Getting out and fishing the right times make all the difference in the world at this time of year. We all know it's hot. The fish know it too and their daytime activity and feeding has slowed to a crawl. Yet, if you can get out in the coolness of real early morning, evening or nighttime, you'll find fish that are willing to hit. Those times will be your best bets to catch carp in the dead of summer.
I got out tonight about 6 PM. A setting sun cast a long shadow and shade in the place I was fishing. I got nothing for a little over an hour. Then, from 7:30 until darkness I landed three decent mirrors that ranged from 10-15 lbs. (see photo of fish taken at darkness). I also noticed an uptick in activity at that time as fish were rolling on the surface and moving in the shallows. The fish definitely became more active as the sun was setting and the weather cooling. The three fish I landed all took doughballs, the hottest bait for me in the past two weeks. If you are planning on carp fishing in this heat, get out during the coolest parts of the day or fish at night for the best chance at getting fish.