Weather conditions of all types affect fish behavior. From dreaded cold fronts and soaring barometric pressure to a walleye chop, light rain, or leaden skies, Mother Nature plays a hand in our favorite pursuit.
Thankfully, if you don’t like the fishing weather conditions you’ve been dealt for the day, you typically don’t have to wait long until everything changes.
To help you plan your fishing trips and tactics according to the forecast, we put together 10 of the most common weather patterns, along with tips and notes on what to expect—and how to deal with the conditions at hand.
- For walleyes, especially in the Summer Peak, bright and glassy conditions can disrupt the shallow weed bite in clear lakes, ushering large fish into deeper water. However, smaller, eater-sized ’eyes can still be caught along shallower weedlines. Deep bass remain active, but their shallow counterparts slide under docks or other shady objects such as downed trees. The shade offers camouflage, cool conditions and protection from the sun’s UV rays. Photo: Fish were hiding in the shade on the Fox River.