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So far this Spring, good fishing weather has been hard to find. Seems like almost every day has been too windy or cold or both. For example, to day wind gusts up to 30 MPH, overnight, lows to 28 degrees with overnight wind gusts to 25 MPH with a chance of SNOW showers! Might hit 60 degrees tomorrow for a bit before the wind picks back up. Been hard to get motivated this year. Thanks for letting me vent, appreciate it.

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I know the feeling ~ and admittedly I'm not a big a fan.

But pre-spawn only last so long, so at some point I just bundle up like I'm going Ice fishing

and take one for the team.

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I do hate having to wear gloves, so the old sausage fingers usually go numb right off the bat.

Fish Hard

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12 minutes ago, jbmaine said:

So far this Spring, good fishing weather has been hard to find. Seems like almost every day has been too windy or cold or both. For example, to day wind gusts up to 30 MPH, overnight, lows to 28 degrees with overnight wind gusts to 25 MPH with a chance of SNOW showers! Might hit 60 degrees tomorrow for a bit before the wind picks back up. Been hard to get motivated this year. Thanks for letting me vent, appreciate it.

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I can sympathize.  This is most years for me.  Well, not the cold, so much.  But usually from February until June, I can't get out on the water due to the wind.  There will be a couple of decent days, here and there.  But getting one to fall on a weekend when I don't have to be at work is pretty rare.  I typically get out about 2-3 times during that span.  

 

This year's been better than most for me.  I've probably been out six times this spring.  Last year wasn't too bad, maybe four.  But the year before that was pretty bad.  And in 2020, I couldn't safely get out on the water from Christmas until May 20th.  

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I can take the temperature drops but the wind is an issue if I can’t get out of it somehow.  

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It's been disgustingly windy in Indiana too. That seems to have dropped off for a week or so and it's been nice fishing. My first outting of the season, on my very first cast, I casted a 3/16 oz bullet weight and Culprit Worm into 20mph wind head on, with all my might because I'm an idiot LARPing as superman, and birds nested so bad I had to leave.

 

Second trip of the season was much better weather. Almost no wind. Great, I thought. Let's just cast this Senko under this overhang right quick.... Caught a branch on the back swing. First cast. Birds nested so bad I again had to leave. 

 

It's been better since

 

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4 hours ago, jbmaine said:

So far this Spring, good fishing weather has been hard to find. Seems like almost every day has been too windy or cold or both. For example, to day wind gusts up to 30 MPH, overnight, lows to 28 degrees with overnight wind gusts to 25 MPH with a chance of SNOW showers! Might hit 60 degrees tomorrow for a bit before the wind picks back up. Been hard to get motivated this year. Thanks for letting me vent, appreciate it.

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Geeez, I thought you were my neighbor for a minute.  Minnesota has been rotten too.  Every weekend has been nasty.  Windy, rainy, cold, garbage.  
SNOW!!!???   I feel a little better now!!   Sorry northern friend.  Hope it gets better for you.  

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Tell me about it. The smallies were just getting ready to start spawning up here in lake champlain I think. It snowed the last 2 days. I'm hoping they didn't decide its winter again and head back to deeper waters. Breaking out the kayak on some small water Friday morning where the water will be much warmer to look for some LM. With the wind on champlain lately, I'm going to have to trade in the bass boat. need a deep v in this sucker right now! 

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11 minutes ago, Fishin Dad said:

Minnesota has been rotten too.  Every weekend has been nasty.  Windy, rainy, cold, garbage.  
SNOW!!!???

I heard that this upcoming weekend will be the first “sunny and dry” one since the middle of March here. That’s almost 2 straight months of snow/rain and lack of sunshine.

 

I guess the one positive about that is it keeps a lot of people off the water. I’ve noticed far less boaters and fishing pressure the past 3 weeks than usual.

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Thanks for the replies and support everyone. Checked the weather a 5 AM this morning. Temp at the area we fish was 26 degrees with a breeze. Wife and I are both pushing 70 and not as eager to fish in the cold as we once were. Might try this afternoon. Forecast says wind back up to 25 MPH for tomorrow, temps down in the thirties again over night tonight. Weather seems to get wackier every year.

