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Best Fishing Days and Times

August 7, 2013

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The best times to fish are when the fish are naturally more active.

The Sun, Moon, tides, and weather all influence fish activity. For example, fish tend to feed more at sunrise and sunset, and also during a full Moon (when tides are higher than average). However, most of us go fishing when we can get the time off, not because it is the best time. But there are best times, according to fishing lore:

Best Fishing Days and Times

One hour before and one hour after high tides, and one hour before and one hour after low tides.

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

During the rise and set of the Moon.

When the barometer is steady or on the rise. (But even during stormy periods, the fish aren’t going to give up feeding. The smart fisherman will find just the right bait.)

When there is a hatch of flies-caddis flies or mayflies, commonly.

When the breeze is from a westerly quarter, rather than from the north or east.

When the water is still or rippled, rather than during a wind.

How to Estimate the Weight of a Fish: Measure the fish from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail. Then measure its girth at the thickest portion of its midsection. 

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