How To Bass Fishing In Wind?

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Although windy weather can make it difficult to catch bass, it can also be the best weather for doing so. Windy conditions oxygenate the water and stir up the baitfish. Both you and the bass can benefit from these circumstances by taking advantage of this chance to find food.

Can Wind Impact The Bass Spawn

When fish are preparing for the spawn, excessive wind can also be harmful. The fish seem to avoid hanging in areas where whitecaps are crashing against the bank, but a slight ripple in the water is still beneficial.

When they are spawning, bass look for warm water and protected areas to build nests, whereas in the summer and fall, when they are more in a feeding mode, a strong wind will activate the fish.

Therefore, if you are having trouble catching fish throughout the summer and fall, you can count on the wind to change your luck by focusing on the windiest spots you can find.

On some lakes, the wind may be your ally, but not on others. When fishing grass lakes, it can be challenging to catch vegetation due to a strong wind blowing over the grass.

Lakes with sand or mud bottoms are particularly vulnerable to gales that produce ominous waves. The wind may pollute the water and wash away the bass if they are present in very shallow water.

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Pros Of Bass Fishing In The Wind

We should be utilizing the wind to our advantage rather than allowing it to negatively affect our time on the water because it has the potential to bring about a great deal of favorable bass activity. Here are some key benefits wind brings about: 

  • Wind causes a decrease in solar irradiance, which causes phytoplankton to rise closer to the surface. This causes zooplankton to rise, which is the perfect food for baitfish. Bass joins these baitfish as they move closer to the surface to feed, but they are not consuming zooplankton. This essentially means that wind can activate bass and their feeding
  • Bass are known as low-light feeders, and as mentioned in the last point – wind reduces solar penetration, causing less light in the water
  • Bass may receive an energy boost from wind-generated waves that hasten the oxygenation of the water. This makes the bass more active when it comes to feeding and moving in general
  • Wind can play a role in dispersing shoals of baitfish, and a solo rider is a lot more vulnerable than a shoal of plenty
  • The crashing of waves against a bank/shore can create quite a noise – but bass eventually get used to it, meaning that they’ll be harder to spook as they become used to unnatural loud noises and vibrations
  • The camouflage it creates is yet another crucial advantage of bass fishing in the wind. The imperfection of our lures is less obvious when water is choppy, and our chance of a bite increases for sure if a bass comes across our bait
  • One myth is that the wind blows baitfish around, this isn’t true and baitfish won’t be ‘moved’ by the wind

Tips For Bass Fishing In Windy Conditions

It can be difficult to learn how to use the wind to your advantage, but there are many methods and rules you can follow to ensure success.

Cast Into The Wind

Make sure to cast into the wind because bass frequently faces the current. If a lure is presented to bass in front of their face rather than behind them, they are more likely to strike it.

Despite being more difficult, casting into the wind appears more natural to fish. If your bait is moving up current, the bass will be suspicious because baitfish won’t swim up current in windy conditions.

Watch For Baitfish

Baitfish should be watched for. You’re in the right place if you cast nearby and see them dispersing.

Rod Position

Holding the rod with the reel perpendicular to the water will help you avoid backlashing and over-run. You should also make sure your reels are properly spooled. To have a full casting range in strong winds, your reels must be fully spooled.

Hold your reel so that the line runs over your fingers so that you can better feel bites and movements because windy conditions can make it more difficult to feel bites.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to turn the cast control knobs tighter. While doing so will slightly shorten your casting distance, it will also make backlashes and over-runs less likely.

Line Density

When there is less visibility in the water, a heavier line works well for large fish, but in windy conditions, heavier lines can experience more drag and bow. A braided line with a monofilament leader is a good option for the line.

The bowing and drifting caused by strong winds can be prevented by keeping your rod close to the water.


Start your journey where the wind is blowing. Consequently, if the wind is coming from the north, start there and drift south. Cast into the wind and aim your bow in that direction. As you drift backward, the wind will aid in retrieval.

Try first positioning your boat perpendicular to the wind if you are having trouble drifting too quickly. You can slow down a little bit by shifting your position. Use a drift sock or anchor to slow down even further if your drift is still too fast.

Use a trolling motor to your advantage to direct your drift as well. A full charge should be achieved before you leave. When it’s very windy outside, your trolling motor can be a huge asset.

Bait Choice

Pick a lure that resembles the baitfish. Shad colors will be effective because bass frequently eats shad in many locations. Big, heavy baits are useful when casting into the wind because you can feel a bite a little more easily with them.


Instead of calling off a day on the water due to wind, modify your techniques and face the wind. Wind can cause some seriously favorable action from the bass. Being able to fish in various weather conditions will not only increase our fishing opportunities but also help us become better bass anglers overall. 

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