Weather Patterns to Look Out for While Fishing

Best Weather Conditions to Fish in

Several factors can contribute to whether or not you’re going to have a good day on the water. Fish can behave differently under various weather conditions. Read on to learn more about how different weather conditions can affect your fishing!

Barometric Pressure 

When barometric pressures become too high or too low, fish will become less active. These fluctuating pressures will cause fish to dive deeper into the water, making them harder to catch. Incoming precipitation and cooler temperatures tend to drive barometric pressures down. Whereas warmer and clearer weather sends the pressure up. Usually, you are more likely to find fish more active with falling pressures because fish tend to hunt for food in shallow water during these times.

Wind Speed 

Wind speed and direction have a significant impact on your fishing. The wind presses bait to the coast, and wherever the bait is, you know fish are to follow. It’s always best to try and fish in a position where your bait moves with the wind.


Just like humans, fish also need to find some shade on hot, sunny days. Most often, if you’re fishing on a warmer day, remember that fish tend to move to deeper waters to avoid the extreme temperatures. During hotter days, it’s recommended to fish earlier in the morning and later in the afternoons, because the fish will make movements to feed. Fish also prefer the evening and early morning sun to avoid the intense midday sun.


Believe it or not, some of the best fishing can be done during rainfall. The rain helps wash bait and other insects into the water, making fish more active in these types of weather conditions. Fish often feed a lot more in these conditions, making your bait more likely to blend more naturally with the surroundings. However, avoid going out during heavy rainfall because the fish will have a harder time seeing your bait, and the water can get muddy during heavy rain. Plus, for your safety, it’s best to avoid fishing in the heavy rain.

Cloudy Conditions 

Fish tend to be more active during cloudy weather conditions rather than on a sunny day. Fish will more freely disperse in the water as opposed to aggregating to one spot. The heavy clouds prevent light from intensely shining through the water.


Extreme temperatures can affect the food chain of a fish and the amount of oxygen available for them. That’s why if you’ve ever been fishing in very high or very low temperatures, you may have noticed limited movements of fish swimming in the water. Temperatures can also affect their body temperature. Fish are cold-blooded, which means they cannot maintain a constant body temperature like warm-blooded animals. So, you may also see an increase in fish as they seek to find warmer waters.

Sudden Changes in Weather 

If you can, try to avoid fishing in inconsistent weather. Sudden weather change isn’t great for fishing. Fish don’t enjoy it when the weather fluctuates rapidly, because they constantly have to seek warmer or colder water conditions. It’s always best to avoid fishing in inconsistent weather conditions.

Before heading out on the water, remember that different weather conditions can impact your fishing experience. Keep this in mind so you can best prepare for fishing.

Plan Your Trip With Dockside Fishing Center

If you’re trying to plan a fishing trip, Dockside Fishing Center offers fishing charters that will make your fishing trip easy and fun. We also include bait and tackle, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own. Make your reservation today to plan for a successful fishing trip! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call at 757-481-4545




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