Fishing for bass is one of my favorite things to do because it is not a waiting game. You are constantly moving the bait around and moving around, so it is a much different tactic than just sitting there with your bobber out in the water. One of the biggest problems where I live is RAIN. I love the rain and love those stormy days, but what about the day after it rains and you want to go fishing. Are the bass going to bite, or are you going to be trucking around in the mud for nothing but cold wet feet, and a lot of cleaning to do. So, Are you going to have to wait for a sunny day to go fishing, or are bass really going to bite after a rainstorm?
The simple answer is yes, they will bite right after a rain storm. However, there is a little more about the reasons why, a little bit of science and well, a lot more to tackle (pun intended) in order to be successful fishing after a rainstorm. So, grab a cool one, sit somewhere comfortable and we’ll get through the mechanics of this truly rewarding bass fishing option.
Spoiler Alert: Know Your Storm
Before we get into the true nitty-gritty concerning bass biting after rain, there is a little bit of advice – actually, more of a warning – for you regarding rainstorms. Depending on where you live, being out on your boat in the middle of your favorite fishing hole is pretty close to Heaven for the average angler. Being out there in a light rain is usually not an issue. However, if you see black clouds rolling in and they look a lot nastier than the look your better half gave you the last time she caught you fishing when you said you had errands to run, beware.
The absolute last place you want to be is in the middle of your favorite fishing hole on a boat during a hurricane. We’re not kidding. Severe weather can really turn your fishing trip into a really, really bad day. You do not want to be the reason why search and rescue crews get home late one night. You do not want to suddenly wish you had worn a life jacket, wet suit or paid more attention during swimming lessons. Trust us, a thunderstorm, hailstorm, tornado, cyclone or ice storm
are fair more interesting when viewed from a distance or on TV.
Separating Fact From Fiction
You probably already know that weather and the Moon play roles in feeding cycles and generally mess with the internal clock of all fish, including bass. It has much the same effect on your spouse and pretty much dictates whether or not you’re going to get anywhere when you pull out your Night Crawler. However, with fishing, weather is a great tool to use to enhance your fishing. That is, provided that you understand that this comes with Great Power. The ability to accurately read and comprehend weather systems goes beyond the Farmer’s Almanac.
One of the best forms of weather that you will want to learn a great deal more about is rain. It’s got a whole lot to do with a science that only your local weather forecaster understands fully. However, we are going to teach you the tricks that they use. Only what we share here will help you predict better fishing conditions instead of the weather. Although both are closely related. We warned you there was going to be a sliver of science involved but you have little to worry about because we are going to break it down for you in easy to understand chunks.
1 – Before The Rain
How exactly do fish know it’s going to rain soon if they are already wet? Simple. They react to the barometric pressure. That’s the stuff the barometer you have hanging on the wall of your study is measuring. Here’s a snippet of the science part: the barometric pressure is the force the atmosphere is putting on the planet. In other words, the “weight of the air” pushes the barometer readings up or down. When the pressure reading goes up, it usually means good weather is on the way. Falling pressure means get your fishing gear as it’s gonna rain soon and fish are biting.
2 – During The Storm
Get off the lake, seek shelter. Swap stories, tell a few lies and don’t go too far away. While there are a few sissy fishermen (we’ve been told) that will take a sprinkle of rain as a signal to go home, the smarter ones know that the storm is going to pass. They also know that once that storm has finished doing what God intended it to do, it will slide somewhere else in the atmosphere to spread a little moisture somewhere else. Regardless of how heavy or light that rain storm happens to be, it will createconditions that will blow your mind and help you limit out.
3 – After The Storm
Okay, another warning for you: there’s some more science coming. When rain falls, things get wet. When rain falls over a body of water, it actually feeds that body of water a quantity of fresh water to the lake ecosystem. This is a good thing. The ‘new’ water filling the lake comes from streams, springs, creeks and whatever else spills into the body of water. This sends nutrients washed from the hills and bait fish charge the sources where the nutrients enter the lake. Bait fish gathered in places turn into magnets for hungry bass and creates a feeding frenzy.
Here’s A Little More Science For You
The water level does not require much of an increase in order to send bass into a fit where they will just devour anything they can under these conditions. This means that a lake that increases in volume of water from storm drains, culverts, creeks and other sources can have an increase in level from as little as a couple of inches to a couple of feet in order to trigger this reaction. The main reason for bass biting after rain is that the bait fish in the same body of water are attracted to the new nutrients pouring into the body of water following the rain.
More About The Feeding Frenzy
You remember how quickly that rainstorm moved in? Well, there’s something interesting about the timing. With an eye on the barometric pressure, you have at least some kind of warning that a storm is approaching. By utilizing weather radar apps on your smartphone, you’ll be able to track its progress. However, the bass that are already wet don’t care so much about the location of the rain. But after the storm passes, and the bait fish start chewing on things, so will the bass. However, it may not last long. It depends on the amount of bait fish in the system.
We Told You There Was Something Fishy Going On
With bass biting after rain in a feeding frenzy, you need to be prepared. This means finding a good location where bait fish are hanging out. You can do this with a little lake CSI work. Identify the places where water enters the lake. Narrow it down to places with narrow access for bass and after a rainstorm you could catch some dinner. The length of the feeding will vary but even if it is a short session, if you are in the right place at the right time, you’ll be kicking some classic bass. Oh, and alsocatching a few with your new secret weapon – the barometer.
You Can Thank Us Later
So, let’s go right back to the beginning. The question was, do bass bite after it rains? Now you know the details behind our simple answer of yes. Get out there, have some fun and don’t forget that rain is not always a bad sign for fishing. In fact, when you are bass fishing, a little bit o’ rain gets ‘em biting every time!