Bass Fishing After Rain! ( Tips & Tricks ) – By Fresh Baitz


When fishing after rain, it’s crucial to determine if the rainfall was associated with a cold front. Cold fronts often lead to a significant drop in fish activity, particularly in bass, which may become lethargic and less willing to bite. During these post-front conditions, anglers should switch to finesse fishing techniques. Utilizing smaller, subtle lures like drop shots, finesse jigs, and tube baits, and fishing them slowly in deeper water can be more effective as these areas are less affected by the sudden temperature changes. Because bass are less active, it’s important to target them where they are likely to conserve energy, such as near submerged logs or rock formations. The slow presentation of the bait can make it more appealing to the bass, tempting them to make an effort to feed. Paying close attention to the weather trends and water temperature can provide additional clues about the bass’s behavior and preferred locations. It’s also beneficial to extend your fishing time during these conditions, as bass may only have short periods of increased activity.Our newest FreshBaitz Mandingo Trick Worm is the ultimate game-changer for anglers with a passion! Engineered for the angler who knows SIZE does matter, this lure is designed to attract only the BIGGEST bass with a penchant for the larger bait. The Mandingo Trick Worm boasts a solid 7-inch body enhanced with a hyperactive ribbed design, ensuring irresistible mouth-watering action for those trophy bass. Officially available in a vibrant array of 8 colors. Each worm is made from durable, high-grade Non-Salted plastic for lifelike action and unparalleled durability. Perfectly balanced for a variety of rigging options and scented for total and maximum attraction, the Mandingo Trick Worm promises year-round effectiveness in lakes, rivers, and streams. Whether you’re rigging it on a Shakey Head, Drop Shot, Texas Rig, or Carolina Rig, these worms are your ticket to landing the big ones. Proudly made in the USA by real anglers to help elevate your fishing experience and catch more bass year-round!
Heavy rainfall can stir up sediments, resulting in muddy waters, particularly near inflows from tributaries and creeks. This scenario creates a visual barrier known as a mud line. Bass often use mud lines as ambush points, similar to how they use weed lines. Anglers should target these transition zones where muddy water meets clear water, using lures that can be seen or felt by the bass, such as crankbaits and spinnerbaits, to increase their chances of a catch. When fishing these areas, it’s advantageous to use brightly colored or vibrating lures to attract the attention of bass in the turbid water. Also, consider the use of heavier tackle to manage the more challenging water conditions and to ensure effective hook sets in potentially strong currents. Regular casting to the same area might be necessary as bass could take longer to notice and react to the lure under muddy conditions. It is also important to be patient and maintain a slow retrieve to give bass ample opportunity to strike the lure. Adjustments in an angler’s fishing techniques, such as varying the depth and speed of your lures, can also be a key factor in adapting to the changing visibility and behavior of the fish after rain.The new FreshBaitz Lizards deliver a realistic profile that excels in both power and finesse techniques. Act fact, we just released a new 10w30 Syntheic Lizard color! The unique forward-facing leg design creates drag that holds it in the strike zone longer or produces wild flapping action with every pull of the rod. Additionally, its slightly ribbed solid body and large head hold your hook in place and provide much better weedless performance making it the ideal bait to use in any condition. Water clarity always plays a super big role in color selection but in any season year-round, you can’t miss when using colors such as Watermelon RedBlack & Blue, or Green Pumpkin. Its flexible tail design ensures added movement, tempting even the most cautious fish. The superior 5.5-inch profile stretches to a whole 7 inches which is perfect for predatory fish including bass year round. Made from long-lasting durable high-grade non-salted plastic for total and maximum attention-grabbing action underwater.
