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Fishing in the rain, Is it worth it? I ve done it a couple times with low success anyone have a different experience. If so with what?

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

OK, I've fished Western Washington most of my life. That means, you've got to figure a way to catch fish during a rain, before a rain and after a rain, or you sit home. Not an option.

Now I fish mostly Northern Nevada, East Slope. Just as in Washington, your best success on rivers and streams occur precisely when it BEGINS to rain. So, be a weather forecaster, read the skies and be on the water before the rain hits your honey hole.

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from outdoorsman10 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I catch alot of fish during rain with topwater or frogs.

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from santa wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I catch fish in the rain all the time. But the atmospheric pressure does affect the fish and how they bite. I have found that the day before a big weather front and the day after are the best days to fish.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I've had tremendous success in the rain

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from Ethan3 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Ive had pretty good luck in the rain with texas rigs. But I have heard spinnerbaits are great lures during rain, so you should probably try those. Fish before rain also, its great fishing

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

What's wrong with a little rain?

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I dont like getting wet, lol this time of the year who dosen't appreaciate a little cool rain. Fish dont mind getting wet, it's the lightning and thunder that send fish deep and give em lockjaw!

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from country road wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I've had real good luck during a light rain, but I'm with Cgull on not liking to get wet.

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from country road wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I don't do lightning storms any more, either. I've had too many close calls. Once, lightning hit a tree close enough to me for the exploding bark to come raining down on me---I was on the bank hunkered down under an overturned jon boat at the time. It was a real Maude Watkins of a storm.

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from 007 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

My son and I were trout fishing last spring and doing pretty well when it started raining and the fish quit biting. My son, always the comic, observed that "apparently the fish don't like to get wet." He gets that from his mother.

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from Hunt-Fish-Live wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

ive caught a 3lb crappie, 5lb bass, and 7lb bass during the rain just this spring alone...i think that says it all :)

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from totaloutdoorsman94 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Put on the Frog Toggs and keep on fishing-I landed a 7 pound bass during a rain.

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from brettminer wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

All the above being said, be safe and take care of your gear. Hooks are made of metal and no one wants to replace a tackle box full of hooks. So take the necessary precautions. If you are in a boat with everything stowed or have a cover for your gear, or whatever else. Anyhow, ive been there, open my box to find EVERY hook rusty. Second, you might keep a weather radio handy. I hate being the downer her but I think this stuff needs to be said. Fishing in the rain can be hugely productive but different species respond differently. Your brain is the most important peice of equipment you have.

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from Fluger wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

One thing that helps the fish notice the lure is the disturbance in the water, it is impossible for them to see that when there are a whole bunch of rain drops splashing in the water.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I grew up on a farm and it seems that the only time I could take time to fish was when it rained and it was too wet to get in the fields. At the first sight of rain, I would head for the river. I literally caught buckets of fish in the rain... crappies, walleyes, catfish, bass and whatever. I mainly used black tailed jigs or Rapalas in fast water. I do have problems with striped bass in the rain though. A friend who was a commercial fisherman for many years off the Florida coast claims that pellagic fish get nauseous with the change in baromtric pressure kind of like we do when an elevator drops fast. I kind of believe him because the striper bite stops every time it rains. I still fish anyway just in case and sometimes have to change tactics to go for bass, catfish, etc. who seem to get in a rain frenzy now and then.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

OK, I've fished Western Washington most of my life. That means, you've got to figure a way to catch fish during a rain, before a rain and after a rain, or you sit home. Not an option.

Now I fish mostly Northern Nevada, East Slope. Just as in Washington, your best success on rivers and streams occur precisely when it BEGINS to rain. So, be a weather forecaster, read the skies and be on the water before the rain hits your honey hole.

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from outdoorsman10 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I catch alot of fish during rain with topwater or frogs.

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from Ethan3 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Ive had pretty good luck in the rain with texas rigs. But I have heard spinnerbaits are great lures during rain, so you should probably try those. Fish before rain also, its great fishing

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I dont like getting wet, lol this time of the year who dosen't appreaciate a little cool rain. Fish dont mind getting wet, it's the lightning and thunder that send fish deep and give em lockjaw!

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from 007 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

My son and I were trout fishing last spring and doing pretty well when it started raining and the fish quit biting. My son, always the comic, observed that "apparently the fish don't like to get wet." He gets that from his mother.

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from santa wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I catch fish in the rain all the time. But the atmospheric pressure does affect the fish and how they bite. I have found that the day before a big weather front and the day after are the best days to fish.

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from steve182 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I've had tremendous success in the rain

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

What's wrong with a little rain?

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from country road wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I've had real good luck during a light rain, but I'm with Cgull on not liking to get wet.

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from country road wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I don't do lightning storms any more, either. I've had too many close calls. Once, lightning hit a tree close enough to me for the exploding bark to come raining down on me---I was on the bank hunkered down under an overturned jon boat at the time. It was a real Maude Watkins of a storm.

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from Hunt-Fish-Live wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

ive caught a 3lb crappie, 5lb bass, and 7lb bass during the rain just this spring alone...i think that says it all :)

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from totaloutdoorsman94 wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

Put on the Frog Toggs and keep on fishing-I landed a 7 pound bass during a rain.

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from brettminer wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

All the above being said, be safe and take care of your gear. Hooks are made of metal and no one wants to replace a tackle box full of hooks. So take the necessary precautions. If you are in a boat with everything stowed or have a cover for your gear, or whatever else. Anyhow, ive been there, open my box to find EVERY hook rusty. Second, you might keep a weather radio handy. I hate being the downer her but I think this stuff needs to be said. Fishing in the rain can be hugely productive but different species respond differently. Your brain is the most important peice of equipment you have.

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from Fluger wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

One thing that helps the fish notice the lure is the disturbance in the water, it is impossible for them to see that when there are a whole bunch of rain drops splashing in the water.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 44 weeks ago

I grew up on a farm and it seems that the only time I could take time to fish was when it rained and it was too wet to get in the fields. At the first sight of rain, I would head for the river. I literally caught buckets of fish in the rain... crappies, walleyes, catfish, bass and whatever. I mainly used black tailed jigs or Rapalas in fast water. I do have problems with striped bass in the rain though. A friend who was a commercial fisherman for many years off the Florida coast claims that pellagic fish get nauseous with the change in baromtric pressure kind of like we do when an elevator drops fast. I kind of believe him because the striper bite stops every time it rains. I still fish anyway just in case and sometimes have to change tactics to go for bass, catfish, etc. who seem to get in a rain frenzy now and then.

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