The Best Weather for Fishing Explained: Most Productive Times to Hit the Water



The Sun

Most predatory species are more active in low light.

Hot, sunny days drive fish deep and towards shade.

After sunrise, look for shady spots, deep vegetation, and anything else that provides relief from the sun.


The Clouds

Cloudy skies can be a godsend in mid-summer, offering a break from merciless heat.

On cloudy days in the summer, fish will be more active, and if clouds break a heatwave, so much the better.

Bad weather can be a fisherman’s friend, so don’t give the water a pass on a gray day.


Cold Fronts

When the weather changes from sunny to overcast and the wind picks up, threatening rain, the fishing can be very, very good.

Rapidly dropping barometric pressure can signal ideal conditions to catch lots of - and big - fish

Scientists aren’t sure why, and they point to many interacting variables: light conditions, temperature, discomfort, oxygenation, etc. But what anglers agree on is that these are often the hottest time to hit the water.



Rain has well-known cooling effects, and of course, low-light conditions favor predators.

Runoff into a lake, pond, or river carries lots of prey items, and predators start gathering where these inflows hit the main body of water.

Gray weather can offer a golden opportunity.