Thermocline conditions are present right now in many lakes. The thermocline, shown as a straight line on the locator, will have fish above it in water with a better oxygen content.
“August in Illinois,” says Bill Dial, “can be a very tough time to fish. I’m usually fishing 11 to 14 feet deep just above the thermocline. I’ll be using one pole vertical jigging but I will likely be using minnows this time of year. If I’m using a jig, I’ll always have scent like Crappie Nibbles.”