As you probably already know, weather plays an important role in bass fishing. It is important to note that stable bass fishing weather is the best kind, although consistently bitter cold days will not yield many fish. Bass like the warmer temperatures, and like to come up into the shallow areas as they warm up. When weather is consistent and mild, bass will tend to feed in a fairly predictable manner, day in and day out. An example may be going into a cove area near a point where there are a goodly number of rocks for bass to ambush their prey. Bass may feed early in the morning or during the warmer part of the day, and then retreat to deeper waters at night when it gets cool. But let’s look at some changing type of weather and see the role it plays on bass fishing.
During the winter, if a warm front comes through for several days, as the water warms up, the bass will tend to come up from the deeper water to the surface, to catch the rays of sun. This can provide better fishing for anglers, because the shallow runners will be usable, and the fish will be more likely to feed in the warmer water.
On the flip side, an unusually warm front that comes through in the summer time may cause bass to be sluggish in feeding, as they tend to not like to feed when the water temperature is above 80 degrees.
Bass tend to sense when a cold front is about to hit, and they do not like to feed during the front. So a few hours before a cold front sets in, you can be in an utter feeding frenzy! But don’t be late! Once it comes in, the bass will dive looking for warmer water and will refrain from feeding for several days until the front moves on.
I remember one time fishing with my uncle, and we were just shy of catching some great fish. There was a cold front coming in, and we hit the water, caught a couple of fish, and the action just stopped. What I would have done to get there just a couple of hours earlier!
The wind can have a significant impact on successful bass fishing. Constant wind can be the catalyst that drives bait fish to congregate in certain areas to feed, and thus bring in the big boys! But heavy winds can cause to much turbulence, and drive the bass into deeper waters, harder to find, and thus harder to catch.
A moderate wind that creates waves on the shore can be a good sign for bass fishing. This will cause the bottom to be stirred up slightly, creating murky water near the shore. The bass will come and hang out along the mud line, and feed.
Rain can be a good thing for bass fishing. The clouds will create shade, and bass will be more comfortable in the shallow water. Runoff from rain can deposit mud and create some murky water, and again, bass will move in on the line between the clear and murky water. But if runoff muddies up the entire body of water, then the “biting” will likely turn off.