How Hot Is Too Hot?
With the recent temperatures being consistently in the low to mid 90s in the Philadelphia area, the little fishing I've done over the past few weeks has been that of the warmwater variety. Sunfish, bluegill, rock bass, and the random smallie being the typical quarry. And you know what, even with the consistent bite that panfish provide, that kind of fishing gets a little boring after a while. At least to me. If that sounds douchebaggy I apologize, but it's also the truth.
So with this past weekend's temps a bit lower, (in the high 80s), I thought I'd at least give Valley Creek a peek and see what the water temps were. I have a rule that when water temps are in the high 60s, low 70s it's probably not a good idea to go for fishing for trout, especially wild ones. I don't know if the 70 degree barrier is rooted in science, it's just what I've told or absorbed over the years as a good temperature to start leaving the trout alone.
Stream thermometer in hand, I headed over to The Creek Valley (the British pronunciation) yesterday afternoon. K.C. was out with friends and Lilly was spending the afternoon at my Mom's house. After a short dip in a few different spots; water temp...64 degrees...so I thought I'd give it a go.
I caught a enough Valley brownies to make me content after about two and a half hours of fishing. All the pics above and hook removal was done with the fish in the net with the fish still in the water. I really didn't want to add additional stress to the fish in these temps.
High 80s or not, with the humidity it was still freakin' hot, and honestly, a lot of fellow anglers must have had the same idea as me...I deal with enough traffic on my commute to & from work during the week, I didn't feel like dealing with it on the weekend too.
So to close, I'm wondering - is 70 degree water temperature a legit cutoff for wild trout fishing? I know there are other variables at play, but would love to learn your rule of thumb, if you have one...