If you consider yourself a “fishermen” and like to catch fish you need to understand the simple ways that the weather impacts fish behavior, and thus fishing. By understanding some simple rules relating to the weather and fishing you can always be on the water when the fish are the most active during a given week or even day. In this article I will discuss a few of these rules so that you can get a better understanding of the ways that the weather and fishing fit together.
Although this article won’t teach you everything that you should know, it will certainly provide you with knowledge pertaining to the weather and fishing that will definitely help you catch more fish. It’s not necessary to become a scholar on the weather and fishing to learn what you need to know either, 30-60 minutes of study, should suffice for the average angler.
The key to the weather, at least one of the keys as it relates to fishing are frontal systems. Frontal systems (commonly called fronts) are the narrow transitions that separate temperature and humidity in the atmosphere. When a frontal system passes through an area the air pressure increases or decreases, and fish can detect these pressure changes through their lateral lines. These changes tend to make a fish want to feed or not want to feed depending in the type of frontal system it is.
This is why as fishermen we want to understand the simple ways in which the weather and fishing relate to each other. There are two major kinds of frontal systems that you have undoubtedly heard of; cold fronts and warm fronts. When either a cold or a warm front moves through the area that you are intending to fish you need to understand how the fish will tend to act. Although there isn’t room to outline all of the simple rules in relation to the weather and fishing in one article, a general rule is that the passing of a warm front often implies that bad weather is approaching and air pressures will fall. This is why warm fronts tend to be thought of as “fish catching” fronts.
The bottom line is that the weather and fishing fit together like a “hand and a glove” and as fishermen we should all understand the simple ways that these two forces of Mother Nature relate to each other so that we can use this information to help us catch more fish.