Figuring out the best times to fish

By ignoring all the disclaimers

It could be truth, or just plain voodoo, but understanding the times that the sun and moon rises can help you figure out when’s the best time to fish. I’ve never quite understood it myself (at least as it relates to non-tidal waters) but certainly fishing seems best when the moon is new (like today). It’s dark at night, freshwater fish generally feed by sight, so it makes sense the fish would feed more during the day. The opposite goes for full moons.

Alas, I’m too lazy to figure it all out on my own (or pick up a paper), so I bought a Garmin eTrex Vista HCx to do it for me. No, I don’t get lost (and I don’t ask for directions either). I bought this puppy way back when because a) it’s easy to patch into the Mac, and b) it comes embedded with a handy little fishing predictor.

Today is supposed to be an excellent day…


…with the best times between 12:03pm and 2:03pm, at least on the Dream Stream. Nifty. And I never actually marked that waypoint in order to get those best times either. Instead, I cranked up Google Earth, found the spots I frequent using the satellite imagery (with roads showing), and set a bunch of pinpoints. Then I uploaded those points into the Garmin using GPS Babel+. Note: Google Earth and GPS Babel+ are free (although you can donate to support development of the GPS Babel project).

Now…not everyone is going to bother jumping through these kind of technological hoops just to catch more fish, but all is not lost. Here are some links to help you determine moonphase and sunrise/sunset etc…


There’s an old saying that goes “The worst day of fishing is still better than the best day at work.” Don’t get me wrong – I think work is fun – still, this adage is the only part of this post I can assure you is correct.

So get back to work!


Pete says:

I subscribe to the old saying, The best time to go fishing is whenever you can.

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