Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is sharing advice to anglers planning to hit the waterways for weekend fishing. Drought and low water levels continue to be issues of concern.

When fish are stressed, a long fight with an angler could prove deadly for the fish. They also have limits when it comes to the heat. When conditions are severe, there are some things anglers can do to help fish.

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Fish areas where the water is cooler

Lakes located in higher elevations typically have cooler water. In lakes and ponds, fish will most likely be in deeper, cooler water. If conditions are severe, consider fishing in another area where conditions are better. Or save fishing for another day.

Seek out cool water refuges

Rivers and streams have cooler water. Just below a rapid, water gets oxygenated. Look for shaded banks, plants, and water lilies.

Fish during the cooler portions of the day

Get up early when water temperatures are cooler and fish are most active. Beat out the swimmers and paddleboarders and other water traffic by getting there EARLIER.

Stay out later, as water temperatures will cool down when the sun is off the water.

When a fish is caught, keep it in water

If you plan to release the fish you catch, keeping your fish in the water as much as possible will help them recover.

Finally, check before you go

The fishing area you plan to visit may be closed during the hottest parts of the day. Do your research. Drought and excessive heat increase wildlife risks and road closures. You can check for fires and related road closures here.

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