How to Know When It’s Too Windy for Fishing

Fishing is a fun way to spend a day outdoors, but it’s important to take into account the weather conditions before you head out. Wind can be an issue when it comes to fishing, as it can make casting difficult and affect the visibility of fish.

So how do you know when it’s too windy to fish? Let’s look at what you need to consider before heading out.

Wind Speed and Direction

The speed of the wind is one factor that affects fishing conditions. Generally, if the wind speed is above 10 mph, casting becomes more difficult and can lead to the tangling of lines or lure snags.

If there are gusts of up to 20 mph, then fishing becomes less enjoyable as your casting distance is reduced and the surface chop makes it hard for fish to stay in one spot for long periods of time.

In addition, winds over 20 mph can be unsafe as they can cause small boats on open water to become unstable or capsize.

Another factor that affects fishing conditions is the direction of the wind. This will determine where you should cast your line in order to be successful. If the wind is from behind you, then you should cast towards shore with the strength of the wind helping your bait reach its destination faster.

On the other hand, if the wind is blowing from in front of you, then cast away from shore so that your bait has time to settle in one spot before being pushed away by strong winds.

Safety Considerations

In addition to affecting fishing conditions, high winds also pose a safety risk if you are out on open water or near any bodies of water surrounded by steep cliffs or rocks (e.g., ocean shores).

Be sure to check local forecasts and pay attention to any warning signs posted at popular fishing spots before heading out — this will help keep you safe while also ensuring that your time spent fishing isn’t wasted due to unfavorable conditions caused by strong winds.


Knowing when it’s too windy for fishing will help ensure that your day spent outdoors isn’t ruined by unfavorable weather conditions.

Wind speeds above 10 mph can make casting difficult and reduce visibility for fish, while gusts over 20 mph may even pose a safety hazard depending on where you are fishing and what type of boat you use (if any).

That said, take into account both speed and direction when deciding whether or not it’s safe and enjoyable enough for a day out on the water—and never forget about checking local forecasts! With these tips in mind, happy angling!

Joshua Hickman

Joshua has a vast knowledge of different types of fish and how to catch them, and he loves sharing this information with others. When he's not writing or fishing, Joshua enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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