Drought and Water Temps in Western US

Thank You(!) Dr. Tom for the timely reminder that if we’re Fishing For Trout? Check your Water Temperature First.

I’m finally getting out tomorrow after 5 weeks of working in the yard and an unexpected illness in the middle. A favorite lower elevation (350’) “early season” coastal stream that is open year round is now too low and the water is undoubtedly too warm to fish without a real risk of harming the fish, even if following hoot-owl protocol. I am going to try a higher elevation (1700’) stream with a slightly higher gradient and will be checking temp throughout the day. I plan to cease fishing by 2:00 PM, or sooner if the water temp rises above ~63°F.

Again, Thanks for the reminder!