If you like to fish, one of the things that you might wonder is whether or not there are certain times that are better to fish than others. The truth is that there are. In fact, when you go fishing may determine whether you’ll be successful or not. Below we’ll look at some of the factors that affect your fishing success and when some of the best times to fish will be.
One of the things that can affect fishing is the time of year you go and the time of day during the seasons. Let’s look at three of the seasons when you may go fishing and when the best times to go is.
Wind often plays a big role whether or not it’s a good time to fish and whether you’ll be successful. Wind will push surface food and water to the other shore. The bait fish follow the food and the game fish follow bait fish. So if you’re on the shore and fishing when the wind is blowing, fish where you’ll have to cast against the wind. This means your lure is going to move with that wind and it will be like the other types of surface food. If you are fishing on a boat, then you should cast in the direction of the wind towards a shore that’s sheltered.
Patterns of changing weather and storms affect the success of fishing since fish know when barometric conditions change. With a lot of fish, they will feed more in the hours right before it turns cold but will slow during a front or storm.
It’s not a good idea to fish after cold fronts come through and it will be poor for one to two days after. A warm front will cause the water temperatures of the surface water to rise. This will make fish want to feed. This is true particularly during winter since a warm front can make fish that are usually sluggish to actively feed. The majority of the feeding will be close to or on the warmer surface.
It’s a great idea to go fishing when it’s cloudy since the clouds will prevent light from penetrating. Skies that are overcast are telling you it’s time to fish because they’re going to cause the fish to go looking for food a lot more than they’ll do when it’s bright out. On cloudy, overcast days, the fish aren’t as likely to be close to certain structure areas or spots and they’re usually scattered through the waterway.
During light rain is another great time that you should fish, particularly if it’s during the spring or the summer. It can help you with hiding from fish since it’s going to break up the fish’s view through the surface of the water. This is going to be true whether you’re fishing from the shore, from a boat, or wad fishing. The rain will also wash fishing bait and insects right into water, which makes the fish feed.
Conditions of hard rain aren’t a good time to go fishing. It will muddy the water and make it hard for the fish to locate lures or bait and will cause heavy runoff. This runoff can lead to their gills becoming clogged. The increased flow of water in the rivers due to any type of rain will increase the flow of current and will make it hard for fish to keep a position that is comfortable in a river. High levels of water also can cause waves, unsafe conditions for fishing and rapids.
Now that you know when you should go fishing, you’ll have a better chance of catching the ‘big one’. Make sure that you have the right rod and reel and the right bait or lure, and go see what you can catch!
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