Weather fronts can determine whether you are going to have a great day out on the lake or a miserable. Knowing what fronts cause fish to do is a very important piece of information to have before you go out on the lake.
Cold fronts mostly slow down fish activity, but a few times a year the cold fronts could be a powerful weapon. When the first cold front hits you will see a increase in feeding. Baitfish start to move up to the creek mouths as the water cools and cause bass and other game fish to school nearby. This is a very exciting time to fish and these schooling fish can be caught on just about anything. You want to use a very active bait during this time because bass are bass will be attracted to anything moving rapidly. In winter, you want to fish before a front hits. This is the greatest chance in the winter months to have a decent outing. Fish normally feed until the front passes and become inactive for a few days. Now it’s best to wait a few days after the front passes to fish, but if you must you are going to have to change your plan of attack. Flip n’ Pitch. Get out a small jig or worm, maybe even a jig and pig, and flip and pitch into brush. After the front, bass huddle in tight in thick brush and grass and don’t come out for almost anything. And plus, because of the colder weather you want to slow your bait presentation WAY DOWN.
These can also be either a good or a bad thing. Warm fronts affect fish differently in regards to the time of year. For instance, a long warm front in the spring or winter will boost feeding activity. But a long warm front in the summer will make the fish slow down. Heat is a good thing when bass fishing, but you don’t want too much of it. If it gets too hot fish become less active. That’s why fish love warm fronts in the winter or when the temperature is rising weekly. In the summer, a warm front will really hinder your potential to catch more.