Leave ’em be (7-15-2020)

Torrid temperatures and lack of rain in Western PA have combined to deliver a “perfect storm” of bad conditions to the fish in our streams and lakes, especially the trout. Trout like it cold, in part because there’s more oxygen in the water. Trout tolerate water temps in the 70’s but are living on the edge. Being hooked, played and landed may be a fatal event for a trout these days. So fish for bass and other warm water species or put the rods away, and get out the golf clubs. Leave ’em be till the weather cools off and we get a lot of rain…probably ’till Fall. -ED & Bob Heil