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We’re just the opposite here in FL. It wont be long til it’s “almost” too hot to fish after about 11 am. 93 degrees on my truck thermometer yesterday. 
I must be getting old. But notice I said almost !!

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It's certainly been a strange Spring with the weather. The weather/wind never stops me,  but it's caused very abbreviated bite windows. The entire Spawn was unusual and we had the weakest Shad spawn I've ever witnessed.

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They say El Nino is coming this summer.  So whatever weather patterns we're seeing this year won't likely be repeated next.  Whether it's for the worse or better probably depends on where you live.  We had been in a La Nina since September of 2020.  2023 has mostly been neutral as we make the transition from La Nina to El Nino.  But the upcoming El Nino has a lot of people worried that it could be one of the worst on record, as we recently recorded the highest ever average temperatures in the Pacific.  

 

In my region, it means worse.  Hotter summers.  More storms and more violent storms.  More wind.  Colder winters.  On the plus side, less boaters.  And El Nino's don't last as long as La Nina's.  Usually just a year, versus 1-3 years for La Nina.

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those Nina/Nino things confuse the eff out of me.   i just need the weatherman to tell me the basics.  grab a jacket fool!  wear shorts, dummy.

 

with respect to weather.  if i had a bassboat, wind rain wouldnt keep me home, i dont think.  what is a bassboats limit to wind?  15mph seems okay, no?  can spot lock go beyond that?

 

i have a 10mph wind limit on my kayak.  it just sucks holding position, i am no where near swimming at 10, but blowing past spots to quickly to work a plastic bait sucks.  

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This past week we’ve had lots of rain, probably close to 6 inches. I realize that doesn’t sound like a lot to some, but to us in deep drought it’s a welcome sight. Keep it coming Nino !

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5 hours ago, Darth-Baiter said:

those Nina/Nino things confuse the eff out of me.   i just need the weatherman to tell me the basics.  grab a jacket fool!  wear shorts, dummy.

 

with respect to weather.  if i had a bassboat, wind rain wouldnt keep me home, i dont think.  what is a bassboats limit to wind?  15mph seems okay, no?  can spot lock go beyond that?

 

i have a 10mph wind limit on my kayak.  it just sucks holding position, i am no where near swimming at 10, but blowing past spots to quickly to work a plastic bait sucks.  

Wind on big open water in a bass boat is no fun.  I’ve been on St Clair in waves big enough they were taller than our heads sitting in the seats.  You drive up one side of the roller and angle down the other.  You mess up in that kind of water and you are swamped.  

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1 hour ago, Darth-Baiter said:

so what is max comfort wind on a bassboat.?

Totally depends on the body of water.  Bigger water like St Clair, Erie, Lake Michigan, Lake Champlain, etc., depending on wind direction because they all set up differently, my max in a 21ft bass boat is 20-25 on average.  You can push it with deep v multi species boats and knowledge of specific bodies of water.  For example, we know we can go into Big and Little Muscamoot Bays when we stay on Harsens Island on St Clair because we don’t have to cross the lake and the way those bays set up.  Also, in heavy seas, spotlock can be downright dangerous.?

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Wind make bass aggressive....or at least less wary around here.   I've fished a bunch of days this year with 30 mph gusts.  I just stay in smaller water then.   I don't mind rain, or cold, at least the cold we get down here.  I hate gloves so I keep some hand warmers in my pockets.  For Winter fishing I want a reel with a heated side cover, and a rod with a heated grip.   Some one needs to invent and market those.  

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I went fishing several times in March and April when it was cold enough for ice to form in the shallow water.  On the trips when it was warmer, the wind gusted so hard I had to take cover back in coves or just forget the boat altogether and fish off of the bank. 

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22 hours ago, gimruis said:

I heard that this upcoming weekend will be the first “sunny and dry” one since the middle of March here. That’s almost 2 straight months of snow/rain and lack of sunshine.

 

I guess the one positive about that is it keeps a lot of people off the water. I’ve noticed far less boaters and fishing pressure the past 3 weeks than usual.

It has been frustrating.  I may sleep on the darn boat Saturday night.  I don’t think my family will see much of me this weekend.  We are waaaaaay over due!!

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