What Are The Benefits Of Fishing After A Storm?


The Fish Have It Bad, Too

Ever wondered what a storm could do to the fish when it passes through their much-beloved territory? Do they also undergo the same stress we do? Does it make them a bit more aggressive or does it tire them out? What are the benefits of fishing after a storm? Let’s read the facts and find out!


Know Your Target Well

Fishing May Be Easy To Look At, But It’s More Complicated Than You Think!

Fellow anglers would agree with me that it takes more than a rod, fishing gear, line and bait to catch fish. Knowledge is what best helps us to understand the behaviors and mannerisms of a different kind of fish living in various types of environments.

Before being able to fully comprehend how fishing after a storm has its benefits, a quick review of fishes and how they behave:

Fish Come In Varieties


Many claims that almost all fish behave the same when they are in their natural state or when they get caught – this is a pretense.

As assorted as the animal kingdom is, and just like human beings having different races, cultures, and anatomy, fish also exist in various kinds which all behave in several manners.

Just as there are plenty of different bodies or kinds of water, or water temperatures, humidity, lighting, size and other conditions and factors, so are there multiple fish behaviors, too! Plenty of fish adapts to their surroundings and whose bodies adjust accordingly to the situation.

A typical example would be fish that have the ability to illuminate their surroundings or fish that can survive with less oxygen in the water, etc. If you want to learn more about how fish adapt to their different environments, an article from http://earthguide.ucsd.edu might help

​Other factors that affect fish according to the article are salinity, nutrient availability, oxygen, and sunlight.

What A Storm Can Do To The Fish

Now that we’ve had a bit of understanding of the behaviors of fish, it’s fitting to know how a storm affects them. This will lead us to accurately grasp the reason behind why fishing after a storm is beneficial.

Accuweather.com has an excellent short article about how weather affects fish:


​Like humans, fish are also exposed to the harsh elements of nature while they are in their habitat. It’s not always rainbows and butterflies for them either – and just as how we humans experience damage to our daily living after a big storm, so do our aquatic counterparts in their watery homes.

​Understand that fish are living in an environment they consider safe and secure as well.

​They find the right kind of habitat and setting to settle down, breed, hunt and survive. Also, consider that not all fish stay at one spot all the time, some may keep traveling from area to area while others choose to nestle down at one particular area for the rest of their lives.

The After Effects Of The Storm



For the fish that are affected in a given area during a storm, the kind of storm determines the behavior of the fish:

  • The Warm Front – It may excite most fishes affected. This will make the fish more active and can get them to move around and bit more, making them more susceptible to catch than anything.
  • A Cold Front – This has an opposite effect of the warm front. Instead of getting all jittery, this will make the fish a bit more lethargic than usual, and they’d choose to stay dormant for a while. Trying to catch fish at this state will prove to be tough.
  • Heavy rainfall
  • This can alter the fishes by adjusting the flow of the water and usually pushing stuff like insects and other remains to a particular area. This typically makes all the fish gather there for food, or because the current swept them in.
  • This also tends to make the water murky and unclear. This is beneficial and disadvantageous at the same time, as you’ll need to adjust your bait and line to match the change in visibility.

There’s a great video on YouTube uploaded by “1Rod1ReelFishing” that shows him fishing for Bass after a thunderstorm in a lake located in NJ, called Haddon Lake. Here’s a link to the video:

Have you also tried fishing after a storm? Did it prove more beneficial than you expected? Do you have any advice you’d like to share or any suggestions you’d want to give? Don’t hesitate to put them in the comments section below! Remember, there’s a rainbow always after the rain – and those fish are going to be there waiting at the end! Don’t get left out!

Rebecca Lily

Hi, everyone! My name’s Rebecca, and I just love to write and to fish! My friends call me “Becca.” I’m 22 years old, single, and am currently residing in New York working at an office. Show more

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