Fishing After a Storm — Is it Better?

After a storm, the water is often murky and filled with debris. But for some fishermen, this is the perfect time to cast their lines. Why? Because fish are more active after a storm.

The change in barometric pressure causes them to feed more aggressively and attract the baitfish displaced by the turbulence. So, if you’re looking for a good day of fishing, don’t be discouraged by a little bad weather.

The fish might just be biting a little harder. In this article, we’ll explore why fishing is often better after a storm and tips on how to make the most of it.

Storm Fishing: Before or After?

Every fisher would like to catch fish when the weather is good. But what about when the weather is not so good? Does that mean your chances of catching fish go down the drain? Not necessarily.

Fishing after a storm can be quite productive. Fish tend to be more active when the storm has passed and the water has calmed. They’re also likely to congregate in areas where there is food.

So, if you know where to look, you can find some good fishing spots even after a storm. The air pressure changes that come with a storm can also affect fish. When the barometric pressure drops, fish become less active.

This is because the water pressure around them increases, making it more difficult for them to swim. As a result, they tend to stay close to the bottom of the lake or river. You can catch bass, catfish, and other bottom-dwelling fish during this time.

Of course, you need to be careful when fishing after a storm. The water can be murky, and the currents can be strong. So, make sure you know what you’re doing before heading out. And always be aware of your surroundings.

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Bass Fishing: Is It Good After a Storm?

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

After a storm, the air is fresh, and the water is clean. This can be an excellent time to go fishing for bass. The fish are often more active after a storm and are also more likely to feed.

So, if you’re looking for a good time to go bass fishing, consider heading out after a storm. Although, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

  • The weather. If the storm has passed and the weather is good, fishing after a storm can be a great experience. However, if the weather is still bad, it’s probably not worth it to go fishing.
  • The state of the water. If the water is murky or dirty, it’s probably not worth it to go fishing. The fish will be harder to see, and it will be more difficult to catch them.
  • Consider your safety. If the conditions are still dangerous, it’s probably not worth it to go fishing. Make sure the conditions are safe before you head out.

With these things in mind, you’ll be able to have a great time fishing after a storm. But beginners should also know that fishing after a storm can be challenging. So, if you’re new to fishing, it might be best to wait for the conditions to improve before heading out.

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. 

Your barometer can track the pressure and 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 fishing time, you have nothing to worry about. GPS fish finders can help you through that crisis. A GPS can lead you where you will most likely 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. The fish will be less likely to bite if you are on a high-pressure system.  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 tricky; stay safe and use 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 will have a good catch of fish. If the pressure starts increasing, it will be a lot more complicated.

Understand Your Location

You should also be knowledgeable about your location. If you’re in an area with a lot of trees, it would be best to stay away from them. Trees can be a potential hazard during thunderstorms.

It would help if you fished in areas with no overhead obstructions.

Look for open fields, lakes, or ponds that will give you a better chance of avoiding accidents. Avoiding being struck by lightning is essential. If you can’t find an open area, try to stay near the shore.

The currents in the water can help dissipate the electricity in the event of a lightning strike.

Wearing the Proper Attire

When fishing in a thunderstorm, make sure you wear the proper attire. Wearing synthetic fabrics is not recommended because they are excellent conductors of electricity. It would be best if you wear natural fabrics like cotton that can help dissipate the electricity.

Wearing a life jacket is also essential. The life jacket will help keep you afloat if you get hit by lightning.

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 Live Bait

Live bait is an excellent way to attract fish. The smell and movement of the bait can help you get a bite even in turbulent waters.

  • Use a Heavier Weight

Using a heavier weight can help you cast your line further. It would be best if you used a weight at least one ounce heavier than what you normally use.

  • Use a Slow Retrieve for Bass

Bass can be difficult to catch in a storm. The fast-moving water can make it challenging to get a bite. Using a slow retrieve can help you attract the bass and get a bite.

  • Use Brighter Lures

The dark clouds during a thunderstorm can make it difficult for the fish to see your lure. But you can use brighter lures that will make it easier for the fish to see.

  • Lures that Imitate Small Prey

After a storm, the water is full of small prey. The fish will be looking for an easy meal. Lures that imitate small prey make it easier for the fish to bite.

  • Stay Calm

The most important thing you can do during a storm is to stay calm. If you get nervous, it won’t be easy to focus on fishing.

  • Use Lures That Make Noise

Vibrating and rattling lures can help you attract fish in a storm. The noise can help the fish find your lure

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!

Johanes Godoy
Fishing Editor
Johanes is a talented Editor for Cast & Spear. She's helped edit and write hundreds of articles on fishing and the outdoors. When she's not editing, she's exploring the world and documenting it on her own blog.
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