Fishing experts say our record heat is impacting traditional fish migration patterns, and taking a bite out of business. Fishing guide and outfitter Austin Neary, with Dream Catcher’s Fishing Supply in Sylva, says fish, like bass, that migrate to cool rivers in the summer, haven’t migrated back to lakes yet because they’re too hot.
Some fishermen say that’s led to meager catches lately. “The water is super-hot and the fish are lazy,” says angler Craig Gorton, fishing Friday on Lake Junaluska. Neary says usually by now he’s made several bookings with customers to catch bass on area lakes, but due to the warmth of the water, those are delayed.
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