Fishing After a Storm: Is it Better?

Many anglers want to start their day with the sun smiling at them, clear skies above. But, weather can be unpredictable.

It’s better to be prepared and know whether or not to continue fishing to save you a day. A storm may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your goals.

Here are some facts and tips that you need when fishing after a storm.

Storm Fishing: Before or After?

It is most preferred by anglers to catch fish when the weather is good. Unfortunately, a rain storm can come out of nowhere anytime. Before the storm hits the water, the barometric pressure drops. 

This rapidly dropping barometric pressure is the best time to ready your baitfish and try your luck. A dropping pressure is better than a rising pressure. It will trigger the bass to engage in a feeding frenzy.

Many species of fish might calm down during a storm. The dropping air pressure will be at the lowest while the water is being stirred up, especially on the shallow part of the water. If your purpose of fishing is to catch bass, this is the time they will hide. 

It often happens with the largemouth bass.

After the heavy rain, the pressure will begin to increase. Other fish species will start to go active again, including bass, for a short time. If you think that after the storm is a good idea, it isn’t. 

But don’t worry; if you have the right equipment and the right fishing strategy after the storm, you will be able to catch your desired fish.

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Bass Fishing: Is It Good After a Storm?

Various conditions affect bass behavior, like other species of fish.

Tournament anglers will tell you that it will be harder to get the bass bite after a storm, but the truth is, the bass still will bite your lure if you know where to go and what to do.

After the stormy weather, clouds are still present. You can catch bass if you use the correct lure and do the proper method. When the weather clears up, the bass will slowly return to their activity right before the rainstorm. 

This change of behavior is visible during summer bass fishing when lazy bass becomes aggressive.

Most anglers do not recommend beginners to go bass fishing after a storm. Bad weather can approach your favorite location anytime. So you should know the basic knowledge and strategy for catching bass after a rainstorm.

Tips for Fishing After The Storm

Fishing after a strong storm is not recommended for anglers, especially if you are a beginner. But if you are still insistent about fishing after the storm, even though it’s a little difficult, There are ways to counter it. 

Here are some tips and strategies for being able to bass fishing even after a storm.

Invest in Equipment

It would be best if you considered gearing up before fishing. Investing in your fishing gear is expensive, but it will be worth it in the end. Getting a digital barometer is essential when you go fishing before or after a heavy storm. 

With your barometer, you can track the pressure, when and where it will change. This equipment also measures wind speed, water temperature, high winds, humidity, and altitude.

Investing in a GPS fishing finder can also help. If you’ve already planned a trip after a thunderstorm, or maybe that’s your only time of fishing, you have nothing to worry about.

GPS fish finders can help you through that crisis. A GPS can lead you where you are most likely to get a bountiful catch.

Watch the Weather

Because weather patterns are unpredictable, you should know what pressure level is needed to catch a fish successfully. With the help of your digital barometer, you can track the barometric pressure.

As the barometric pressure drops, the fish in your location will start to bite. 

Don’t wait for too long.

If you have better weather systems with you, you may have a good catch for days if you don’t mind getting wet. Fishing during a storm is quite tricky; stay safe and continue using your barometer.

When a thunderstorm alert comes up, the chances of a pressure increase are likely high. 

After the storm, the probability of having a dropping pressure is high.

Understanding the pressure difference when bass fishing is essential. When the barometric pressure starts dropping, you’re going to have a good catch of fish.

If the pressure starts increasing, it’s going to be a lot more complicated.

Understand Your Location

Sometimes, you might not have much choice when to fish, and the only option to go fishing is after a storm. If you’re in a big lake and a storm comes, don’t worry!

You won’t need to pack and go home yet. The storm passes in no time. 

When that happens, look for the bass in deeper water.

Understanding the water currents on the location you are fishing in is necessary too. Fish species like bass do not like stronger moving water currents and will stay out of them.

Your GPS fishfinder can help you locate where the bass is staying. 

If you don’t have it, try to find the current that keeps the fish from moving. Avoid that location as much as possible.

Tips and Tricks

Knowing a better technique or strategy while fishing can help you get through a storm and get a catch.

These tips and tricks might help you.

  • Use jigs and lipped crankbaits for deep fishing
  • A lipless plug is a perfect lure for running in and out of the deeper dense cover
  • Use vibrating and rattling lures when fishing in muddy water
  • Use a slow retrieve for bass
  • Use a trick worm for baits The trick worms can work right after a storm

Breath In, Breath Out

It’s not advisable to get back in the water after a storm right away. Always check the radar for storm systems and ensure no thunderstorm will pass on the site after the storm leaves.

Lightning and high winds are dangerous, so you also need to avoid that to be safe.

Getting frustrated while fishing is natural. Relax and take a breather. If fishing is your hobby and favorite past-time, don’t stress yourself too much. Take a break for a while, then continue fishing.

If you are with your friends or your family, this is the time that you can bond with them. If you are fishing with yourself, you can reflect.

If you are fishing after a thunderstorm, you have a lot of time to relax, reflect and wind up—breathe in and out.

Rock Bottom

Fishing after a rainstorm can be pretty tricky. But knowing these tips, advice, and strategies. You can help yourself through any stormy situation. You can go fishing before or after a storm.

It is important to know what you need, what you need to bring, and what is the right thing to do. If you haven’t caught any, don’t stress yourself too much. Use this opportunity to relax. Unwind, and reflect!

The Anglers Behind This Article:

Johanes Godoy

Jon Stenstrom

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