I was thinking about this as I did the fishing report. Many people think their fishing options take a plunge when we get the first 100-degree day, but I have to argue thats not the case.
I think July is possibly the best month for fishing in terms of variety.
Heres my case: Everything from bluegill fishing in ponds to bass in big reservoirs to trout in high mountain lakes are available to anglers.
Theres also salmon fishing available in rivers, although the peak of the runs has already past. But you still can still fish for them.
If you want to hit the big reservoirs famous for their warmwater fishing, go early or late in the day and you can have a lot of fun. It might not be effortless fishing like the reservoirs can be during spring, but its still an option.
Steelhead update: Anybody want to switch the chinook counts to steelhead counts? Salmon fishing is winding down, but theres still fall chinook starting on Sept. 1.
In the meantime, steelhead are starting to roll in. About 33,000 steelhead have crossed Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, including 13,000 last week.
More than 500 have crossed Lower Granite Dam since June 1, but if hot weather persists, that might slow to a trickle because the river gets too warm for migration. Want to track steelhead, or stick with chinook counts? Send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.