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Barometric pressure a good indicator of weather changes

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POSTED March 25, 2011 12:58 a.m.
Just when you think you have the weather figured out, everything changes.

As much as I keep reminding myself year after year to not get to excited, it never fails; we get hit with another big storm.

Leading up to this current storm we had the perfect water temperatures, and the perfect moon cycle for the first spawn of the year. As I cruised along the shallows a little over a week ago, I even saw pairs of fish seeking out areas to spawn.

Fast forward to a few days later, the weather was still the same but the shallows had been vacated, and I had a tough time finding anything up shallow. It’s amazing how fish can tell when a change in weather is coming before we can.

Admittedly, I don’t pay too much attention to barometric pressure. I’ve researched it before but I’ve never really applied the knowledge gained. One thing is for sure; all weather changes begin with a change in barometric pressure.

It’s clearer to me more now more than ever that I must pay closer attention to changes in barometric pressure. It can easily be found. Unknown to me, the weather phone app on my phone even has barometric pressure.

High pressure is usually accompanied with clear skies and low pressure is the opposite. Normal barometric pressure is 29.92 inches of mercury and high barometric pressure is above 30.50 inches of mercury, a change in barometric pressure simply put is a change in gravity.

Delta Report
Largemouth bass continue to provide action for those fishing jigs, finding clearer water and banks protected from the wind and current seem to be what anglers are targeting.

The bass are feeding heavily on crawdads and bluegill, and reaction baits in red or bright orange are working well while fished along rock banks or ditches.

With this current storm, finding clearer water is going to be a challenge. Remember, vegetation acts as a filter. Areas of dense vegetation will clear up a lot faster than others.

New Melones Lake
The trout bite has been reported as being off and on lately. The better bites have been for those fishing the banks.

A lot of trout are being caught by anglers fishing main lake points with power bait. Anglers trolling for trout have been catching them between 30 and 80 feet deep. Bass fishing has really picked up as anglers are starting to catch a lot of fish that have moved shallow.

Some anglers are even reporting catching between 20 and 40 fish per day. The most consistent anglers are fishing with either jigs or Senko’s while targeting both on and off shore structure.

Lake Don Pedro
Anglers are currently finding a lot of male bass currently on beds. For some reason bass seem to spawn early on this lake every year.

The banks have muddied up lately making it extremely tough to sight fish for bass. Anglers instead are fishing between 5 and 6 feet making sure to work their baits across bedding areas.  

Lake Camanche
Trout fishing continues to be good on the lake, last weeks big fish topped 11 pounds and was caught by a bass angler while fishing a white fluke for bass. Trout fishermen are catching fish from the bank and from their boats.

Most are trolling lures or fishing with power bait. The bass fishing is starting to pick up. The lake held a tournament last week where the winning team had a little less than 20 pounds for a limit of five fish

Lake Pardee
Trout are being caught for those fishing the top 10 feet while trolling flashers with lures tipped with a partial scented grub or night crawler behind dodgers or sidekicks.

Water levels are very high and visibility is down to about 7 feet. Bass fishing remains great for anglers working jigs through off shore structure.  

Tip of the Week
Brand new reels are packaged with grease that coats all the moving parts. The grease is meant to protect the reel for an extended period of time.

Unfortunately, the reel is limited of it true potential due to it’s less viscous lubricant. After the first year of use I usually take my reels apart, clean off all factory grease, and lubricate with one of many aftermarket lubricants.

A common mistake anglers make when partaking such a project is that they use WD40. WD40 is a cleaner and not a lubricant, make sure to purchase an actual reel lubricant and you will surely be surprised at the results.

The only drawback is that oil doesn’t last as long as grease and will have to be reapplied on a more regular basis.

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