next week with a little bit of cooler temperatures, it may help fishing conditions a bit,” Thompson said.
Thompson and Mathes are both successful tournament anglers.
For those looking to enjoy fishing on area lakes in a noncompetitive atmosphere, both recommend an early-morning or evening-fishing timeframe.
“Fishing before 10 a.m. is a good idea for right now,” Thompson said. “And then, if you want to come back after 6 p.m., you may have some luck. By then, the water cools down a few degrees and puts the fish into a feeding mode. You can use your plastics, swim jigs and square bill crankbaits.
“But if the water temperature stays in the mid-to-high 80s, fishing will usually remain difficult.”