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Water Temp

USE PREFERRED WATER TEMP TO FIND FISH

Every species of fish has a preferred water temperature range. Think of water temperature as fish holding structure. Using preferred water temperature it is possible to eliminate non-productive water quickly. Fish want to be where they are comfortable, so it pays to fish in their preferred water temperature range!

Every body of water has temperature changes from the surface to the bottom. There are layers of water where the temperature will be significantly different from the surrounding water. These differences are called temperature breaks. Larger, deeper lakes tend to have more temperature breaks.

When fish suspend in the water column it is usually by water temperature. Using a Fish Hawk System or TD will allow you to find the depth of the correct water temperature for the species you are targeting.

PREFERRED WATER TEMPS FOR POPULAR FRESHWATER SPECIES
SPECIES  LOWER OPTIMAL UPPER
 Black Crappie 60 70 75
 Bluegill  58  69 75 
 Brown Trout  44  60 75 
 Chinook Salmon  42 50 60 
 Coho Salmon  44  54 60 
 Kokanee   55  
 Lake Trout 42  50  
 Landlocked Atlantic Salmon   54   
 Largemouth Bass 50  65 75
 Muskellunge 55    72
 Northern Pike 56 63  74
 Rainbow Trout 44 55  75
 Steelhead 38 55 75
 Walleye 50 67  76
 White Crappie   61  
 Yellow Perch 58 68  74
 Alewife  48  54  72
 Emerald Shiner   61  
 Gizzard Shad   69  
 Rainbow Smelt 43  50  57
 Spottail Shiner    54   
Temperatures shown in degrees Fahrenheit