I have been fishing for more than twenty five years for all of the main species of freshwater fish including; trout, walleye, large and small mouthed bass, catfish, pike, and even muskie and in that time have learned one simple fact that has helped me become a much more successful angler. That fact is that the weather and moon have an incredible impact on the activity level of fish and the more active the fish are, the more apt the are to bite your offering when you are fishing.
I found that this was true with most fish species and the activity level of fish is largely due to what the weather and moon are doing at the time that you go fishing. In other words I discovered that I could use the weather and moon to my advantage when I was fishing. I began to think back to the times that I had experienced amazing days fishing. The kind of days where it seemed as if no matter what I did, I caught fish, and not only did I catch fish but those fish tended to be larger than “average”. Have you ever experienced this kind of day while fishing?
What I discovered was that both the weather and moon were in my favor on my best days fishing. So basically I was fishing at the perfect time and didn’t realize it. So then I began to wonder if I could use this information to my advantage. I figured out that I most certainly could use this information to my advantage by learning some simple tips about what the weather was doing and what phase the moon was in before I headed out onto the water.
For example I learned that the fishing is always better during both the full and new moon phases. In other words when the moon is full or new at night, the fishing is better during the day. The same simple rules apply to the weather. When the air pressure changes in the area that you are fishing the fishes activity level changes, and thus the fish feed more heavily or less heavily. Learning the simple ways in which the weather and moon impact fish behavior taught me how to be on the water fishing at the most opportune times, rather than just going fishing whenever I could.
The bottom line is that these two forces of Mother Nature have an amazing impact on the feeding activity of fish and using this information to your advantage will make you a more successful angler. Take a few minutes and learn some of the simple rules relating to the weather, the moon, and fishing as soon as you can if you want to catch more and bigger fish.