Rain usually creates some excellent bass fishing opportunities.  If a front is coming in, bass will typically go on a feeding spree just before the front gets there.  On days when it is just a steady light rain, the fishing can be flat out awesome.  Bass will stay shallower throughout the day because of the reduced light penetration, which makes it easier for anglers to target these fish.

Heavy Rains Can Make Fishing Tougher

Heavy rains make fishing somewhat tougher.  Most anglers prefer to be off the water during a heavy rain.  If you do decide to load on the rain gear and give it a go, fishing can be good depending on the body of water you are fishing.  Once the water gets all kicked up from a heavy rain, fishing can slow down for a day or two with the lower visibility.  A couple of exceptions to this are spillways and clear water lakes.

Clear Water

Clear waters will get a little cloudy following a heavy rain, but fish will still have plenty of visibility to feed regularly and the bass may even stay shallower because the water isn’t as clear.


Spillways are typically great fishing spots following a heavy rain, even though the water can resemble the color of chocolate milk.  Largemouth bass stack up at the spillways to feed on worms that are getting washed away and on small baitfish that are in the area feeding as well.  Some of the larger dams on big rivers tend to not produce as good of results as a lot of those smaller spillways.  Find a spillway that feeds into a pond or small lake and you can usually catch quite a few bass in a short amount of time.

As the rain falls harder, fish slower because of the lower visibility

Sometimes, you just have to slow down due to the lower visibility.  These fish will still eat, but they need to be able to find your lure and eat.

Fish shallower

After heavy rains on a lot of bodies of water, a good amount of bass will actually move shallower.  Part of it is due to the fact that the high water levels open up some unique fishing opportunities along the shorelines that you won’t find when water levels are low.  On many bodies of water, a real heavy rain will push a bunch of worms into the shallows as well.  Whatever drives them to the shoreline, it really doesn’t matter.  Just spend some time in the shallows to see if the fishing is going to be better in the shallows on the body of water you are fishing.

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