6 Tips For Bass Fishing In Tough Conditions
Bass fishing in tough conditions can make things a little slow...for both you and the fish. So, how do you find success in bad weather conditions? So, here are the six things to keep in mind when bass fishing in tough weather conditions:
If bad weather is in the forecast, the number one thing for anglers to keep in mind is to plan their strategy. For example, during Brian's tournament, it was 47 degrees with heavy overcast and rain on the way. He said, "We knew the storms were coming and bringing cold north winds, so we strategically planned on an area that would help shield of from the north winds."
2. Water Conditions
Water temperature is key to understanding fish patterns so make sure you track the recent and current water temperature to see if it might point you into the direction of more fish...for example, with water temperature in the 60 degree plus range, bass can be found shallow on beds or if it's cooler then that would probably bring them back off the beds.
Also, look for areas where the surroundings may help maintain the water temperature such as a railroad bridge or riprap. Suppose you know the water temperature was warmer earlier in the week. In that case, fishing around these more protected areas will help keep the water in that area warmer compared to other more open areas you might be fishing.
When there are tough fishing conditions against you, try and use search baits like crankbaits, jerkbaits, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, and more. This will help you determine where the fish are located, and then when you find the general area, you can start throwing an assortment of baits to try and find a pattern.
It's important, especially when fishing with a partner, to make sure you are both throwing different baits to find that pattern. This helps eliminate baits quicker that may not prove to be the "right" bait at the time. Try and vary your presentation once you find a pattern to see how the fish prefer the baits. One thing that so many anglers lose focus on is leaving an area where they are catching fish to find a new area to catch more fish. If the bite dies down a bit, look for key areas that appear similar to the areas where you caught fish.
That kicker fish is not worth landing if that is going to be your last fish. Make sure to take precautions if the weather gets bad and take cover. If it's lightning, get off the water because it's not worth it.
Regardless of whether it's a body of water, you have fished before or a new body of water that you're fishing for the first time, keep in mind external influences. Have a good idea of what to expect from the weather that day. Have a good assortment of different baits to throw based on the conditions to use until you can narrow them down and determine a pattern. Don't be afraid to try new baits or techniques. In order to be a quality fisherman, you must expand your knowledge base, which includes stepping out of your comfort zone to learn new baits and techniques.
Don't get discouraged and keep at it...and most of all, be patient. If you plan, know your surroundings and the conditions for that day, then you'll be one step closer to finding the perfect bait selection. Whether it's adding an extra pause in your retrieve, slowing it down versus your previous cast, or tying on that new bait you got in your Mystery Tackle Box that you've never thrown before...try it! Give yourself the chance to build your confidence up and branch out of your comfort zone and become a better fisherman.
Updated February 7th, 2022 at 7:42 AM CT