Light rains can be beneficial for fishing, especially after a dry spell. Such conditions often lead to increased surface activity as insects and other food sources are washed into the water, attracting baitfish and, subsequently, bass. Anglers should focus on areas where runoff enters the water, such as creeks and culverts. However, after heavy rains, the strategy shifts towards finding clearer patches of water or zones where muddy water has not yet dominated, as these can hold active fish. When targeting these zones, it’s effective to use topwater lures or lightweight spinners that mimic the natural prey driven into the water by the rain. Additionally, observing the behavior of smaller fish and birds can lead to the best fishing spots, as they often congregate where food is plentiful. It’s also beneficial to adjust your fishing times, aiming for early morning or late evening when bass are more likely to feed in the cooler, oxygen-rich waters. Be prepared to move frequently, exploring different areas as rain can alter fish distribution quickly and unpredictably. Maintaining a low profile and minimizing noise can prevent spooking the fish in these freshly replenished waters, enhancing your chances.We use our Fresh Scorpion because it closely imitates a crawfish. Our newest 10w30 Synthetic , Slimer Green, and Barbie Pink Scorpion colors work wonders. The Scorpion is a revolutionary new look to soft plastics. Its intricate detailing and texture mimic the nuances of a real crawfish, making it hard for bass to resist. Of course, water clarity always plays a role in color selection but in any season, you can’t miss using colors such as Green Pumpkin SeedBrown BarkMagneto. This bait not only appears natural to fish but gives them something to become curious about. The Scorpion paired with a stand-up jig is deadly because the jig actually sits the bait upright in a defensive stance. The subtle color variations across the bait further enhance its appeal, mimicking the natural color shifts found in live prey. Each Fresh Scorpion has a unique and exclusive 3-axis tail design that is engineered like no other soft plastic bait. Our Scorpions are made by anglers from high-grade non-salt plastic to provide superior life-like action-triggering strikes!
Post-rain conditions often lead to changes in water flow and levels in rivers and streams. Increased water flow can create new currents and alter fish positions. Bass typically position themselves in areas where they can conserve energy while having access to passing prey, such as behind current breaks like boulders or downed trees. Understanding how the water flow affects fish behavior and positioning can guide anglers to more strategic fishing spots. It’s also beneficial to use baits that can hold well against the current, such as heavier jigs or soft plastics that can be presented more effectively in flowing water. Anglers should pay attention to the color and turbidity of the water, as these factors can influence lure visibility and fish activity. Experimenting with different retrieval speeds can help determine the most effective approach under the current conditions. Additionally, focusing on the downstream side of natural structures can be productive since fish often rest there to ambush prey carried by the current. Your safety should always be a priority, especially in rivers and streams with increased flow rates; always ensure conditions are safe.Our Fresh HellaMite is scented for complete and total attraction underwater along with being made in the USA by real fishermen just like you. Our newest 10w30 Synthetic HellaMite color is a must-have. We also just released new eye-catching colors including the Slimer Green and Barbie Pink HellaMite. Act fast, these colors won’t stay in stock for long. If you’re fast enough you can also grab our seasonal limited-release Pumpkin Spice HellaMite along with the Money HellaMite. We also recently restocked our GhostRed BugPurple RainBrown BugElectric Chicken, and Goby Wan colors. The HellaMite’s solid body and hyperactive ribbed tail design produce a life-like quivering action with every twitch of the rod. Additionally, its unique flat underbelly detail enables this bait to be fished as a drop shot, Ned rig, neko rig, and even a small Carolina-rig, making it the ideal bait in any condition. When the water is clear, the fish can see the bait and look like real food, causing strikes. 
Rainfall can alter water temperatures, affecting bass behavior. Warm rains might warm the shallows, activating bass metabolism and encouraging more aggressive feeding habits. Conversely, a sudden cool downpour can lower water temperatures and reduce fish activity. Anglers should note these temperature changes and adjust their strategies, perhaps moving to shallower or deeper waters depending on the temperature shift. It’s crucial to use temperature-sensitive tactics, like slow-rolling spinnerbaits in cooler waters or faster-moving lures in warmer conditions to match the bass’s adjusted activity levels. Additionally, monitoring the time of day can help, as warmer parts of the day may see increased fish activity after a cool rain. Using thermometers or temperature gauges can provide precise data, aiding in choosing the optimal fishing spot. After a significant temperature shift, it may be beneficial to focus on areas that naturally regulate temperature, such as springs or shaded areas. Anglers should always be prepared to adapt their approach as the water temperature stabilizes or fluctuates.Our Fresh Beetle delivers ultimate versatility in a soft plastic bait. Its slim yet wide body design and four claws are engineered to naturally glide and wobble as it moves through the water. This design ensures they remain enticingly active longer than conventional baits. Its unique texture also provides a realistic feel, making bass hold on longer once they bite. Water clarity plays a big role in color selection but year-round you can’t miss when using go-to colors such as Chocolate MintOx Blood, or 10w30 Synthetic beetles. The hyper-active swimming claws are designed thin with long-lasting durable non-salt plastic to make them come alive with the slightest movement. The Fresh Beetle offers an enticing 4-inch profile and is scented for complete and total attraction! You can rig these Beetles as a Jig/ Chatter Trailer, Flippin/ Punching, Texas Rig, Swing Jig, and Carolina Rig. Making the beetle beyond perfect in any weather condition year-round!
