Remember the old saying: “When the wind is out of the east, the fishing is the least.”
A typical GOOD fishing day: a warm front, light rain, and moderate winds causing a choppy surface.
A typical POOR fishing day: a cold front, bright sun and/or a thunderstorm, calm water or an easterly wind.
Spring: When you see springtime trees and shrubs budding and flowering, know that some fish species are going through their reproductive/spawning cycle. If you’re angling for trout or northern pike, spring is a good time, especially in the afternoon with sun-warmed water.
Summer: Fish feed more in summer than in winter because their metabolism slows in cold and increases in warmth. Understanding water temperature can help you find fish. During summertime, relatively shallow lakes will experience thermoclines. Less-dense warm water sits on top of colder, denser water that sinks to the bottom. A thermocline will separate them. The warm surface water is exposed to the sun during the day, and there is very little mixing of warm water and cold water. As summer wears on, there is less and less oxygen below the thermocline, because water below the thermocline never circulates to the surface. Fish tend to move into the thermocline during these months.
Lures: Select a lure with consistent vibration and/or action and a good imitation of live bait movement.