How Barometric Pressure Influences Winter Fishing

How Barometric Pressure Influences Winter Fishing

While many of us imagine fishing on hot and lazy summer days, plenty of people head to the nearest fishing spot for a wintertime catch. Fishing in the winter is a different experience than warmer weather on several levels. When it comes to cold weather fishing, barometric pressure is a key indicator to your success. Here is an overview of how barometric pressure influences winter fishing and how to increase your chances of catching more fish.

What is Barometric Pressure?

Barometric pressure, also known as atmospheric pressure, is essentially the "weight" of the air. It's typically expressed in millibars (MB) or millimeters of mercury (Hg). Normal pressure at sea level is 1013.3 millibars or 29.92 inches of mercury. Rising barometric pressure commonly means that weather is improving while falling barometric pressure can mean that inclement weather is on the way.

In the winter, barometric pressure is often higher than the summer since cold air is denser than warm air. But what does this mean in terms of wintertime fishing?

Barometric Pressure and Fish Feeding Patterns

When barometric pressure is above 30.50, you might want to consider hanging up your fishing pool and waiting for more ideal fishing conditions---and here's why.

During the winter, fish metabolism slows to a crawl. The high barometric pressure makes the desire for fish to nibble on bait much lower since their desire to eat is at rock bottom during these conditions.

Combine high barometric pressure with single-digit temperatures, overcast skies, and snow---and you're looking at little-to-no fish feeding activity.

With a stroke of luck and the right bait, you might be able to pull up a fish from the frigid waters but don't be surprised or frustrated of your lack of progress.

Preparing for the Best Fishing Weather with Kestrel Weather Meters

While wintertime fishing can feel complicated, it's not impossible. When there are breaks in the weather and double-digit temperatures, you can have a wonderful fishing experience even in the middle of the winter months. Tracking the weather in terms of temperature and impending precipitation can increase your odds of landing your best catch yet.

With Kestrel weather meters, you'll get real-time weather data right at your fingertips. It'll help you judge whether your fishing efforts are worthwhile during winter weather, or if you are better served to wait for more ideal conditions.

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