Yes. Trout fishing is good in the rain. When rain falls, the water darkens and as a result, becomes flooded with oxygen. This causes the insects and other sources of food to be rinsed into the water, the fishes then come up to get this food and are caught in the process. Rain is a direct proponent of a feeding frenzy when it comes to trout fishing.
If there’s any season I do not like, it has to be the rainy season. The rain indeed makes plants grow, wets the road, cools the weather, and is a good way to replenish the earth. But the rain does make the dirt muddy, it can ruin a very good weekend plan, an outdoor picnic, a nice dress, and even spoil a solid outdoor event. I do not like the rainy season but my friend Joey does, and I understand because he’s a trout angler.
Anyone who is such an avid trout angler like Joey can attest that these fishes become very active once this weather reaches. The little insects and other edibles are washed into the water and immediately, these fishes are thrown into a feeding frenzy. It doesn’t sound good fishing in the rain, you get wet and could even catch a cold but not to a trout angler. An angler has to stand right in the middle of the water in a certain position to catch trout, already used to getting wet, what else does the rain do, except that it increases the chance of catching a bigger fish?
What Is Trout Fishing?
This simply means catching a species of fish called trout. Trout fishing is the fourth most popular fishing in North America after the bass, panfish, and catfish. Trouts are very abundant in waters and not just that, they are good at putting up fights.
These fishes are of different colors and species and all species are somewhat similar to each other in body form. Trouts are mostly present in cold water, they are often seen in moving water running up and down the creeks. In this process, they can sometimes get stuck in between rocks and ponds. As a result of their accessibility to wildlife, they are also likely to be found in the woods with other fishing wildlife.
When Is The Best Time For Trout Fishing?
The best time for trout fishing depends on the time of the day, time of the year, season, and temperature. Just like freshwater fishing, trout fishing is also accessible at any time of the year but to increase your chances of getting catches, I’ll suggest these tips;
It is normal to fish for trouts in the late spring especially if you’re after big fish. Once the weather becomes warmer, the fishing pressure becomes higher due to the activities of other anglers. Also, the grasses and bushes enclosing their habitats become thicker, and the water level becomes lower.
If the weather is uncomfortable for you as a result of too hot or too cold temperatures, it will be likely uncomfortable for the trout as well. This is because trout are cold-blooded and the temperature of the water they swim in is sometimes a reflection of their body temperature.
Based On Temperature.
33°F to 49°F ; 1p.m. – 5p.m.
50°F to 56°F ; 12p.m. – 5p.m.
57°F to 62°F ; 11a.m. – 5p.m.
63°F to 68°F ; 10a.m. – 2p.m.
66°F to 71°F ; 9a.m. – 1p.m.
72°F to 77°F ; 8a.m. – 12p.m.
78°F to 82°F ; 7a.m. – 11a.m.
82°F to 86°F ; 7a.m. – 10a.m.
87°F to 92°F ; 6a.m. – 9a.m.
Based On Time Of The Day.
Trout are active feeders. They are most comfortable in water temperatures that range from 34°F to 67°F. They feed better just as the temperature of the water rises by one degree above 40 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. To catch the trout by baiting, it is important to take note of the water temperature by the hour.
Trouts do not have eyelids, as a result of this, they are unable to keep their pupils dilated. Therefore, once the sun is extreme, they start to seek shaded areas so they can avoid bright lights. It is therefore advisable to fish under cloud cover when the temperature of the water is cool or preferably sought out shady areas where it is easy and quiet to wade in with water boots without disturbing the water.
It is very common to see trout anglers fishing just before dusk sets in until it’s dark and even sometimes, under a full moon. During summer, it is advisable to move upstream to cooler waters once the temperature rises to 60°F or more.
Do Trout Bite Better When It’s Raining?
Sounds like a technical question but yes, they do. Trout bite better in lower light. This includes dusk, early dawn, or cloudy weather. When it’s raining, then there’s no sunlight, and the prey near the water are washed into the water as a result of the rain. The clouds then come up to feed. Due to their lack of eyelids and their inability to dilate their pupils, they tend to bite heavily. So yes, bad lighting coupled with heavy rain is a good chance to catch bigger trout.
Trout fishing is good in the rain. When it’s raining, the sand by the pond or lake gets washed into the water. As a result, lots of food gets washed too. The trout know it’s best to feed at this time and coupled with the unavailability of sunlight, they have a tough time seeing anything.
As a result, they tend to bite a lot and it’s easy to catch them. When it’s raining, the best idea is to grab your raincoats and go fishing. Better chances for you to come back with a big catch.
I hope you enjoy your next trout fishing experience – in the rain.