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  Go back to the News List! Farmer's Almanac: Best Fishing Days and Times 08/28/2006  
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Best Fishing Days and Times


The Best Days for 2006, when the Moon is between new and full:

Tackle-Box Checklist

  Fishing line
  Swivels, to keep fishing line from twisting
  Different sizes of hooks
  Pliers, to help remove hooks
  Stringer, to hold all the fish you catch
  Sharp knife
  First-aid kit
  Insect repellent
  • January 1-14
  • Jan. 29-Feb. 12
  • Feb. 27-Mar. 14
  • Mar. 29-Apr. 13
  • Apr. 27-May 13
  • May 27-Jun. 11
  • Jun. 25-Jul. 10
  • Jul. 25-Aug. 9
  • Aug. 23-Sept. 7
  • Sept. 22-Oct. 6
  • Oct. 22-Nov. 5
  • Nov. 20-Dec. 4
  • December 20-31

THE BEST TIMES to fish are when the fish are naturally most active. The Sun, Moon, tides, and weather all influence fish activity. For example, fish tend to feed more at sunrise and sunset. During a full Moon, tides are higher than average and fish tend to feed more. 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:

  • One hour before and one hour after high tides, and one hour before and one hour after low tides. Inland, the times for high tides correspond with the times when the Moon is due south. Low tides are halfway between high tides.
  • 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 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. (The fisherman will have to match his fly with the hatching flies or go fishless.)
  • 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.

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