Freshwater Fish Temperatures

  • Jun 11, 2020
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Preferred Water Temperatures for Freshwater Sportfish

Each type of freshwater fish is different, so you can expect their preferred water temperatures to vary. As a general rule, most fish will become more active at the warmer end of their preferred temperatures.

Above all, knowing the water temperatures at your favorite fishing spot can highly determine your fishing success. You’ll also want to check the best fishing times before venturing out on your big fishing trip.

Freshwater Fish Like Cold Water

In general, freshwater fish prefer cooler water than saltwater fish. The average water temperature range for freshwater fish is 59F to 68F.

Saltwater Fish Temperatures

However, there are several exceptions like the catfish, which love warm water.

Freshwater Fish Temperatures Table

SpeciesTemp Preferred (Degrees F)
 
BASS
Largemouth80-82
Rock70
Smallmouth65-73
Spotted70-78
Striped65-70
White66-75
Whiterock70’s
BLUEGILL
 69-85
CARP
 79-84
CATFISH
Channel70-87
Flathead82-88
CHAR
Arctic53-61
CRAPPIE
Black70-75
White61-71
DRUM
Freshwater74
GRAYLING
Arctic47-52
KOKANEE
 50-57
MUSKELLUNGE
 63-78
PERCH
White75-85
Yellow66-77
PICKEREL
Chain66-80
Grass78
PIKE
Northern55-65
PUMPKINSEED
 82
SALMON
Atlantic50-62
Chinook50-63
Chum48-57
Coho44-57
Pink49-57
Sockeye50-59
SAUGER
 66-67
SHAD
American59-70
SPLAKE
 54
STEELHEAD
 48-52
SUNFISH
Green87
TROUT
Brook45-61
Brown56-65
Cutthroat50-65
Golden50-60
Lake40-55
Rainbow50-70
WALLEYE
 59-68
WHITEFISH
Lake<51
Mountain48-52

Conclusion

In short, knowing the preferred water temperatures of your favorite freshwater fish is half the battle. After that, it’s all up to you to find the fish.

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