Fishing 101: Best Time to Go Fishing

The best time to go fishing can vary quite a bit, especially depending on if you’re saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing. Before we dig into the details, however, we can make one blanket statement: fish just about everywhere are almost always active at sunrise and sunset. These periods of changing light levels trigger feeding behavior in all kinds of predatory fish.

Best Time for Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater fishing will be affected by countless variables, but the major ones are:


The weather impacts saltwater fishing in many ways. Wind is a major factor since it can drive bait up onto a shoreline, create lots of ambient noise water-noise (which helps you remain stealthy), or make some areas churned up and muddy. Cloud cover is another factor, which we’ll cover more in the section on light levels. Weather’s effect on water temperature is an important consideration as well, since it will affect the places and depths the fish are most comfortable at.