- Crappies can be found under boat docks or bridges as they try to avoid the hot summer sun. Slingshot a small plastic or hair jig under these shady spots. Actively feeding schools will pick these jigs off as they flutter down through the water otherwise you have to use a float at just the right height to keep the bait teasing them until they strike.
- Trout are hardly thought of this time of year except maybe by a few die-hard Pennsylvania fly anglers. Stockings have wrapped up on almost every waterway in the state, but do not forget about all those trout that were stocked in many Pennsylvania Hotspots that were never caught. Catch trout with small crankbaits and lures like the Trout Magnet. These lures can get down to the cooler, deeper waters where trout are hanging out this time of year.
- Bass fishing in summer is difficult unless you know a few secrets for summertime fishing in Pennsylvania. Oxygen is at a premium in hot water so bass tend to move out of deeper water towards shallows in lakes to grab some more O2. Target shallow flats in coves and tributaries with spinnerbaits and weightless flukes to mimic baitfish.
The perfect mix of fishing and family fun for this Fourth of July weekend.