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Bass Fishing after Rain: What You Need to Know

Written by: Catchmefishing
Date Published:  May 30, 2021 
Updated: May 30, 2021

Bass Fishing After Rain

Bass fishing after rain and stormy weather is particularly different from your normal situation, as it offers different opportunities and experiences.

Your strategy of locating and catching bass should change depending on the weather conditions, air temperature, air pressure, and the heaviness of the rain.

Bass fishing after the rain is a real gamble, you might catch the biggest bass of your life or not catch anything worth mentioning at all, you never know what will happen but it’s always fun to go after a trophy-sized bass. Usually, bass become more active after rains so the chances of catching them increase.

Fishing in the rain

Factors to Consider After Heavy Rain

Let’s look at some factors that need to be considered when bass fishing after heavy rain and cold front.

  • Muddy Waters: When the rainfall is intense, with thunderstorms and even lightning, bass are more likely to feed in muddy areas. Look for them on the edges of muddy waters.
  • Metabolism: The water temperature plays an important role in bass behavior after a storm. If the rain leaves the water cold, bass slow down their metabolism and become less active, making it difficult for you to catch them. But if the water is warm after a heavy rain, they are more likely to be active and sometimes go deeper in the water to keep the comfortable temperature. Bass are cold-blooded creatures, so controlling the metabolism is their main way of creating comfort depending on the air and water conditions.
  • Sunny Weather: Warm sunny weather is common after storms and heavy rains. If it’s too warm, bass will go deeper into the water.
  • Pressure: If the cold front and heavy rains leave a high pressure, fish are less likely to hunt actively, as they feel uncomfortable and bloated. Low pressure makes bass feel empty, so they hunt very actively.
  • Thunderstorm: fishing after a thunderstorm requires different strategies but is fishing good after a storm? It’s a little different from normal fishing but it’s not just good, but great, in fact.
  • The intensity of rain: different rain intensities cause a change in bass behavior, water clarity and level. After a heavy rain, fish migrate to freshwaters as they hold more oxygen and food for bass.

The bass fishing strategy after rain is a little different from normal fishing. Let’s go through some tips that will help you plan a great after-rain bass fishing strategy.

Is Bass Fishing Good After it Rains?

The answer is yes, but only if you have the right bait and technique. Bass are especially active after it's rained but also spook very easily.

You need to fish differently than you would normally do when the weather is fine. Changing the way you fish after rain to benefit how the fish feed will give you a great day's fishing.

Do Bass Bite After it Rains?

Fish are stimulated to feed more and generally become active which gives you the opportunity to catch them without too much trouble.

But after some time they slow down and don’t search for food as actively as before.

Water Levels, Oxygen Levels, and Runoff Water

Runoff water going into the lake

Runoffs enrich the water with different nutrients and increase the oxygen level in the water. That’s why fish are more likely to swim in this area. So make sure to pay special attention to runoffs as they will come in handy, especially when you’re fishing for trophy bass.

Mud lines are where runoff water from the land mixes with the main body of water.

The higher oxygen level gives bass more energy, which is why fishing after a rain storm can be very productive under the right circumstances.

Look to fish the areas of water that look cloudy from the runoff area. That's where the fish will be hanging out.

The muddy water is good because it means that runoff is water from land and runs it into the lake.

Worms in the muddy runoff water will attract fish like bass to eat them. This causes a feeding frenzy.

But the runoff area can also be bad for fish too, especially if it is cold rain or melting snow. The thawed ice water will send the water temperatures too low for the fish to feed.

Tips for Bass Fishing After a Rain Storm

Topwater Fishing

Bass become extremely active when it’s raining and search for food everywhere. If you have a good lure that will attract them even from a distance, bass will indubitably bite.

Fish the New areas

If you fish after heavy rain and thunderstorm, it’s highly likely that the water level rises significantly. Therefore, you’ll be able to fish in areas that were difficult or impossible to get to before the rain. Such areas are covers that are particularly thick and dense. Bass love thick covers where they can easily hide from their prey. When fishing after rain, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the areas which normally would be approachable by your boat.

