John's Journal...


The Weather

Click to enlargeEDITOR'S NOTE: Have you ever wondered why bass angling professionals can come to a lake they've never fished before, compete for three days, and catch more and bigger bass than the anglers who live on the lake? Actually the reason is simple. Most of the work of locating the fish is done prior to these professionals' coming to the lake. Many times their preparation for the tournament may have taken place months before the actual contest. They also have another advantage that fishermen who angle the same lake every weekend don't have, because these pros don't have honey holes, favorite spots or places to go to where they've caught bass in the past. Click to enlargeSo they must rely on their own ability to find the fish on the lake where the bass should be when the fish are supposed to be there - without any pre-conceived ideas about where the bass are.

By knowing the weather prediction for the day you plan to fish, and learning what the weather has been the week before, you often can not only know where the bass will be but how they are likely to bite. If you're planning a trip months in advance, you can talk with weathermen in the area to understand what the usual weather patterns are during the month you plan to fish. Then you can develop several game plans for where and how to catch bass, depending on whatClick to enlarge the weather is on the day you're on the lake.

For instance, if you'll be angling in the spring during the spawn when the bass probably will be in shallow water and have found out that the weather is usually warm and constant then, you know that you can concentrate on shallow-water patterns. However, if you have learned that the weather is subject to change abruptly from warm to cool, then Click to enlargeyou must learn where ditches and drop-offs are and have a pattern for fishing these regions- if a cold front hits the day before you go to the lake.

When you're angling in the winter, bass will be deep off river ledges, deep points and drop-offs. However, when a warm front moves in for two or three days in the wintertime, the bass often will go on a feeding spree in shallow water. So be sure to take some spinner baits and buzzbaits with you to fish that shallowwater cover.


Check back each day this week for more about HOW TO SCOUT FOR BASS

Day 1: Time of Year and Maps
Day 2: An Aerial Look
Day 3: The Weather
Day 4: Call the Lake and Learn the Conditions
Day 5: The Types of Bass Present in a Lake



Entry 307, Day 3