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Watch the Weather

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Winter has finally settled into Wisconsin and most of the upper Midwest. Fall and early winter were relatively mild, but since the beginning of December winter has returned with snow and below zero temperatures. The cold weather has been accompanied by days of high pressure and high blue skies. This kind of weather is not that conducive to good ice fishing. Rarely, have I had much success in the cold weather that is accompanied by a high pressure system.

But, there have been a few times when fishing has been outstanding and much of the good fishing can be attributed to a falling barometer and an approaching winter storm. Before going fishing, I always check out what is forecasted in weather and so should you. If you’re on the ice early in the morning or just before or after dark, you can usually catch a few fish no matter what the weather outside may be. If you have had stable and cold weather for a few days and you hear that the temperatures are going to moderate with a low pressure system heading your way, make plans to go fishing on your favorite lake because the fish will be biting.

Almost every time this winter that I’ve had good fishing and a consistent bite has been under the conditions that I just explained. The same would hold true for hunting. Deer and most other birds and animals are much more active and will be out feeding in advance of an approaching storm. Another thing that can translate into good fishing is by watching the birds that you feed in the winter. Birds will begin feeding heavily before a low pressure system and this can also signal to me to get out fishing because the fish (no matter what species) will be active. The fish will usually be active and biting all day when the barometer is falling and a low pressure system coming your way.

Check out what the weather was like the last time that you had good day ice fishing and I’ll bet that the weather was changing and a winter storm was on the horizon. It’s tough enough to catch fish in the winter, so take a tip from me and watch the weather and try and be on the ice for those peak bites. Another good idea is to keep a journal whenever you go fishing and keep track of what the weather was like and any other factors that you feel important. After doing this for a while, you’ll begin to see patterns that emerge that can often affect and help your fishing. Give it a try!

 

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