Norm M Posted July 15, 2008 Report Share Posted July 15, 2008 Over the weekend a small group got together and fished a Illinois stream. On Saturday it was raining and the river rose a bit, on Sunday it was washed out bluebird skies. On Saturday I was out fishing in the rain and had a real nice day. 4 different species, big fish and numbers of fish that were tearing up Subwalks, Suspending Rogues and crankbaits. I never even tied on a soft plastic/jig combo fish were waytoo active. On Sunday, from my experience and from reports from others in the group plus other guys I meet on the flow things was tough. I couldn't buy a fish on anything but a jig/plastic conbo and damn few of those. Conventional wisdom says the fishing is better in the prefrontal/front conditions than post frontal because of the reduced visibility that allows the fish to feed more actively than under bright clear skies.The thinking is that under the bright skies the fish just won't move much. Now maybe it isn't the washed out sunny skies that is the culprit after all. Phil and I have noted through years of highwater fishing that the best bite is as the water rises, after that it subsides some to a lot especially in colder water. If the rising water spurs the fish to feed than wouldn't that explain why a lot of fish aren't moving much in post frontal conditions. They don't need to move as the majority of the fish put on the feed bag in the rising water and can just kick back for a bit afterward. Obviously the warmer the water and the higher the metabolism the sooner they will feed again. This weekend even a minor rise in the water had the fish feeding and the next day they weren't feeding much. Blue sky or full belly? I did note that when there was a bug hatch going on Sunday[evidenced by swallows swooping low] the fish turned on a bit. The title of an old InFiherman article was "What turns game fish on ? An influx of prey." An influx of prey [bugs and small fish eating the bugs] was enough to bestir some fish on an otherwise slow day. Picture yourself after Thanksgiving dinner, are you getting out out the lazy boy recliner for a nibble or two of cranberries ? If your loving and thoughtful wife walks in with a plate with a hunk of pumpkin pie slathered in whip cream and hands it to you , well you'll prolly munch at least a little. One thing I would suggest under these conditions is that it may be better to fish the biggest holding area you can find. More fish in a spot may mean finding at least a few fish they are still feeding. The smaller more confined areas with a handful of fish may have 1 or 2 or more likely no active fish. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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