Optimal pressure for carp fishing. The best weather and time for carp fishing.

Optimal pressure for carp fishing. The best weather and time for carp fishing.

Dave Smith

9 min read

In this article, we will be discussing the optimal pressure for carp fishing, as well as the best weather and time for carp fishing. Carp is a highly sought-after fish, and knowing the best conditions for catching them can make all the difference.

So, if you’re looking to catch some carp, read on for the best tips.

Optimal pressure for carp fishing.

No matter how the anglers are divided among themselves into feeders, spinners, floaters, carp anglers and others, carp is truly a desired trophy for any fisherman. Fighting qualities, considerable weight and what is not unimportant, excellent taste - make any angler indifferent to carp.

External factors when catching carp

When fishing for carp, external factors play a significant role in their activity and biting patterns. While we cannot control all the external factors, some key elements to consider include:

Optimal pressure for carp fishing
Optimal pressure for carp fishing

Let’s put aside for a while the questions of finding fish, feeding and fishing methods and assume that there is carp in the pond, and our bait and bait are to their liking. What then external factors have a greater influence on his bite?

This question has been raised for more than a decade, and for carp fishing it is proposed to take into account:

  • Seasons: Different seasons can impact carp behavior and feeding patterns.
  • Weather Conditions: The current weather and long-term forecast can influence carp activity.
  • Water Temperature: Carp have preferred temperature ranges, and understanding these can help determine their feeding patterns.
  • Wind: The strength, direction, and temperature of the wind can affect how carp position themselves and feed.
  • Atmospheric Pressure: Changes in atmospheric pressure can impact carp behavior and biting activity.
  • Moon Phase: Some anglers believe that the moon phase can influence carp feeding behavior.
  • Geomagnetic Environment: Carp might be sensitive to changes in the geomagnetic field.

An ordinary angler takes into account only a few important factors that he thinks are available for fishing planning.

Many go fishing not when such favorable conditions come, but when there is an opportunity to go fishing at all. Everyone would like to live near a suitable body of water, have enough free time and plan fishing depending on favorable or unfavorable conditions for biting. But, alas. Some fishermen have to leave as soon as there is a free day or even a few hours at work or in the family. It’s not about planning.

Forums or groups in social networks and messengers of fishermen in your region will help determine and predict the activity of fish.

With the increasing popularity of fishing groups and chats, we have a good opportunity to “monitor” the state of affairs in the reservoirs. Many anglers are happy to describe their catches, biting activity and water levels in popular places on rivers and lakes.

Carp or other fish take the last days well - we go fishing, they write that the bite is very bad - we sit at home or go to prove that we can do better!

Having an idea about the current state of the bite and the weather forecast, you can already plan fishing. But this method is good for fishing spotsnear major cities.Large attendance gives more activity to the members of groups, chats and forums and, accordingly, enough information for us.

Deviating a little from the topic, I will say again that you should not be lazy to leave your comments on articles on this and other sites, write reports and reviews on forums and chats - in this way we help each other.

The advice and recommendations of ichthyologists and masters of fishing are needed, but your own experience in any business is the most valuable. So the understanding of the activity of carp, its habits, tastes for a particular reservoir come only with experience.

For different regions or even close water bodies, pressure or wind can have different effects on carp. And your own understanding of such processes, based on many years of observation, will always be more correct. In order for our biting forecast to be as accurate as possible, I propose to consider the following factors.

Atmospheric pressure for carp fishing

The current pressure and its change has a significant impact on the activity of the fish.

Atmospheric pressure for carp Fishing
Atmospheric pressure for carp Fishing

You can watch it on weather sites, or you can do it yourself. A simple home barometer will always warn you of changes in the weather and help you predict the bite.

To the question: “At what pressure does a carp peck?” must be answered according to the current time of the year. Rising pressure lets us assume better weather, while falling pressure warns of an impending cyclone (precipitation, clouds, wind).

At what pressure is carp caught in the summer?

As you know, in the summer in a protracted heat, any fish is inactive. At such times, carp come out to feed in the morning, evening and night. In such a situation, it is the decrease in pressure that tells us that a cyclone is approaching and the bite may change.

At what pressure is carp caught in summer
At what pressure is carp caught in summer

For cyprinids in summer, low pressure or a falling, slightly cloudy day with little wind is better.

