5 ways to determine the best fishing days
Do you have some flexibility in your schedule? Want to find out when your best chance is to land a boastful catch? Good news! There are few ways to determine the best fishing days for the months to come. Read these tips to help you choose the best days to fish, from changing tides to spending time on the water with friends and family.
Tide for fishing
When trying to determine the best days for saltwater fishing, be sure to read a tide map to find out when the tide is rising or falling where you plan to fish. Baitfish and other wild fish prey are more active when the tide rises or falls. This means that wild fish eat more heavily during these periods.
Solunar tables can be used to determine the best days of the month and times of the day to fish. The gravitational pull of the moon affects tidal movement, while sunrise and sunset times can help anglers predict when the fish will bite. Many anglers believe that fish are most active around a full moon or a new moon and that activity is lowest around a quarter moon or three-quarter moon.
The weather, and especially the air pressure, can have a major impact on fishing activity. The behavior of the fish can change significantly before and after cold or warm fronts. In front of a front, fish often increase feeding activity due to periods of lower air pressure. Because fish are sensitive to changes in pressure, they increase feeding activity just before a front moves in – this is an opportunity for some of the best fishing days. Also, don’t forget that weather reports can change frequently. So always check the weather before making any fishing plans. Always change your fishing plans to another day and stay indoors if the weather forecast calls for storms or other unsafe fishing conditions.
You should also use the seasons to determine the best days to fish. Spring is often viewed as the prime time for many Florida anglers to target largemouth bass in Florida, just as an example. Summer can also be a great time of year for fishing, but avoid the hottest periods of the day. Focus on fishing in the morning and evening light during the summer months when the water temperatures are not quite as high. When summer turns into fall, this is another great time of year to go fishing, provided the weather is consistent.
If you’re ice fishing for panfish or walleye in the northern states, the coldest winter months are the safest and most productive. Focus your ice fishing efforts at dusk or at dawn when aiming pikeperch through the ice, as these have light sensitive eyes and are most active during these periods. However, if Panfish is what you are looking for, species such as Crappie will often train and feed heavily in low light periods. In winter, pay special attention to the edges of weed beds, weed lines and dots.
friends and family
Sometimes the best days of fishing are simply the days when you can get friends and family together for an experience on the water. Fishing is often about so much more than just catching. Take all of that into account, but don’t forget that time spent relaxing in the fresh air in good company is often the best fishing memories.
Now that you know more about how to identify the best fishing days of the month, don’t forget to buy your fishing license online so you are prepared for the right conditions. Tight lines!
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide in southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has been featured in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @ shefishes2.