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When is the Best Time to Fish?

Since weather conditions, tides and seasons have a great impact on the behaviour of species; one should always be aware of the best time to fishing.

The best time to go fishing can be in the early morning or at night when fish are feeding, but the results also depend on the type of equipment you own. Anytime you have some spare time can be a good time to fish.

When you plan to move out for fishing on a beach to catch some fluke, redfish, steelhead trout, or freshwater river fishing for carp, pike etc., it is always advised to check the time of the day, changing condition of tides, wind, weather patterns, storm, water conditions, warming trends, and depth at which you can get some fishes.

Same as other factors, the moon and the weather conditions have a greater impact on the fishing outcome. It is observed that when the frontal system passes via some area where you are planning to go fishing, it causes some changes to the barometric pressure with either falls or rises.

Fishes are capable enough to detect this change via their lateral lines, and they will feed accordingly. Other than this, depending upon the active phase of the moon, fish will also be more active or inactive.

For instance, fishing can be better when the moon is in a new phase as compared to the waning crescent position. In short, we can say that moon has a greater impact on deciding the best time for fishing.

During warm and sunny days, fishes prefer to move towards deeper and cooler waters; hence, many experts advise choosing cloudy days for fishing when clouds cover the sunlight and fishes can stay above.

Fish habits also keep on changing depending upon the time of the day. During the later afternoon and early morning, lower light levels and cooler temperatures allow fishes to swim for meals. However, fishing goes slow after a cold front and storm. Below you will find some details about the best time to fish in different seasons.

Summer fishing:

In the summer season, sun rays keep on heating water near lake surfaces; hence a warm layer gets developed over cooler one. Although fishes prefer cooler water; at the same time, they need higher oxygen levels which are present in the warm water. Hence, they prefer to live in the area between these two levels; probably at a depth of 2 to 12ft.

In this season, early morning and late afternoon fishing can be the best idea; however, as they get plenty of food so you may find it little difficult to get a hungry fish in the lake or pond. Fishing can be very poor in the late morning or early afternoon because fishes move down to cooler water. The best advice for summer season fishing is to choose a time between afternoon and early evening when fishes rise up.

Fall fishing:

When the fall season arrives, the cool air makes surface water cooler, and it becomes as heavy as the cooler water on the bottom. Moreover, the stronger autumn winds keep on moving the surface water while mixing it with deeper water. The continues mixing make lake water uniform in terms of oxygen levels and temperature; hence, the fishes can be seen moving around freely.

There are least chances of bating in the early morning as the sun is too low to get penetrated into the colder water. Fishing is pure in warmer and shallow water during the late morning to noon hours. In the afternoon and early evening, the surface water gets warmer due to direct sun rays. Fishing can be more fruitful in these hours as fishes are preparing for the winter by gaining more weight. You are more likely to find bigger fish at this time.

Spring fishing:

As soon as the ice is out, the surface water starts warming on the lakes. Some spring turnover exchange happens in the lake or pond water at the surface and bottom level. Warmer water moves to the bottom of the lake from the top and cooler water comes up. Fishes usually prefer to stay in shallow areas where water can warm up faster.

For the spring season, early morning fishing can be a bad choice since water is cold and it doesn’t heat up due to low sunlight. The sun rays start penetrating water to warm it up in the late morning and early afternoon. Wind also starts pushing some warmer water with food; hence, you should fish the downwind shoreline. In the early evening, the water starts heating up, and fishes get eager to eat more as their digestion and metabolism gets cranked.

Winter fishing:

Water temperature serves as a critical element for catching and relocating fishes. You might be aware of the fact that fishes are cold-blooded creatures; their metabolic rate slows down during colder months, and they start eating less. In the winter season, fishes stay in the warmer water; hence, they deeper into canals, pockets and dredge holes.

They also slow down presentation to crawling. The warmer water in the winter can offer you the best experience for catching fishes. However, deeper water can be the best choice during early mornings.

The fish feeding behaviour also gets triggered with the current from wind and tide. They prefer to live in a lower position where the current has a lesser impact. For later afternoon fishing, you will find more fishes in the dark bottom areas.

The information above shows that weather conditions play an essential role in fishing. Usually, heavy rains make bad time for fishing as it changes the flow of water, creating tough situations for the fishes to maintain a position.

You should always check the weather forecasts before you plan fishing. Also, it is important to choose the right equipment and baits to attract fishes. If you are going fishing in a new area, you can ask the locals around to know the best time for fishing. Other than this, many fishing calendar apps are also available online that can help you get enough information about fish activity in different seasons and time of the day.

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