Low pressure is the pressure below 750 millimeters of mercury, then the carp keeps to the depths. If the pressure is higher, then the carp will go into the upper layers of the water in shallow water.

At such times, thunderstorms are not uncommon, atmospheric pressure jumps - the bite can vary from complete zero to active. And the constant summer heat or vice versa cooling, a prolonged cyclone with rains and constant low pressure makes the fish reduce their activity.

During the heat of summer, the forecast of decreasing pressure tells us about a possible improvement in the bite. Moreover, the activity of carp increases even before the pressure decreases, continues at low pressure and persists for some time after its increase.

Biting carp in autumn, winter, spring and atmospheric pressure

In the cold season (in some areas and in early or late summer) , the effect of atmospheric pressure on the bite is different.

Biting carp in autumn winter spring and atmospheric pressure scaled
Biting carp in autumn winter spring and atmospheric pressure scaled

The metabolism of fish depends on the temperature of the water, and carp are mainly caught at water temperatures above 10 degrees.

During the cold season, constant high pressure and lack of wind create a period of low temperatures. Not the best time for fishing. A decrease in pressure, on the contrary, brings warming, the air becomes windy and humid, and the carp begins to go out in search of food in areas with warmer water.

In the cold season, biting improves with a decrease in atmospheric pressure.

Wind influence

The wind will also be one of the important factors affecting the bite. And the point here is not only in its direction and strength. The wind mixes the temperature layers of water, enriches the water with oxygen, can significantly raise the water level in rivers, and moves food and garbage.

Wind influence
Wind influence

For my region, of course, I know the direction of the wind at which the bite “cuts off”. And in the other direction (often fish activity increases with southwestern, southeastern winds), the fish biting will be much better. But it is better when the wind force is small.

For any time of the year, a small wind of up to 10 m/s is favorable for carp fishing; with a gusty storm wind (more than 20 m/s), the fish usually take inactively.

Wind temperature is also important. In the cold season, with warming and the arrival of warm air masses, the water warms up more, fish activity increases, which increases our chances of catching carp.

In the cool season, southerly winds increase the activity of cyprinids.

In hot weather, on the contrary, with the advent of a cooler wind, the feeding period of the fish increases.

A steady wind is able to redistribute the food base on the reservoir. The fish will take this into account and move in search of food.

For reservoirs with stagnant water
For reservoirs with stagnant water

For reservoirs with stagnant water , the tendency of carp to “move with the wind” has been noticed. In cool weather, with a southerly wind, warm water will accumulate along one coast. Fish rush to such places in search of food and the chances of catching it will be higher. The wind has changed direction - and areas of good biting may change.

With a strong wind and a wave, the bite of a carp is usually very weak. In such a situation, it is better to fish in areas protected from the wind.

The best weather for carp fishing

For carp fishing, the weather is best.

This fish does not like sudden changes. During such periods, her biting may stop completely. The bite resumes when the weather settles. At the same time, during a period of drought and heat, it is precisely the deterioration of weather conditions that can improve the bite. Suitable weather for carp fishing depends on the current season.

In summer, in hot weather, moderate winds, partly or completely cloudy, perhaps even thunderstorms, warm overcast weather are best suited.

It is interesting that carp starts to catch better or worse even before the start of suitable weather. In summer, with long prolonged rains, the activity of carp worsens. A day or a few hours before the weather improves, the bite begins to recover. That’s why a weather forecast for several days and knowledge of the state of the current biting on water bodies can help us predict the state of the biting.

The best weather for carp fishing
The best weather for carp fishing

In cool weather, the bite will be better in a period of good weather with little wind and low pressure.

Best time of day to fish

In summer, carp feed day and night. Higher water temperatures improve nighttime activity. In the cool season, daytime fishing will be more successful.

Influence of the phase of the moon

Some anglers try to take into account the phase of the moon when predicting a bite. It is believed that the growing moon is more conducive to biting. But from my own experience I can say that such an influence is almost imperceptible.

You have to rely more on the influence of weather, wind and pressure. And most importantly, in your own experience, its influence on the planning of the upcoming carp fishing will be the most important.



Carp fishing is a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The best time to go carp fishing is during the spring and fall, when the weather is cooler and the fish are more active.

The best way to catch carp is to use a bait that is high in protein, such as corn, and to fish in areas where there is a lot of vegetation.