Should You Fish Shortly After A Storm?


Storms bring inclement weather that many people want to avoid.  But, there are quite a few upsides to a storm, including getting out your rod and reel and heading down to the water to fish.

Fishing after a storm can yield a great catch according to many fishermen!  The drop in barometric pressure is believed to play a big part in increasing fishing yields. But, you still need to know what sign to look out for if you want to get the fish to bite.

Fishing after a storm will bring you in a great haul as long as you do it right.  Fishing around storms is dangerous though, and if you plan on doing it, then you need to know how to be prepared. 

Fishing After A Storm

As many who fish know, the weather plays a big factor in the success you have when fishing.  So, unsurprisingly, storms introduce a drastic change in the weather that affects the fish, and as a result, your fishing. 

Barometric Pressure

One of the biggest factors that many forget about at play in the success that many fishermen see is the barometric pressure. The barometric pressure, also called atmospheric pressure, is the pressure exerted by the weight of the atmosphere.

Fish are surprisingly aware of the environment around them, and their behavior has been seen to change along with the weather. 

Drops in pressure can sediment particles to rise clouding the water.  It can also cause zooplankton and phytoplankton to be pushed out of their comfort zone.  As a result, there are feeding sprees that begin with small fish racing to get the plankton.  Soon after, bigger fish like bass join in and eat the little fish.

As a result, fishermen tend to see success with these barometric pressure changes, because there are more fish out scouting for their next meal.  And, of course, the more fish that are looking for a meal, the higher chance you will get a bite!

You should know that low-pressure systems will not always work in your favor.  Systems like cold fronts will usually slow the fish down, as they will look for shelter in deeper water

Extra Tips

Knowing how to fish after a storm is important in making sure you have a successful trip.

Luremefish did an article discussing the top 19 tips that will help you in getting a great post-storm haul. For Example:

  • Pay attention to the barometric pressure by using a barometer.  That way, you can see pressure drops and know when fish may be more active.
  • They recommend using jigs (for deep fishing), lipped crankbaits (for deep fishing), or lipless plugs (lures out of cover). The one you choose really depends on the situation that you are in.
  • Getting a GPS fish finder can help you see where the currents are, and in turn, show you where the fish are.  For a fish like bass, they hang behind the current.  Also, you should find streams that feed into lakes, (if you can) as these will have lots of fish nearby.

These are just a few of the great tips and tools that they recommend.  If you want to learn more about how to make sure you are prepared to catch fish post-storm, follow the link above.  Having this information handy will bring lots of success to your fishing trips, even when they aren’t after a storm.

Do Fish Bite Better in the Rain?

What happens if it rains all day though?  Does that mean that you should just cancel your fishing plans?  Well, no, not necessarily. Fish, according to many, are a lot more active in the rain. 

Fish, bass, in particular, will usually be more active when there is less sunlight on the water.  So, during a storm, fish will be more aggressive and you will get bites more easily.

Also, heavy rains bring runoff into the lake that includes some small land creatures.  This causes the smaller fish to come and feed.  Then, fish like bass will be attracted to the smaller fish that are feeding.  So, pay attention to runoff points because there will be good places to catch some fish.

If you Fish in The Rain, Be Prepared

If you decide to fish in the rain, then its important to make sure that you have all the necessary gear.  That way, you don’t get stuck wet and miserable out on the lake.  That’s the last thing you need, especially if you are fishing for leisure.

The YouTube creator SmallmouthCrush talks about his recommend rain gear in the video, “How to dress when fishing in the rain, best rain jackets, and gear.”  I highly recommend checking out his video, but just in case, here is a summary of his main points:

  • During the warmer months, he recommends wearing lighter rain jackets that will generally just protect you from getting wet.  That way, you won’t start to get chilly, especially if you plan on being out for a long time. These jackets tend to be lightweight and easy to move around in.  The one he features is made by STORMR.
  • For cold weather, he recommends the STORMR Striker suit.  It uses both bibs and a jacket to ensure that you stay warm in the rain (and snow), especially when you are fishing during the colder months of the year.
  • He also covers mittens and gloves to use in colder temperatures, although he does say that he prefers mittens/gloves only while running because it is hard to manipulate the reel with them on.  He also recommends getting a pair of boots and winter socks for those colder months, just so that you can be comfortable as possible. 

This gear will be important to have, and any outdoor retailer should have this type of fishing gear. 

Above All Though, Remember Safety Comes First

So, fishing after, and during storms can result in a higher yield of fish, but remember, never put yourself in a risky situation. It goes without saying, but if it is thundering, don’t go out.  Even if you start hearing rumblings after the storm has passed, it is still better to wait it out since lightning can travel 20-25 miles. Just don’t screw with thunder.

If you are going out on the water in a boat post-storm, keep an eye on the radar.  More bands of rain could come in leaving you in choppy waters.  Even if you plan on going out while it is raining, its important to pay attention to things such as the current, swell size, and incoming bands that could be even worse.

You don’t need any fancy radar devices either.  There are many apps on your phone that will have a live radar for you.

Also, never forget to wear your lifejacket.  Even if you have been swimming your whole life, getting thrown into choppy waters can be disorientating.  Even if you don’t get disorientated, the choppy waters and rain will make it hard to swim.

As always, just do all that you can to make sure that you are as safe as possible.

Fishing Despite the Storms

So, fishing after storms can be pretty lucrative.  But, to be successful, it will be up to you to bring the right gear and be aware of the signs that indicate fish are nearby.

The same can be said of fishing during the storm, just don’t forget your rain gear if you fish then!

It is also vital to be aware of your surrounding, especially during and after storms.  You never know when the storm could pick up or when lightning could strike nearby, so always be careful!

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