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OUT-Weekly-fishing-tip-crappie_originalUnderstanding the thermocline 

From Michigan DNR

Most lakes, sometime during the summer, will develop a thermocline. Understanding how the thermocline works and what it means for your fishing tactics, is important to having a successful day on the water.

Here are a few simple things to keep in mind in relation to the thermocline and its parallel layers.

Epilimnion Layer

This layer is at the top and thus receives the most sunlight. You’ll typically find bluegill and bass (and other warmwater and bait species) here as it’s the warmest.

Thermocline Layer

This is the middle layer. You’ll often find crappie and walleye congregate here.

Hypolimnion Layer 

This is the bottom layer and also the coldest and densest. Species you’ll find here include lake trout, whitefish and northern pike.

Keep in mind the thermocline can change day to day and in the fall it will mix with the other layers to create an entirely different dynamic of the lake.

This tip was adapted from Michigan Outdoor News.

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