Move slowly

bass are less likely to go after fast-moving creatures after stormy weather. So don’t make them put too much effort into attacking the lure.

Where to Find Bass After Rain

Heavy rains and storms cause bass to desert their usual habitats and migrate somewhere else but it’s never too far from the starting location.

They’ll stop moving once they find enough food, as their main concern in life is feeding themselves. So, they don’t have any reason to move unnecessarily far away from the shores, docks, natural covers, weeds that they inhabited in the past.

Bass become much more aggressive and active when it rains, wanting more food, and usually, that’s why they leave the hideouts. So fishing in the open water might be more productive than in covers.

Areas with high oxygen levels like runoff areas will also be a great spot to fish after it's rained.

Sometimes bass tend to go deeper into the water to adjust the water temperature to their preferred conditions.

When you’re fishing in the rain storm, the current of the water will be faster. It’s better to position your boat downstream and cast the lure upstream.

Bass fishing after rain on a lake

Equipment to Use for Bass Fishing After Rain

Gear for Fishing After Rain

You will need to protect yourself as much as you can from the rain water while you fish. This will make your fishing trip much more enjoyable.

Make sure to wear an appropriate outfit in case of a rain storm and a sudden turn of weather. Waterproof hoodie, vest, pants, or any other piece of clothing. Also a good set of waders would really protect you from the rain

An especially important part of the gear is footwear. You need a set of strong waterproof boots from muckboot not to slip and fall and also not to catch a cold easily.

You don’t need any special reels and rods for bass fishing after a rain downpour, choose what you would usually use. Take a look at the guide and reviews where I recommended the best rods and reels to use for bass fishing.

What Lures to Use After Rain Bass Fishing

The types of lures for bass fishing after rain are almost the same as for other weather circumstances.

The main difference between lures types to use is that you want to use a lure with a little more power and creates quite a bit of movement to attract the fish.

Lure Colors for Bass Fishing After Rain

The visibility of bass decreases significantly after a cloudy and dark day of rain and thunderstorms. Our goal is to make the lure clearly distinguishable and easily noticeable. So, we need to create a good contrast between the lure and water.

The best lure colors to use in low visibility are bright and vibrant colors such as yellow, orange, bright red, dark vibrant green, lime green, bright chartreuse, and any other easily noticeable colors.

Pay close attention to the water clarity and weather conditions. The visibility of bass may become clearer in no time depending on the light. Make sure to have lighter lures with you. Lures with natural colors include white, light blue, light green, grey, light brown.

Lure Types for Bass Fishing After Rain

  • Spinnerbaits: one of the most effective lures after rain are spinnerbaits. They are fast-moving and easily noticeable, which is perfect for active and aggressive bass that are looking for food like crazy after heavy rain.
  • Worms: plastic worms are great in any situation, it’s popular among bass on any season, weather, and other conditions, so they’ll always be lured by worms. It’s practical to always keep some worms in your lure kit. As you don’t know certainly if the bass will be active, using worms will be safe for any occasion.
  • Chatterbaits: the vibration and contrast make chatterbait one of the most effective lures. It easily attracts the bass even from a distance as it creates easily noticeable vibrations.
  • Topwater Frogs: frog lures are especially useful if you decide to fish in covers such as dense weeds. Now that you can get through the covers that were difficult to reach before, topwater frogs will come in handy.
  • Swim Jigs: swim jigs are best used in vegetations and other thick natural covers where other lures might be unpractical. It won’t get stuck in dense covers and will swiftly do its job. Even if bass will migrate and leave covers for some time after a heavy rain, vegetation will still be crowded. My personal favorite is a Texas rig.

Ready to Go Bass Fishing After Rain?

In most cases fishing after heavy rain is very productive and enjoyable. Fish are stimulated to feed more and generally become active which gives you the opportunity to catch them without too much trouble. But after some time they slow down and don’t search for food as actively as before.

Some anglers claim that bass fishing is better before the rain, instead of after, as bass are relatively more active. But you won’t be entirely sure until you experience it yourself. There are no exact rules to follow while choosing when to fish for bass.

Make sure to check the weather prognosis to be ready for sunny, cloudy, or even rainy weather.

Happy fishing 🙂

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