Significant rainfall can cause water levels to rise rapidly, leading to flooding conditions. In such scenarios, bass often move into newly submerged areas to explore and find food. However, if water levels begin to fall quickly, for instance, due to dam releases, bass may move back to deeper areas to avoid being stranded in shallowing waters. Anglers should monitor water level changes and may need to adjust their fishing spots and techniques quickly in response to these dynamic conditions. This may include switching to baits that work well in deeper water or heavier lures that can maintain contact with the bottom despite the changing depths. Additionally, when water levels are high, casting into areas that were previously on dry land, such as submerged bushes, trees, or grassy banks, can be highly effective as these provide new shelter and feeding grounds for bass. Anglers should also be alert to the clarity of the water, as sediment and runoff can significantly alter visibility and affect lure choice. Using sonar or GPS mapping technology can help identify underwater structures that become key hotspots in fluctuating water conditions. Finally, it is essential to respect safety warnings and avoid fishing in dangerous conditions.Using a stick-styled worm is the most tried and true ways to catch fish. We have a wide variety of 5-inch Worms to choose from but released NEW Ghost Worms which are a must-have! You can also experience our new wacky rigging kit while it’s ON SALE! The WACKY Pack offers our most popular colors and essential tools for wacky rigging. If you’re fast enough you might be able to grab the limited-release Pumpkin Spice Worm before it’s completely sold out along with some of our newest colors including the Brown WormElectic Chicken Worm, and Goby Wan Worm colors. The high-grade non-salt plastic they’re made from provides positive buoyancy and it even floats underwater! We also released new 6-inch Worms including CharmeleonRainbow TRTBoneChocolate Mint, and Fire TGR are all available in 5 and 6-inch. We’ve also recently released new 8-count packs of worms available in Watermelon RedBlack & Blue, and Green Pumpkin. We also offer worms that have the unique ability to shift from one color to another. Scented for total attraction.
Mastering bass fishing after rain involves a nuanced understanding of several environmental factors. Key considerations include the effects of cold fronts, changes in water clarity due to sediment disturbance, the intensity and benefits of light versus heavy rain, the dynamics introduced by altered river and stream flows, shifts in water temperature, and the implications of rising and falling water levels. Each of these elements plays a critical role in bass behavior and their responsiveness to fishing strategies. By adjusting techniques and tactics to accommodate these changes, anglers can significantly enhance their fishing efficiency and success in post-rain conditions, making every fishing trip both challenging and rewarding. Persistent observation and adaptation to these conditions not only improve catch rates but also deepen an angler’s understanding of the aquatic ecosystem. Success in such varied conditions can greatly boost an angler’s confidence and skill level. The ability to read and react to post-rain changes is what really highlights seasoned anglers.We have a wide variety of terminal tackle to choose from. For Scorpions, we love to use the Stand-Up Jig because it sits your bait up-right in a defensive stance! The popular Owner All Purpose Hook is built with an extra-wide gap and is made to accommodate a wide range of soft plastics. The Owner Mosquito Hooks work for drop-shotting and are perfectly designed to better accommodate a wide range of soft plastics. The Block Head Jig is perfect for ned rigging the HellaMite with its mushroom-style head that seamlessly matches a wide variety of soft plastics such as lizards and worms. The Shakey Ultrahead can permanently secure baits by inserting the pin in the center and screwing the twist lock coil spring for perfect rigging every time! The genius Owner Ultrahead Wacky Jig features precise weight positioning and hook orientation for the ultimate wacky presentations. For fast Texas rigging, we use the Bullet-Type Rig which has an attached weight saving you pressure time when fishing cover. The 4x Jungle Flippin Hook is designed for big fish and the toughest conditions. Covering a wide range of soft plastics including worms and other types of creature-styled lures.