How to Fish With a Rising and Falling Barometer

by Jennifer Leigh
Understand barometric pressure to catch more fish.

Understand barometric pressure to catch more fish.

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Any fisherman knows that the more you understand about fish, the easier it is to catch them. Familiarity with barometric pressure trends is a good example, as it affects where fish spend their time. Barometric pressure is a measurement of atmospheric weight. Fish are affected by the pressure of the air on the water, particularly in shallow water.

Items you will need

  • Barometer
Step 1

Use your barometer to watch for rising and lowering pressure where you're planning to fish. Often, fish seem to bite more when the pressure is changing, so this might be a good time to go.

Step 2

Find fish in deep or intermediate depths during rising pressure. At this time, fish will be more active and will be attracted to brighter lures rather than bait.

Step 3

Look for fish in deeper waters with more cover after the pressure rises to a high level. This typically means that the weather is clear and the fish will be looking for places where they can hide. Use more bait -- instead of lures -- to attract the fish during this time, as the fish slow down and are less likely to be attracted to shiny or colorful objects.

Step 4

Fish during lowering barometric pressure, as fish will be most active. Use lures. and fish in shallower water; the weather is less likely to be clear.

Step 5

Look for fish is shallow water during low pressure. If it begins to rain heavily, fish may move to deeper water. Use slow-moving lures or bait during this time to gain the attention of the fish.

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