July 18, 2017

Why You Want Cloud Cover For a Summertime Trout Bite

In my experience, this single condition lends to great speckled trout action when the weather gets hot.

Speckled Trout Bite During Overcast Weather

Last month on Father's Day, me, my father and cousin ventured into Breton Sound for a great speckled trout bite.

You can read the fishing report on LAFR: Breton Sound Trout Slam 6/17/17

I also took some video and, if you've seen them, you know it was an epic fishing trip!

Not quite accurate...

Some people had commented that this is the excellent "pre-storm" fishing we see in Louisiana.

They're not wrong, but it's not.

Fishing before a cold front is one thing...

Yes, anglers can experience good fishing before a cold front hits. This is usually associated with a drop in air pressure to below 30" before northwest winds kick in.

You can see it for yourself here: Shell Beach Buoy 10/26-27/2012

By the way...

If you don't know how to read the graphs in the above link, then check out Tide Charts Don't Work Anymore.

Anyways, that cold front hit in October.

This fishing trip was in June. Those are two different months with two different weather patterns.

And if you look at the barometer for that day, there was no significant change in air pressure.

What makes summer so different?

It's no secret summer speckled trout fishing can be fast and furious. However, it's typically done in the morning, before water temps rise. When it gets hot, trout stop eating.

Consider this

If you were sweating your butt off in the middle of an asphalt parking lot at high noon in July, do you think eating a hamburger would be a priority? No.

It's the same for trout.

Launching late will doom a summer fishing trip for speckled trout, and that's exactly what we did.

We left the dock after 8am, when I normally leave no later than 5am, sometimes as early as 4am.

So why was the speckled trout action so good?

Because there was cloud cover, and a lot of it. The sun did not shine at all.

The water temperature stayed relatively cool and trout kept feeding through the day.

At that point in time, all I had to do was find the Big Three:

  • clean water
  • moving water
  • presence of baitfish


The trout we caught were eating because they were hungry.

That's it. 

They were hungry and found food in conditions they normally do. After that, they kept feeding through the day because the water temperature never got too hot.

How it Works for Anglers

Now you know why those speckled trout kept biting and you can take advantage of overcast weather during the summer, if you know what you're looking for.

Not a shadow of a thunderstorm, but the entire sky being covered by clouds.

Tight lines, y'all.

Captain Devin

About the Author

Devin is a veteran of the Iraq War and former fishing guide. He founded Louisiana Fishing Blog in 2012 to share his ideas as a charter captain and still writes in it today. Since then he's created a fishing university — LAFB Elite — where he teaches inshore anglers how to safely navigate Louisiana's coast and catch more fish.

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