Outdoors Angle: August Insect Hatches

Steve Carney Outdoors
Steve Carney Outdoors

The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!

     We are getting into the mid-summer period of August where fishing definitely slows down. Keep in mind the lakes are now full of freshly hatched minnows and insect larvae which has provided a smorgasbord of food choices which we as anglers are competing with. I have noticed thousands of insects dead on the lake surfaces recently which is providing protein for the gamefish. Many insects hatch from the lake bottom, then rise and die off quickly. Actually insect hatches means the lake is doing well and this insect phenomenon is a good thing. The problem for the angler is fishing will remain tough until the insect phase runs its course.

     My advice when you get on a certain lake and find the insect hatches are in full swing, change lakes. I have done this over the years and I find it best not to fight the hatches. All lakes are different and hatches happen at various times and you can avoid the hatches if you are willing to trailer and find new water.

     Fishing can still be good but you have to make sure you get on the correct lake and have the odds in your favor. Insect hatches at this time of the year are stacked against you!

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.