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Brief fishing report

Due to the statewide opening of the general-season deer and elk archery hunt on Aug. 16, conservation officers and biologists have turned their attention to hunter and harvest monitoring. Consequently, fishing reports are few and far between.

Despite the lack of specific fishing tips, a few general principles may be useful. After the first autumn chill, trout become more active. Although they continue to spend the majority of the day in deep water, trout will venture into shallow water with increasing frequency. Diminishing daylight and dropping water temperatures stimulate feeding.

Right now, trout are feeding during nighttime hours, primarily because of the full moon. This makes angling less productive. By Labor Day weekend, however, this will change with the new moon phase. In fact, Labor Day will be a good time to fish if you're planning some outdoor recreation.

Fishing during the morning and evening hours will still produce more fish for the creel. And fishing deep water from a boat or pontoon will be much more productive than shoreline angling. That trend will change in the next month or so as water temperatures cool consistently across lakes and reservoirs. Although most sportsmen focus on hunting at this time of year, fall is one of the best times of the year to toss a line in the water.




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