Fishing cool: Beating Arizona’s sultry summers

Arizona summertime fishing means night-fishing picks up.
Arizona summertime fishing means night-fishing picks up. Bartlett Lake in the Tonto National Forest is always a good night-fishing option for bass.

If you’re the type of angler who likes sweat-soaked, year-round fishing opportunities in Arizona, here’s a few simple tips to stay safe — and cool:

  • Go early or go late.
  • Don’t go at all (is that an option?)
  • Drink water every 15-20 minutes.
  • Drink something with electrolytes to prevent muscle cramps.
  • Bring your own shade (wide-brimmed hats, shade shelters, etc)
  • Plan a trip to a cooler part of the state. White Mountains, anybody?
  • Get wet. Soaking a handkerchief in the water and keeping it on your head, and under your hat, is a great way to keep your body temperature stable. Anglers also could wrap an evaporative cooling towel around their neck.
  • Know your limits: summertime might not the time to be trying for a personal best.
  • Leave detailed plans with someone (float plan).
  • Sign up for a boating safety class.

How to fish in Arizona in the summer

Also, methods of fishing on the summer heat differs. For desert bass fishing, all methods of tackle must be lightweight — light lines, small hooks and sinkers, etc.  Bites from these lethargic fish will be light, so be patient before setting the hook.

Are you interested in Arizona's wildlife and outdoor recreation — or do you know someone who is? Subscribe or give a gift subscription to Arizona Wildlife Views.
Are you interested in Arizona’s wildlife and outdoor recreation — or do you know someone who is? Subscribe or give a gift subscription to Arizona Wildlife Views.

For an in-depth explanation of summertime fishing tactics, see a “From the Field” — For the Angler — column in the May/June issue of our Wildlife Views magazine. This issue also contains fishing articles about how fisheries managers perform creel surveys, and details about our Arizona Trout Challenge.

Complete fishing information also is available.

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