Bass Fishing in The Rain
Bass Fishing in The Rain – Many anglers make the huge mistake of thinking that fishing should only be done on sunny days and all is well. The truth is that some of my best fishing experiences were on the worst days.
Some people consider bass fishing in the rain taboo. But, let me tell ya, if you are serious about fishing and want to have success on the water, then you need to learn how to love the rain.
Fishing bass in the rain can be a smart decision for many reasons. By the end of this article you will understand the benefits of rain fishing. You’ll also find some of my top tips and tricks to help you catch bass out on the water.
Tips for Bass Fishing in the Rain
Let’s talk about what I have learned and how generations of fishing knowledge has been passed on. Northeast Pennsylvania is blessed with a lot of rain in the spring and summer. Although it is not unusual to be soaked for a whole weekend, I can tell you that there are many benefits to this. These are some of my experiences.
RUNOFF IS YOUR FRIEND
This is something I have preached in many articles. The same rules apply here. Pay attention to where water flows into another body, especially if it is surface runoff or mud lines.
The water that runs through the ground to the pond in a rainstorm brings nutrients from the soil. This attracts fish. These nutrients attract baitfish that feed on the soil, which attracts hungry bass.
You also have the possibility of runoff and cloudy or muddy water where groundwater flows into larger bodies. It is easier to conceal your identity in cloudy water than on land or in boats.
If you are on land, the bass will not be able to see you shadow. And if your boat is a boat, the fish won’t be able see you from a good distance.
You should be able to locate runoff water in the area. This will allow you to fish for bass and make it a great day.
BASSES ARE MORE ACTIVE IF IT RAINS
Contrary to popular belief, fish are more active in rainy or cloudy conditions. This knowledge can be used to your advantage but you must play smart. Bass are more active so you should speed up your presentation and use faster lures.
Good luck if you are used to hitting the water using a slow crankbait, and then banging it against the bottom of the rocks. This presentation is not appropriate for this type of fishing.
You will need to use something faster like a rubberworm or mid-level spinnerbait. You are giving the bass what he wants by speeding up your presentation. You are giving the fish what they want.
Remember that bass are more active and will travel further to pursue lures. This means that you will need to cover more territory and don’t have to stay in one spot for the entire day.
If you find a hot spot on the water and you’re catching bass left and right but suddenly it drops off for a couple of hours, that could simply mean that the bass have moved to a different location so you should do the same.
FISH THE SURFACE
The best strategy is to fish topwater lures and near-surface lures during downpour days. Largemouth bass fishing in the rain is the best way to catch them. Use a buzzbait or a jitterbug to catch largemouth bass.
Bass are attracted to surface lures because they move fast and require faster presentations. This is even supported by science. Rain reduces the amount of barometric pressure, which allows the bass to feed more intensely.
Because there is less light from the dark skies, it creates a greater strike zone. This means that you don’t need to place your lure directly on top of them in order to catch a bite. They won’t turn down a lure that lights up and makes a lot of noise if you throw it in their direction.
FISH THE PLACES THAT YOU CANN’T ACCESS BEFORE
My favorite part about fishing in the rain to catch bass is that you can reach places you never thought possible. It’s great to cast from areas you didn’t know existed. These opportunities are worth taking advantage of.
These are the areas I refer to as “honey holes”, because they’re filled with bass that have been forced out of their traditional covers because it’s too full of water. They need to find somewhere else to live, but the water is too high to do so.
They will stay in their original spots, but the water level is higher so that you don’t get hung up in your boat.
FIND THE BASSGUARDING BEDS
The bass will guard their beds especially during pre-spawn and the spawning period in the early spring. Even if you do everything right, it might be difficult to get them to bite. If this happens, you will need to find the beds by searching for any structural changes.
It’s a sign that the weed beds have been ruffled, or pushed down. I will take a Texas-rigged worm and toss it into the opening in heavy rain. It should be a bright, vivid color. You need to strike them on the nose and cause them to become angry enough to give you a strike.
Remember that the visibility of you and the lure will be decreased. Use bright colors and get your cast on the money. This means that you can get closer to the lure than usual if you are quiet.
Fishing Baits for Bass in the Rain
Bass fishing can be made more enjoyable by rainy weather. Low barometric pressure is known to increase bass activity and aggression, which makes them more likely to bite. The downside is that high pressure can settle in quickly and make it difficult for bass to bite when the front pushes through.
It’s crucial to take advantage of every opportunity. You can use certain baits to help you do this. You can still catch fish in rain with a shakey head and a drop shot. Yes. These types of presentations don’t cover water quickly. You should instead choose power-fishing lures that can move quickly so you can cover as much ground as possible in search of as many willing volunteers as you can in the time allowed.
Let’s look at a few of these baits.
Topwater is the best for fishing in the rain. We’re lumping together several topwater baits here rather than listing them in separate sections. There are many other options that work well in the rain. Rainy weather is another reason topwaters can’t be used in the same way.
Picking topwaters that move is better than slow baits like poppers and hollow-body frogs, will still be a good idea. Both of these baits can be used to catch fish, but I recommend using them in the rain when there is a lot of fish. You should pick something like a buzzbait. Whopper Plopper You can buzz toad and keep moving, then you can cover as much water as possible.
What about when it is too cold to use a topwater lure? Bass will be less likely to strike the surface on lures or bait as the water temperature drops into the 50s. What can you do?
