Learning how to fish in or after an inclement weather situation is an absolute must for any angler who wants to be successful. And quite frankly, that is all of us, and none of us want to waste our time and come up totally empty handed after a day of fishing.
So we need to learn how to maximize the effectiveness of our time when we do get time to fish, and learning how the weather affects the water and the type of fish you are fishing for is crucial to the situation and fishing scenario at hand.
Fishing after rain can either prove to be an absolutely terrible occasion, or it can prove to be quite the opposite.
These five tips will be sure to help you analyze the weather so you can identify when to fish like there’s no tomorrow and
Tip #1: Understanding How Weather Fronts Affect Fishing
This seems like something that is a bit strange for an angler to know
But this information comes in really handy when an inclement weather situation happens. Knowing if a front has passed will allow you to know how to further proceed with the day of fishing.
When a rain passes through, it is typical that a front has also passed through too. So this means that you success will largely be due to whether or not a front has passed.
If the conditions are similar to how they were before the rain, there is a chance that a pass did not actually pass through. So this really means that you should keep throwing whatever you were having success with before the rain occurred.
So when it does become sunny after a period of rain, know that bass will ultimately tend to move closer to cover. Changing your strategy and location of casts and crucial here, and using a lure that is perhaps larger and a bit slower in nature
Tip #2: Understanding Water Temperature
The next most important thing to understand when fishing after rain is understanding how the water temperature is affected.
Water temperature might be the most crucial factor when you are fishing or are planning on fishing directly after (and/or during) a period of rain.
If the water was already warm and there was a period of warm rain, then this will most likely turn out to be a situation where the bass and other fish are going to become much more active.
This is also going to be a great thing for fish of all types, and in the event of a warm
NOTE: If the water was warm or cold and it was hit by a very cold period of rain, there is a great chance that it isn’t going to be the most optimal fishing day.
Again in this
Tip #3: Daily Feeding Times
Daily feeding times could totally disrupt any greater logic about fishing after rain. This is great to know because it could seriously factor into your day’s fishing experience. This is
This is great for us, and this gives us as anglers some inside knowledge on how to study the areas we are fishing. Especially when it comes to lakes, we’ll find that different types of fish have their own certain feeding times that largely don’t change regardless of weather conditions!
Tip #4: Oxygenated Water and Why that’s a Great Thing for Anglers
This point could possibly be the simplest one: rain oxygenates the water and makes it more pleasant, enjoyable, and healthy for the fish to swim about in.
This is great to know too because this will really help us catch fish like carp in particular, and this is because they are a type of fish that is more inclined to seek out this type of refreshing water to relax and eat some grass and hang out in.
NOTE: Again if the rain was cold then carp will most likely not be around their typical areas, so it’s always great to be aware of tip #2 and how water temperature will affect the fishing scenario.
This is a great note because we often get frustrated and try to make up for it by using ten times as much bait as we would have before, but this just ends up being a waste of bait.
Why is this? Because it’s not your fault that you aren’t catching the fish, they simply have just moved to find warmer water. This obviously means (you guessed it) that if you can track down where the warmer waters are then you will be able to further seek out the fish.
Tip #5: Air Pressure and Oxygen Levels
This tip has a lot to do with the last one, so I’ve put them directly one after the other. This is a great tip to use especially with carp or other fish who really do anything they can to seek out oxygenated waters so they can become more active (and ultimately
We will often find that fishing for carp is the optimal situation in this case, and perhaps if the bass
Simply put we want the air pressure to
So after a period of warmth (no matter how long or short) you might find that nothing is really hitting your baits or lures, and this is because many fish tend to become less active when the water is much less oxygenated.
So with that simple
Again you want to maximize your time and efficiency on the water, so be sure to save this link and refer to anything if you need to! We’re
Bonus Tip #6: Strength of the Rain
I’ve included this quick bonus tip just to say that the strength of the rain can further affect the fishing scenario. If there is a lot of rain and there is a lot of run-off from the body of water, be sure to identify the clarity of the water.
If the water is quite muddy, follow the muddy water until you see that the channel or water opens back up and becomes much clearer.
Once you have identified where that is, you will ultimately find the bass are right where the water becomes clear again so get throwing your lures immediately!
A strong cold rain is often going to deter most if not all fish from being active, so if this is the case just wait until the water warms back up. It will save you loads of frustration, boredom, and wasted time and bait!
Final Thought and Conclusion
We all just want to catch fish, plain and simple. So using these logical tips about fishing after rain will be sure you help you alter your game in the individual scenario you’re facing.
Be sure to analyze the weather and how you are going to approach the day before it rains. And if it rains during the time you are fishing, check the weather (if that is possible) and see if there has been a front that has passed through.
As noted, you might just be able to tell by the weather situation after the rain. Identify if the weather has changed and
This should be the best method here, and if what you were throwing before is still working there is a great chance that a front has not passed through!
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