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Wind & It's affect on fish


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All right... bear with me through this one...

Last week we stopped by a bait shop and asked the common question... where are they biting? The guy behind the counter said that he doubted they would be biting because of the direction of the wind...

My question is... is there some truth to this? I realize the wind makes a difference in open water fishing, but I've never heard anything about it affecting the bite during ice fishing...


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The only truth to this is that wind direction typically means other things, like change in pressure and temperature, also the possiblity of storms.

So in general there is probably some truth to this, but remember the fish are ALWAYS biting some where on the lake, just not ALWAYS everywhere.

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I disregard the old saying about "wind from East, fish bite the least". Grabs is right, the fish are always biting, you just need to find the active ones.
On open water, the wind will dictate where and how I fish. This usually means fishing in areas where the wind is blowing into, shoreline or submerged structure.

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Grabs is 100% right on this. Wind direction does tell you a lot of what is going on around you.. High pressure systems and low pressure systems travel in different directions. A low pressure system will have a counter clockwise spin to it.. So if the system is comming into you most likey winds will be in a south/west or westerly direction.. This fishing is usually very good. Once the front has passed you will feel light easterly breezes, or many times get a wind from the north, fishing during these times can be tough. High pressure systems will spin in a clockwise rotation, one entering your area will bring little wind usually yet they will be northerly or easterly... Fishing a high pressure system usually also mean blue bird skies, and many times tough fishing.

So many times wind direction can tell you some things, but isn't an exact art. Fish when you can, and make your own thought on what it does to the fish!

Best of luck!


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