Fishing and Weather Factors

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An ago old tale or actual scientific fact? The truth is that weather plays a huge role in your fishing success. Talk to any experienced angler or fishing guide and you will see that not only do they posess exceptional angling skills but are also extremly knowledgeable about meteorological conditions as well. Learing more about the different types of weather will not only provide you with greater aptitude when selecting optimum fishing days but will also educate you about how weather and climate changes affect fish behaviour.

Have you ever been in a boat with calm and pleasant conditions one minute and rough inclement conditions the next? Paying attention to weather forecasts and your surroundings is not only safe boating practice but will supply you with more knowledge as to why fish do what they do and when they do it. Learing some simple weather terminology is not as hard as you may think and you'll be surprised how easy it is to understand it. Paying attention to the 6 o'clock forecast can mean the difference between getting skunked on the water and catching your daily limit.

The most basic weather patterns that can affect fishing conditions are what are called fronts. There are 3 types of fronts that are recognized. They are cold fronts, warm fronts and stationary fronts. Pretty simple eh?  Now lets get back to that 6 o'clock weather forecaster on the TV. Have you ever seen the satellite imagery with those blue and red lines moving across them as the weatherman goes through his speil? Those my friends are front lines and are easy to understand. Red lines are for warm weather, blue for cold and both red and blue lines close together for
stationary fronts.

Different fronts bring with them drastic changes in fish behaviour according to marine scientists and biologists. It's common to hear from anglers that the fish have stopped biting due to the cold front that just passed. Is this really fact or just some sort of myth? Maybe all of these anglers were in the wrong spots using the wrong baits? Well one thing is for sure from just about any seasoned angler is that when a cold front is moving through you'll probably have a great day washing all of your lures in the tackle box because nothing is biting. Let me try and explain some of this in a shortened form that you'll actually be able to use.

When a cold front passes over a body of water the temperature falls and the humidity begins to rise. In the summer months a drastic variance in weather conditions occur and the passing of a front send fish into different behavioral patterns. While the debate rages on amongst anglers and biologists it is clear that there is a trend to a negative bite during cold fronts. Cold fronts in conjunction with rain, wind and storms bring murkier water and henceforth lower water clarity which make it much more difficult for fish to feed. Once a cold front passes this open up the feeding window for fish as the conditions slowly improve.

Barometric pressure is also a key factor and can predict the different types of fronts approaching. For many the magic barometric pressure number is around 30.

Do your research, plan your days abd adjust your fishing to the weather conditions. Keeping and eye on the sky and the 6 o'clock weather forecast is an easy way to increase your success on the water.


This article was written by the
contributing staff of OFT and its
group of amateur and pro Ontario anglers.

Copyright 2007. Ontario Fish Trips .

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