Fishin’ can be hot even in cold weather

November 9, 2013

What is the best time to fish around a cold front?

Choosing these potentially better fishing days can make the day more worthwhile, assuming of course that the fish will cooperate.

There are many different factors that can affect the fish bite, but knowing how the weather impacts can be advantageous.

The coming month of December is probably the best striper fishing of the year. There are good times throughout the year, but the start of the winter season is something that striper anglers look forward to.

Some of the biggest fish of the season will be taken in this time frame. The season will have fish moving up the rivers and creeks. The fish that move up are generally bigger, more mature fish.

These fish will congregate is smaller areas in deeper pockets in these rivers and creeks. The action is guaranteed to be awesome, if you can handle the colder weather.

As most of us know, right before the cold front hits is probably the best time for catching fish. The fish seem to know that it’s time to feed before the higher pressure moves in.

An overcast sky before the front moves in normally makes for even better fishing conditions. If the fish are biting right before the front and the front pushes through while you are on the water, the bite will probably continue for a short while after the wind shift.

This has happened to me on numerous occasions while striper fishing. Active fish will generally continue to bite after the front pushes through for a short while, but when they stop biting it’s normally time to go home.

Other days, the north wind will not make a difference. Probably should avoid those high wind days, but a light north wind is fishable.

Fishing during the transition of air masses during a slow cold front passage can be some of the best fishing of all, especially for stripers. The weather can be cold, rainy and miserable but the fish seem to prefer this environment.

Most of you have probably heard that stripers bite best in bad weather. Many times this is true. Just be careful out there when the weather turns. You’ll soon forget about the cold when the action heats up.

Cold front systems push through our area this time of year frequently. If a front has just passed through, I generally prefer to get on the water as soon as the wind shifts back from the south, which may be a couple of days after the front moves through. Fish that have not been feeding during the high pressure may start biting as this time.

If you don’t have a choice and you get out after the front passes through when the high pressure has settled in, you may have to alter your fishing pattern to get the fish to bite. Black bass may move out to deeper holes, and you may have to slow your presentation.

Stripers normally gorge and then don’t eat for a while. You may have travel to find active fish and place your bait on their nose.

We can never be sure what mode the fish are in regardless of the weather. Fish may bite on those “Blue Bird” days contrary to all expectations. However, there are times that are generally more productive.

The best thing to do is to wet your line and see if the fish will bite. Just be prepared for those weather changes.


The weather last week was rainy/overcast for the beginning of the week, and then we had a passing cool front. Water temperatures continue to fall to the middle 60s. Water levels continue to fall as well.

Sand bass action continues to be good to excellent. Best fishing reports are coming in from near Western Hills and the area by the dam. Birds are returning to our lakes and they can point you to active fish.

Squaw Creek tilapias continue to be caught in numbers on small pieces of worms under a bobber. Many continue to fill their coolers with this invasive species as they are great table fare. Black bass fishing continues to be good to 8 pounds on soft plastics on Squaw Creek.

Possum Kingdom sand bass and a few stripers are good on jigging slabs and live bait. Whitney sand bass continue to be good as well on slabs. Hybrids are fair to good on Proctor and Benbrook. Lewisville hybrids are good on swimbaits and live shad.

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