Summer pike-perch fishing
Hot temperatures, bright light and low water levels make life difficult for anglers in search of capital zander. Nevertheless, pike-perch fishing in the summer is not completely hopeless – as long as you know how to tackle it. We have therefore summarised the most important information, tips and tricks for zander fishing in the summer here.
Behaviour of pike-perch in summer
Pike-perch like warmth – it’s not for nothing that the circulation tanks in pike-perch farms are set to a temperature of 22 °C. However, pikeperch gets out of control when it is excessively hot. As a result, pike-perch are found mainly in deeper waters, especially at lunchtime: In rivers, zander tend to stay in the middle of the stream at midday in summer, and in lakes the popular fish are also found in the middle of the lake or on dams. In the mornings and evenings, the zander finally seek food on the banks, where most of the prey fish are found at this time of day.
Which lures are best suited for summer zander fishing?
In contrast to pike-perch fishing in winter, where larger baits are better suited, it is better to use smaller ones in summer. Rubber fish are a good choice here: small to medium-sized lures with a length between 7.5 and 12.5 centimetres are recommended. Wobblers can also prove to be advantageous. Nevertheless, despite the small lure, you should put on heavier jigs, as the small prey fish move surprisingly fast in the water in summer and the resulting behaviour can be better imitated with heavier jigs. Recommended for this are models between 14 and 16 grams.
Anglers should also keep a few things in mind when luring zander in summer. The prey fish of the zander move particularly fast in summer and the zander themselves are usually well fed and can go hunting particularly aggressively with sufficient energy. In summer, anglers can accordingly draw zander’s attention to the lure with quick, short strokes and changes of direction. This type of bait guidance is especially recommended in the morning and evening hours when the zander are on the hunt for prey – at lunchtime you should instead rely on simple bait guidance with a medium catching speed.
Which lure colours work well in summer?
Opinions differ as to which colours work particularly well in summer. Light yellow or orange specimens are often offered in this connection, but anglers have also reported success in summer zander fishing with lures in natural or darker colours. The explanations for these recommendations are as varied as the choice of bait itself: While some anglers focus on contrasts and choose lures that stand out the most from the sky or the ground, other experts argue with the similarity of natural lures to real bait fish.
Biting times of zander in summer
If you know when and where to cast your rod in summer to catch a zander, you can generally achieve success in summer zander fishing regardless of the time of day. In the early hours of the morning the zander set off in search of prey near the shore – the same applies to the cooler evening hours. However, it is also possible to fish for zander at lunchtime in summer: At midday, when the zander retreat to cooler, darker and more oxygen-rich areas in deeper waters, anglers with spots in the middle of lakes or in the middle of rivers are well advised. As a special feature, anglers should bear in mind that fish usually travel in company – if you were lucky enough to catch a zander at a certain place at a certain time of day, other fish are usually not far away.
Summer locations: Where are the zander?
In summer you can find the zander at changing locations: While the zander tend to stay near the shore in the morning and evening and go on the prowl here, they prefer deep waters in the hot midday hours. This is where the fish go not only because of the cooler temperatures and more pleasant light conditions, but also because of the higher oxygen content in the water.