August 25, 2016

5 Tips For Fishing After Rain Like A Professional

fishing after rain

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 when to shy away (or change your strategy and game).

Tip #1: Understanding How Weather Fronts Affect Fishing

Understanding How Weather Fronts Affect Fishing

This seems like something that is a bit strange for an angler to know about, because we aren’t meteorologists!

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.

However if the rain is followed by an actually sunny and pleasant occasion, this may look and feel great: but it might not mean great things when it comes to fishing unless you know how to alter your game accordingly.

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 then some quicker moving working lures.

Definitely throw that lure near the water edges and where there is a lot of cover because that is where the bass will be in this case!

Tip #2: Understanding Water Temperature

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 rain you will find carp sun-bathing in the weeds as well. So if you are so inclined, throw a carp rig into the weeds and proceed with an active lure to catch bass and other fish while your other set up waits.

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 scenario the water becomes unpleasant for the fish to swim in and they become a lot less active. Carp are less likely to be wading through the weeds, and bass don’t have a lot of energy so they become much less active too.

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 largely because some lakes or other bodies of water don’t follow these general “rules”.

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

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 sun bathe, swim around, and eat grass).

We will often find that fishing for carp is the optimal situation in this case, and perhaps if the bass have stopped hitting you get a bit bored and start carp fishing. This could very well prove to be the optimal situation, and we’ll explain why right now!

Simply put we want the air pressure to be low, and the air pressure generally correlates with the amount of oxygen in the air or water.

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 logic you can further understand how using your knowledge of what the current level of air pressure is (there are specific instruments to measure it, or you can look it up online), and how that will help you further analyze and understand the fishing scenario at hand.

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 anglers not scholars, so looking back here could provide the best advice and help you plan, initiate, and execute your best fishing strategy!

Bonus Tip #6: Strength of the Rain

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 change your game if so, or if the weather stays and inclement and generally the same just keep throwing whatever was most effective before.

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!

Read more: Best Rain Gear for Fishing


I'm Brenda. I have a great love with fishing and the wonderful fish species. I created the website - Fall For Fishing - as an outlet for my love of Fishing and I hope that you may find some enjoyment learning from my Fishing articles.

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