Sometimes you cannot fish in the rain even if you want to. So, you eagerly wait for the rain to end. But, is fishing after the rain a good idea?
Apparently, usually, it is but it also depends on a number of factors. In some cases, it may be the exact opposite- the fishes may become more inactive after the rain. But, in general, after the rain is an excellent time to go fishing.
There are a number of factors that affect it. Fishes are sensitive to a number of weather and water conditions so it is best if you go fishing knowing about them. Apart from that, you won’t find them everywhere even after the rain so you have to know about the places they will most likely be in. So, let’s check out what affects the fishes to act as they do after rain.
What Affects the Fishes
The Temperature of the Water
Fishes usually prefer higher temperatures for moving around or feeding. Therefore, in what temperature the rain leaves the water is something you have to consider when you go out fishing after rain. Most fishes cannot regulate their body temperature through the blood. Therefore, they rely on the temperature of the water body and their metabolism to have the correct temperature to survive.
Cold temperatures decrease their metabolism. As a result, most fishes are quite inactive when the water is cold. On the other hand, warmer temperatures send them into a feeding frenzy.
Therefore, if the rain was a summer rain, leaving the water warm then it is one of the best times to go fishing. If it was a cold rain then the fishes are most likely inactive so you won’t catch many fishes during this time.
Apart from that, you have to fish by species in this case. Different species find different temperatures suitable for them and become active at different temperatures. So, check which fish will be active at the current temperature of the water and use the baits and methods that attract them particularly. In this way, the results will be more fruitful.
Fishes are more active during low pressure in water. This is because during the high pressures the water brushes up against their scales making them exert more effort. So, they usually remain active during low pressures.
Right before a storm or rain, a water body experiences very low pressures. As a result, the fishes become quite active in searching for food. But, during the rain, there is high pressure which keeps them inactive for a while. Apart from that, if the rain occurs after a period of dry and hot weather then you will get better results by fishing after the rain.
Apparently, the rain brings frogs, insects to the surface of the water. These are food for the fishes and with low pressure on the water, the fishes do not intend to miss their chance of catching their prey.
The Oxygen Leve
Fishes become more active when there is sufficient oxygen in the water body. After the rain, the oxygen level is sufficient enough for the fishes to be active. Therefore, you will find them moving around looking for food. Muddy waters do not have a lot of oxygen as a result, you will find more fishes in fresh water after the rain.
The Intensity of the Rain
If the intensity of the rain was high then it can cause runoffs. Runoffs occur when the ground is saturated. And, where there is a runoff, there is more current with more oxygen in it. Therefore, you may be able to find fishes there.
Fishes will tend to move into the freshwater when there is a runoff. However, runoffs can also bring insects and other food of fishes with them into the muddy waters. This mainly occurs when the rain was warm. So, you will find fishes in muddy runoffs after a warm rain.
Sometimes there is still cloud after a rain or you may be fishing at night. Other times, the sun shines bright on the water body and on the fishes. When the sun is out, the fishes go into deeper waters and they become less active.
This is not a suitable time for you to go fishing after rain, especially in the middle of the lake. However you will get better results when you fish along the shoreline, or under shadows of trees, rocks, and other covers.
Fishes take shelter under such shadowy places to save themselves from exposure to the sun. So, if it’s sunny right after the rain, go where there is cover as the fishes are likely to be there as well.
Winds can carry the baitfishes with them after the rain. Where the baitfishes go, the predator fishes follow. Therefore, you can try casting directly into the wind to get the best results. It will require a bit of skill but it will be worth it once you see how many fishes you catch.
Use Noisy Lures
Whether it’s muddy water or just water after the rain, you will get the best results by using noisy lures. The reason? Because all the creatures, the insects, and others are quite active in the after rain period. So, in order to catch your target’s senses, you will have to go out of your way.
You can also use colorful lures and make sure they move fast and well. To know the best time to go fishing please read this article.
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The way fishes respond to the various weather conditions should be able to convince you why fishing after rain is a great idea. You now know how the fishes will behave in which condition and the most common places they will be available at. Judging from their characteristics you can figure these places out yourself. So, dress up for the beautiful after rain weather, load up on the fishing gears and lures, and go fishing. It won’t only cleanse your mind but it will bring home treats as well.