Effects of Barometric Pressure on Fishing

Effects of Barometric Pressure on Fishing
Fishing can be a maddening affair at times as the fish bite really well one day only to go quiet the next. Experienced anglers have learned to watch the barometric pressure readings as this plays a major role in fish activity.

High Pressure

High pressure systems cause the barometer to rise above a reading of 30.10, which causes fish to react in a negative manner. These systems often bring high, bright skies that put fish down as well.

Low Pressure

Low pressure systems are usually associated with severe to moderately severe weather systems. Barometer readings under 29.50 are a good indicator to stay off the water until the fish adjust to the pressure change.

Stable Weather

Fish tend to bite the best during stable weather periods when barometer readings are from 29.90 to 30.05. At this point, fish are most comfortable and actively feeding.

Hot Bite

Watch for a rising barometer as a great indicator of fish activity. When low pressure systems linger for a few days, an incoming high pressure system can be just the ticket to get fish biting again.

Craft a Plan

If you have a fishing trip planned but the barometer is not in your favor, be sure to slow your presentation. The fish are still there; they just need a little more coaxing to bite.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

Don't Miss a Thing!

All our latest outdoor content delivered to your inbox once a week.



We promise to keep your email address safe and secure.