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Moon Phases

Best Times To Fish Based On The Moon & Other Conditions

Starting on the day the Moon is new and continuing through the day it is full.

The spring season is when the moon has its biggest effect on bass activity and movement.

Although experts in the field do not completely understand this phenomenon, they agree that the usual three full and new moons of spring have a positive effect on catch rates.

Most bass spawning goes on during the full moons. The two or three days before it they build their beds in preparation for spawning. The two or three days after they spend actively protecting the eggs.

The phases of the moon gives you a calendar that you can go by to plan on catching instead of just fishing.


The best fishing times are when the ocean tides are restless before their turn and in the first hour of ebbing. One hour before and one hour after high tides, and one hour before and one hour after low tides. All fish in all waters, salt and fresh, feed most heavily at those times.

The best temperatures for different fish species vary widely, of course, and are important mainly if you are going to have your own fishpond. The best temperatures for brook trout are 45° to 65°F. Brown trout and rainbow trout are more tolerant of higher temperatures. Smallmouth black bass do best in cool water. Horned pout take what they find.

During "the morning rise" (after sunup for a spell) and "the evening rise" (just before sundown and the hour or so after).

When the barometer is steady or on the rise. (But, of course, even in a three-day driving northeaster, the fish aren't going to give up feeding. Their hunger clock keeps right on working, and the smart fisherman will find something they want.)

When there is a hatch of flies -- caddis flies or mayflies, commonly. (The fisherman will have to match the hatching flies with his fly or go fishless.)

When the breeze is from a westerly quarter rather than from the north or east. When the water is still or barely rippled, rather than during a wind.
Contribute Last edited by Justin on 01/30/07


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Check out the CFLFR Calendar or Fishing Events List to find out when the next Fish-on Days are, when the moon is between New and Full.

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