Battling Changing Water Temps

 

Guy Eaker, Sr.

   

Of all the external factors that affect the behavior of game fish, especially bass and their willingness to bite, water temperatures is the most critical.

A sudden change in water temperature can cause fish to turn on, as well as off.

Find an area where a sudden change causes warm water to flow into cold, and your chances of catching fish increase.

However, a sudden cold front, which drops the water temperature drastically can cause fish to retreat to deeper water, or tighten up to cover.  When this condition occurs shallow fish usually retreat to the first available break or cover in deeper water.  Move as far as need to locate this cover.  Your depth sounder rigged with a surface temperature gauge can be you biggest asset.