As with most outdoor sports, weather conditions can often affect the outcome of your performance. The season, time of day and weather can determine how productive your top water experience can be.
Top water fishing is best during the post-spawn, late spring season and into the fall months. After spawning, the fish are sluggish, starving and looking for food. In the summertime, the bass' metabolism has kicked into high gear and will provide a fun retrieval challenge. In autumn, the water temperatures are still warm enough to keep the bass biting.
Fish are cold-blooded and prefer to hang out in warmer waters. The colder the water, the lower the bass' body temperature and the slower the fish. You can still fish in cold water, but you must adjust your bait and lures accordingly. If the water temperature is too high, oxygen levels at the surface will decrease, making bass less likely to come to the surface.
Dawn and dusk are the most appropriate times of day for bass. Bass are sensitive to light, so fishing under low light or cloud cover is best. Fish have a highly tuned internal barometer and are sensitive to storms and fronts. They will stay under deep water during a cold snap or a heavy rain; fishing will be better before a cold front comes in or before a storm.
There are other factors that you can take into account, such as tides and water levels. You can even go so far as to check your lake's generation schedule. These schedules give you a fairly in-depth look at the characteristics of a particular lake and may even tell you the perfect time to go fishing for record breaking bass.
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