With temperatures reaching as high as 115 degrees Farhenheit in some areas of the state this summer, many ponds and lakes have suffered with the combination stagnant water, low oxygen and deadly algae. The result has been reports of fish kills in several areas, including Cheney, where one angler reported seeing 22 dead fish floating in the lake, mostly wipers and walleye.
While this is certainly a concern for anglers, the good news is he reported that the fish that survived were biting and he caught several mid-sized wipers during the morning hours, before the sun blasted him out. This fall could bring a nice haul for wipers in certain areas, but more than likely in areas that have some shade over them in the form of trees, bridges, buildings, docks or other areas.
If you are unfamiliar with this species of fish, it is a cross between a white bass and a striped bass, and is also known as "sunshine bass" or "Cherokee bass" in other areas of the country. It is a hard-fighting gamefish that can usually be caught with crankbaits or other fast-moving lures, and can be caught either by trolling in a boat with a leader or by bank fishing in the right areas. Bridges are hot spots for this fish.
As the weather continues to cool down during the fall, you can also take advantage of the lake's heated dock, which keeps you from freezing as winter approaches and also attracts fish, particularly at night.