One of the most common questions we get asked at the bait shop is “How are the waves on the Big Lake”. Although were not meteorologists we try and stay up on the most current info, so we can better inform our customers before they make the trip. We always enjoy your calls, but here are some other tools help you make your decision. Today we have compiled a list of the best websites and apps to use for a better understanding of the current conditions. Sorry the links aren’t clickable, but they’re definitely ones to save.
The first one we use is the NOAA weather site. This site provides a fairly accurate prediction of the current conditions and the conditions to be expected in the next 48 hours.
The second most important site to check out is the Muskegon NOAA ReCON Staition. This website has realtime information including wave height, wave spacing, surface and bottom temperature, and current directions at different columns of the water.
RadarNow is the most accurate and up to date radar you will find. RadarNow had a paid and free app that shows the most up to date NOAA WSR-88D NEXRAD imagery available. If you see clouds in the distance this is the app you’ll want to trust.
FishHead is an app that is packed with tons of information for the fisherman. From weather to tides and lunar information. This app will keep you up to date on all the information you want to know.
NOAA/GLERL Depth Average Current Map. Surface currents tend to follow the wind direction more closely than the currents at depth. Depth-averaged currents represents the average water motion from surface to bottom and tend to follow shoreline and bottom contours. When starting a troll direction this is our first choice.
If your looking to plan your next fishing trip you need these to help you out.