A spinnerbait is a fantastic bait to use in the rain year round. It can cover a lot water because it is constantly moving. But it also has a good amount of flash from the blades and can be fished at various heights in the water column so you can burn one with double willow leaf blades just below the surface in the summer and slow roll one with double Colorado blades in the winter.
In a rainy environment, the light is clearly lower than the water surface. Light penetrates water’s surface quite well if it is smooth like glass. The light is less effective at reaching the depths of the water’s surface and lighting the below-ground when the surface is clogged by raindrops and wind. In low-light situations, the fish can locate the bait using both the flash and the vibration of the spinnerbait.
We’re back where we left off with spinnerbait so let’s get on with it. ChatterBait It also features flash and vibration to help fish locate it, as well as constant movement to aid anglers in covering water. The ChatterBait’s ability to skim under cover is what really makes it stand out. A spinnerbait can be very effective, but it is difficult, if not impossible for most anglers, to skip underneath cover. ChatterBaits, however, are much more straightforward.
A rainstorm can make skipping a bait seem a bit counter-intuitive. Bass don’t like to hunt and are more likely to move around in low-pressure areas. As the front sets in, and the high pressure slowly creeps back in, there will be small windows when bass can still be found close to cover such as docks or bushes. This is where a ChatterBait skip can really shine. There are some situations where fish might not be under cover, but it is important to be able skip a power-fishing lure such as marina cables and under dock cables.
This is for vegetation that is too dense to be spunnerbait or ChatterBait. This includes thicker water willow, pads and hydrilla that has scattered holes. These are all situations in which more aggressive baits might get stuck or hang up. It’s worth mentioning that there are some topwater baits that would work in these scenarios as well, but the swim jig gives you a subsurface bait for year round use, even when the water is cold.
Bass aren’t as focused on vegetation in the rain as they are on cover, but that is not their usual focus. It is still a favorite of bass and they will still relate to large flats of hydrilla better than to scattered stumps in a similar flat. We’re referring to vegetation that covers an area or stretch, such as the flat of hydrilla above or the 200-yard stretch along the shoreline of water willow. These are the ideal places for fish to hunt and move in the rain, and a swim-jig is the best bait to use.
Bass Fishing after the Rain
There are some things to remember once the rain stops and the water levels have returned to normal.
Runoff areas should still be searched for as they can still bring in valuable nutrients to the water. However, the water clarity has improved so you may still want to search for them.
Keep this in mind and you can fish a lighter lure to catch more bass.
One tip for big bass fishing in the rain is that strong currents will always provide ample fishing opportunities. If the water flows quickly it is a sign that new water is coming from somewhere. This is what always leads to oxygen. In every article I write, I emphasize the importance of finding areas where water bodies meet.
This is especially true for runoff and rain. The water absorbs oxygen faster, which increases their metabolism and causes them to eat more. You can use this advantage to your advantage if they are openly eating.
After a rainstorm, there will be a peak in prime bass fishing for a while. This happens when visibility is improved and the water temperature drops to normal.
Pay Attention Next Time
If you are having a bad fishing trip, one of the best things that you can do is to be more attentive for next time. Look at the water flow during a rainstorm to see how it rises. It is likely that if something happens once, it will happen again in the exact same way.
Look for the areas with the highest runoff. Also, be aware of the water you cannot access when there is high levels. This will help you to be prepared for the next time you go out. It is also a good idea to keep track of areas that were successful and those that didn’t.
Remember that fishing is about strategy and you against the fish. You will have success on the water if you can outsmart them, which is possible if you are skilled. Each and every thing that happens to these cold-blooded creatures has an impact on their behavior. Rain is another example.
Rainy Day FAQs
These are the top questions we receive about fishing in the rain.
Is it better to fish in the rain than in the sun?
It depends on your definition of “better.” Yes, fishing is great when the weather is 95 degrees and there’s no humidity. You could also go fishing when it rains and have a terrible day. It’s impossible to predict what will happen, and so many factors are involved.
Our ultimate goal is to learn about fish habits so that we can track them down and present lures that will attract their attention. Fishing in the rain is great if you do everything correctly.
How about saltwater fishing in rain?
Saltwater fishing is a different story. They are still attracted by surface runoff and will hit topwaters more often. You’ll need to search for places where they might be hiding that you can’t reach before. It doesn’t matter if the water is salty or fresh.
Do you prefer to fish before or after the rain?
Because the humidity is highest before rain, fishing is best. The air and water temperatures will drop at this time, which will cause the bass to feed harder because they know it’s coming.
The color range for rain is quite wide when it comes to color selection. Sometimes, light rain, no wind, and clear water calls for a more natural-colored spinnerbait. There are also situations when the rain is heavier, and the sky is darker and the water is murky. In these situations, I will use a bright or white spinnerbait. There is no set rule regarding color selection in relation to rain. Except for topwaters, choosing a solid color over a translucent one will create a more attractive profile for the fish to target.
Fishing in rain is almost always more conducive to power fishing. You can often put more fish in your boat by taking advantage of low atmospheric pressure. Pick baits that can cover a lot water and then just keep your head down.
Sometimes the elements can prove to be very taxing. It can be extremely difficult to fish in heavy rain, with temperatures in the 40s, for example. However, overcoming these difficult conditions and allowing the rain to open the jaws below the bass will often make you stand out from other anglers on the water. So much of bass fishing depends on what happens between your ears. You’ll succeed if you make good decisions and keep working hard. I hope I have cleared up any misconceptions and preservations that you may have about fishing in the rain. You can now get excited next time it rains and the weatherman forecasts torrential downpours.