It is important to know how weather patterns affect fishing before starting with the entire process. Fishing is an adventure and in order to enjoy the experience it is important to have a good knowledge about the changes taking place in the activity of fishes with the change in weather conditions.
High pressure or cold fronts
Air pressures rise with passing of the cold front. It is a phase when air sinks and the drier and colder air stays behind the cold front. The cold air is denser than warm air. After the passing of the cold front strong northerly winds may be noticed. This is due to the fact that the wind flows in the clockwise direction around the high pressure area that is coupled with a huge change in pressure between the low pressure and high pressure areas. The activities of game fishes are generally affected during the phase as they tend to sink deeper under water or be inactive. The cold front effect stays through one or two days on the activity of fishes before stabilization of the weather or setting in of another front.
Low pressure or warm fronts
The air pressure remains low as the warm front approaches. During this phase, warm and moist air rises and moves anti-clockwise toward the centre. Further it creates a low pressure. The barometer shows falling levels of pressure as storm system approaches. The dropping of pressure and change in weather affects fishing where the fishes become active and swim up to the brim. Low pressure and cloudy weather causes the fish to rise up through the water column. Using shallow running and surface lures over open water, weed edges, and weed beds can help having a successful fishing experience.
Clouds and winds
The direction of wind affects the behaviour of fishes to a large extent. Change in the direction of wind stirs up the food chain. Constant blowing of wind from same direction through a number of days would cause a migration of the game fish to the windy shoreline for feeding on baitfish. The surface of the water is pushed away by the wind which leads to an increase in temperature inside water. This becomes especially helpful during the fall season and spring season. This happens as the angler looks for warmest temperature. This is the phase during which light fishes become active. Cloud covered conditions and light wind is a good combination to go for surface lures.
Stationary front refers to the air boundary existing between two air masses when neither is powerful enough to take the place of the other. The weather condition tends to last for long and this change in weather affects fishing activity for good. This is a good time for catching fish that mostly stay at the surface as the weather is windy and moist.
Change in weather affects fishing and it is important to have knowledge of the effects on the behaviour of fishes to achieve a satisfying fishing experience.