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The Impact Of Weather Changes On Bass Fishing

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How to react to varying weather conditions

By Rick Seaman and Dan Westfall

Bass fishing is a popular sport for many anglers, but the weather can have a significant impact on the success of a fishing trip. The behavior of bass is closely tied to weather patterns, and understanding how weather impacts bass fishing is essential for any angler looking to catch more fish.


Rain is an essential part of the ecosystem that supports bass fishing. It provides much-needed water for the lakes and rivers where bass live and helps to replenish food sources. However, fishing in the rain can be challenging. The rain can cause water levels to rise, making it harder to locate fish. Additionally, rain can make it difficult to see and feel bites on the line, as the surface of the water becomes disturbed.

One way to increase your chances of success when fishing in the rain is to target areas where the water is flowing into the lake or river. This is because the rainwater can wash food sources into the water, which will attract bass. Another option is to fish around structure, such as rocks or logs, as bass will often take shelter in these areas during a storm.


Wind can have a significant impact on bass fishing, especially if it is strong enough to create waves on the water. These waves can make it difficult to see and feel bites on the line, as well as making it challenging to control the boat or kayak. Additionally, wind can change the temperature of the water, which can affect the behavior of bass.

One way to mitigate the impact of wind on bass fishing is to fish in sheltered areas, such as coves or bays. These areas will often have calmer water and can provide a haven for bass seeking shelter from the wind. Another option is to use heavier baits, as these will be less affected by the wind and easier to control.


The temperature of the water has a significant impact on the behavior of bass. As the water temperature changes, the metabolic rate of bass will change, which can affect their feeding patterns. In general, bass are more active and feed more aggressively in warmer water temperatures.

When the water is cold, bass will often move to deeper water to find warmer temperatures. This can make it harder to locate them and can require the use of specialized equipment, such as depth finders or fish finders. Additionally, bass will often become less active in colder temperatures, which means that anglers will need to adjust their fishing techniques accordingly.


The amount of light that bass are exposed to can also impact their behavior. Bass are most active during periods of low light, such as early morning, late evening, or on overcast days. This is because they are more comfortable and feel safer in these conditions, which allows them to be more active and feed more aggressively.

On the other hand, bright sunlight can cause bass to become less active and more cautious. In these conditions, anglers will need to use more subtle fishing techniques and smaller baits to entice bites.

Barometric Pressure

Barometric pressure is another factor that can impact the behavior of bass. When the barometric pressure is high, bass will often move to deeper water and become less active. When the barometric pressure is low, bass will often move to shallower water and become more active.

One way to use barometric pressure to your advantage is to fish during periods of low pressure, such as before a storm. During these periods, bass will often feed more aggressively in preparation for the weather change.

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Use Weather To Your Advantage

Weather plays a significant role in the success of a bass fishing trip. Understanding how weather impacts bass behavior and adjusting your fishing techniques accordingly can increase your chances of catching more fish. Rain can wash food sources into the water, but can also make it difficult to see and feel bites. Wind can create waves and change the temperature of the water, but may cause to fish to move. Weather, good and bad can enhance fish activity, and it can also shut it down making it difficult to find and catch bass when weather changes dramatically.

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