When it comes to fishing for largemouth, the weather conditions play a major role.
There are two types of weather patterns that exist when fishing for largemouth bass. As we all know, there is weather that is good for the fish, then there is weather that is good for the fisherman. Depending on the type of weather that you are facing, a little inside knowledge as to the fish behaviour during these times will only help put more fish in your boat.
I’ve broken these weather patterns down into the three most common types of weather that we see when out for a day of fishing. Knowing these patterns well will give you an edge that other fishermen simply won’t posses.
Those bluebird days tend to show up after a cold front has left the area. High pressure is all around and the bass are underwater basically going through what we would consider to be a bad tequila hangover. They can be caught, but it’s just a little more difficult. If you have the flexibility in your days that you can fish, wait for the third day of that pattern. By then, the bass have stabilized from the changing weather and looking to put the feed bag back on.
If you are vacation and the cold front pattern is all you got, stick to docks, wood piles, and structure. Bass typically relate hard to structure during the first few days a cold front has passed through the area. Downsizing is also often the best option to getting a strike.
On the opposite hand of a cold front, warm fronts actually trigger bass to feed. Watching the long range forecast and seeing a steady increase in temperature, often associated with a storm, will mean a steady increase in the amount of bites you will get on the water.
Typically, when fishing for largemouth bass during a warm front, these fish move shallower in a big way looking for baitfish. Make sure you are fishing shallow also, and you will connect in big numbers as well.
Those windy days in between cold and warm fronts can be some of the most frustrating days on the water. However, venturing out and getting right in the middle of it is often the best plan of attack. If a windy day is one you are going to fish, make sure you have a full battery and crank your bearings down on your baitcaster, because the windiest side of the lake is where the best bite is going to be.
The windiest side of the lake is blowing around a lot of food sources that fuel the food chain underneath the water. Mr. largemouth is right there gobbling up the lesser members of that chain the entire time. Stay away from coves and sheltered areas. Instead, make a game out of how many casts you can make before a backlash. You might even catch the biggest bass of your life in the process.
As the old saying usually goes, just about any time that you can fish is probably the best time to be on the water. If you aren’t fishing for money, don’t stress it. Of course, that’s easier said than done. However, sticking to what you know and having the confidence that you are going to catch a bass on the next cast, every cast, only puts even more odds in your favor.
Good luck this year! Here’s to many days of stable weather ahead.