Mar 7

air pressure influencing ice fishingDo you remember whether you had listened to the weather forecast when you last went out for an ice fishing adventure? And if you had, which factors had you given more attention to? They certainly might be temperature, wind and precipitation, but most probably not air pressure. Well, next time you listen to it carefully, because in case of ice fishing air pressure is a factor which decides, or at least influences, your success on ice.

You (like everyone else) might have experienced days when fishing is extremely slow. You have faced times when you had to scratch your head uttering to yourself, “Where did the fish go?” And it is particularly intensely realized, when you got great success just the previous day on the same lake.

So, what changed so much just in one day? Like many others, you could blame the weather. And more than possible, it is not because of a remarkable visible change, but more often it is only because of changes in the air pressure.

How Air Pressure Influences Ice Fishing

Barometric pressure can be considered as the weight of the atmosphere. As a front arrives at the area, the pressure starts falling and once it passes, the pressure starts rising.

When pressure falls, the atmosphere is lighter, which normally means the fish are more aggressive and are in search of food. In other words, they come to you.

When the pressure rises, the atmosphere is weightier and eventually exerts a force on the surface of the earth.

The force influences the fish more during the winter than summer. It is due to the sheet of ice on the lakes. When a thick ice sheet is involved the water volume is less for the fish in any water body, which means that once a front passes and the pressure rises, the fish are pushed into deeper water and become more sluggish. On such days, you need to go looking for fish and it becomes a difficult task.

The hours causing a frontal passage when the pressure falls can be some of the most successful periods you can have because of the resultant feeding passion of the fish.

Right Tackle and Techniques

You have to work harder during the slower periods to catch fish. Some help may be sought by changing the presentation with different vertical jagging methods or even using different types of baits.

Some of the greatest lures you should use during such periods might be anything with a dropper, like Northland’s or Hali’s Buckshot Dropper. These lures are perfect for periods when fish usually hit with a light bite, which often take place in post-frontal periods.

The ideal technique to increase your success in times when the pressure is growing is to use your flasher. On such days, the fish school more often because of the effects of the air pressure.

To take advantage of this behavior, you need to look for those schools by making use of the flasher before setting up. If you don’t go searching for fish, you need to continue to watch your flasher and be prepared to move if the flasher doesn’t point out fish.

You get a short time on ice, therefore you have to make the most of every moment by using a flasher first to find the fish and thus become more efficient.

You can plan your ice fishing trip in coordination with days when the pressure is dropping or forecasted to drop. Otherwise, you can go anytime, but listen to the forecast of pressure, so that you can be prepared with the right tackle.