Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s fishing fever

You have heard people say things like, “It is supposed to start warming up next week” or “It is going to turn off cold for a few days and then start to warm up some.” All of these weather changes are what are known as weather trends.

This is information a lot of experienced anglers will use to set up fishing patterns for early season trips. And for good reason, because weather trends dictate what the fish should be doing, where they should be located, and their activity or feeding level. So you can see that to plan your early season trips around the most stable weather patterns is a very smart move.

On most lakes right now the surface temperatures are around the 50-degree range. This is up a few degrees from a couple weeks earlier. This small temperature increase was enough to get bluegills to hit around shore line cover in four to six feet of water in brush piles last week. As the water gets on up in the 53- to 55-degree range, crappie will become more active.

All of this is because of a stable warming weather trend that has been going on recently. But even if it stays warm for several days and the fishing gets real good, a overnight cold front followed by days of dropping temperatures will kill the action all together.

One day in the 70s followed by a couple of days in the 40s then back into the 50s the next day is not a weather trend. A weather trend is a steadily rising or falling of the air temperature over several days in a row.

If you watch the weather report and it calls for the next few days to be in the 50s and the next day close to 60 and then at the end of the week in the 70s, that is a warming weather trend. Try to plan your fishing trips at the peak warming period of these weather cycles.

Just as a person likes to get out in the warmest parts of the day right now, so do fish. That is why one of the best fishing patterns you can use right now is to fish in the warmest part of the day and try to target the banks the sunlight hits first and stays on the longest. This bank will warm quicker and stay warmer longer than a shady bank will. The warmer banks will start to bloom with vegetation quicker and draw the bait fish in and also produce more oxygen into the water. And where the bait fish go the predator fish like bass, crappie and bluegill will follow.

Search out these banks and fish them with small baits on light line. For bass, try a small, dark-colored jig or tube bait fished slowly in and around cover. For crappie, a small minnow or jig worked in eight to 10 feet of water close to wood cover is a good bet. Bluegill are best now fished for in the warmest part of the day with worms around wood or rock cover.

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