The list of ways to predict best fishing times is long, but here are 4 quick lessons to get you started. East winds stack striped bass and bluefish at your boots, and since it concentrates bait fish there is usually a feeding frenzy.
Look for fish to feed more aggressively during a barometric pressure change and you'll catch 'em up. A light rain decreases visibility and fish can't give your offerings a closer look.
Tom Keep is an award-winning writer who lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. When they are not fishing, Keep and his family hunt upland birds over their three English setters.
His first book, a Fly Fishers Guide to the New England Coast was released in January 2011. Air pressure, temperature and wind all play a part in carp location.
It doesn’t take you long in your angling career to realize the weather has a massive effect on both your enjoyment and also your catch rate. Winter in particular is a time when the elements have a massive effect on whether we are likely to catch fish.
With a little understanding of the key elements, the chances of a result are increased tenfold, especially if you can choose when you go. As a rule of thumb, a high-pressure system in the winter will be associated with clear skies, cold temperatures and frost.
The anglers’ rhyme about wind is valid a lot of the time, but not necessarily a golden rule if you know what you are looking for. Finding out is easy; simply dip your fingers in the lake and see how it feels.
When there isn’t a lot of movement of wind, fish the north-east corner of the lake (use the compass on your phone). This will be the area of the lake that is the least disturbed by cold winds, and also will get the most sunlight on sunny days.
A day of warmer sunnier weather doesn’t necessarily mean it will push the fish into feeding. Sustained periods of steady temperatures will settle the fish into a routine, so once you have found them keep trying that area.
There will be a relatively stable area of water that is on the edge of the cold-water/warm-water mix that the fish will be happy to lie up in. When it’s freezing, fish a small, bright pop-up 18ins off the lead and re-cast it every 30 minutes to a different spot.
It seems our scaly friends are highly attuned to changes in the weather, so whether you go angling in the rain or in the heat of the midday sun can affect your likelihood of bringing home the fish for supper. Of course, it’s lovely weather for anglers to be out in, so see if you can find a peg that’s under the shade of an overhanging tree, as this is the best place for fishing in bright sunlight.
Conversely, to fishing on a sunny day, an overcast one can be ideal for anglers keen to reel in a few Bass, for example. They love gloomier conditions and so will come to the surface and swim further when it’s a cloudy day than when its bright sunshine.
The best advice for anglers wanting to know the best weather to fish in is to keep and eye on your barometer. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished fisherman or woman, you can always learn from the experience of an expert angler.
You get ready for a perfect day of fishing, pick your best lures and your favorite rod, only to sit out on the boat watching your line idle without a single bite. A painful question pretty much every single angler has asked at some point.
Last but not least, we’ll talk about the best weather conditions for fishing, as well as what you can do to make the most out of your outing. In colder waters, fish tend to slow down, and generally need less food to support themselves.
In order to breathe, fish rely on their gills to extract dissolved oxygen from the water. It so happens that the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water depends almost exclusively on the surrounding temperature.
However, knowing why and when water temperatures change can make all the difference when trying to catch fish. There are slow, seasonal changes, which are mainly influenced by the amount of sunlight a body of water receives over an extended period of time.
These changes don’t have a tremendous impact on water temperature in the short term. Even if you’re fishing a small pond, a passing cloud won’t realistically change the temperature by a significant amount.
In addition, rainfall changes the turbidity (clarity) of the water, as well as the salinity of saltwater. Lastly, rain can often shoot large quantities of nutrients into the water.
In North America, winds generally blow in a northeast direction. During the summer, the jet stream shifts to the north, pulling warm gusts of low-pressure air from the southwest with it.
During fall and winter, the jet stream shifts to the south, bringing cold fronts and high-pressure air masses from the north. When masses of cold and warm air mix, storms start to brew.
Waves can increase the turbidity of the water, pulling currents and nutrients along with them. If there’s one thing that can bring about a feeding frenzy in fish, it’s a change in barometric pressure.
Sudden weather changes produce rapid shifts in barometric pressure, and this is precisely why these are the best moments to wet your line. At sea level, barometric pressure of 29.92 inches is “normal.” Anything above that is considered high, and anything below that, low.
Again, you don’t need to focus on absolute numbers, because fish aren’t paying much attention either. What you should make note of is that just as the atmosphere pushes down on Earth’s surface, it does the same to its many bodies of water.
The lateral line is an organ fish use to navigate and sense the presence of predators or food. The swim bladder, on the other hand, is an organ similar to the stomach, which can inflate with air and allows the fish to achieve buoyancy.
Fish species like Trout, Grouper, Snapper, and Tarpon have larger swim bladders, and are more sensitive to changes in air pressure. It’s a well-known fact that rising barometric pressure means improving weather and clear skies.
Conversely, dropping barometric pressure means that a storm or a cold front is on its way. When the two air masses meet, they start creating condensation in the form of clouds.
During this time, a noticeable, steady drop in air pressure occurs. Depending on the scale of the storm, this can happen very quickly, or over an extended period of time.
The cold front often clears the skies, and more importantly, brings about a rapid rise in air pressure. Once the air pressure reaches a high point, it finally stabilizes.
However, around 72 hours into this period of steady barometric pressure, the fish start coming out again. All the weather factors we mentioned are very closely connected, meaning that one doesn’t change without the other.
Summarizing what we talked about above, fish react to changes in barometric pressure in the following way: As we mentioned, wind and rainfall can make waters more turbid than normal.
Turbidity can drastically limit visibility underwater, and in turn, change the way fish behave. In these situations, you’ll need to rely on brightly colored lures to get them to bite.
If this is the case, your best bet is to stick to bright yellow and green presentations. If you’re determined to fish in these conditions, make sure you’ve chosen the right kind of boat.
There are countless stories of fishermen cashing in on the feeding frenzy while other anglers are stuck on the highway trying to get home. Read the weather and fishing reports carefully, and give yourself a time cushion to leave the area in case you get held up.