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The Best Time To Fish

By Trevor Kugler

So, when is the best time to fish?

My answer to that question has always been, "whenever I can".

This is true, many of us want to fish whenever we can, but the truth is that some times are better than others.

Think about it.

As anglers it makes sense that there are certain times when fish are more active than others, right?

And what happens when fish are more active?

They tend to bite more.

So the best time to fish is when the fish are the most active.

In other words, we as anglers want to maximize our time by being on the water fishing when the fish are the most active. This only makes sense, right?

I mean, we only get so much time to spend on the water because of jobs, family, and other activities so maximizing the time we do get only makes sense. So, how in the heck do we figure out when the fish are the most active, so that we can be on the water at these times?

The easiest way I know of is paying attention to the weather and moon. Let's start with the moon. You probably realize that the moon goes through different phases throughout the month.

Well, did you know that certain phases are much better for fishing than others?

For example, in the two or three days surrounding a new moon, fish are much more active, and therefore tend to bite much more readily.

How about the weather?

Did you know that certain fronts are considered "fish catching" fronts?

So, being on the water after one of these fronts passes through your fishing area is a very good idea. For your information these "fish catching" fronts are known as warm fronts. So, when a warm front passes through your fishing area, you want to be on the water. Especially if one of the good moon phases coincides with the warm front!

The bottom line is that figuring out the best time to fish really isn't that difficult, especially if you pay attention to the weather and moon. Paying attention to these two forces of Mother Nature, and using that information to your advantage will result in you being much more successful as an angler.

There's no need to purchase weird devices that "call" fish to the area that you're fishing, just be on the water when the fish are the most active and you'll do just fine.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country.....Montana!

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