Do Phases Of The Moon Affect Fishing Conditions?


Is there a right time to fish? Our expert angler shares tips on how picking the right fishing weather conditions and Moon phases can set you up for success every time you cast your line.

Most hunters or anglers wouldn’t dream of heading out to hunt or fish without the right equipment, yet many don’t realize the importance of learning how animals react to the environment around them. Knowledge of this interaction can lead to more trophies on the wall, more food in the frying pan, and more fond memories.

Two Lunar Phases Jessie Eastland, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons
Two Lunar Phases Jessie Eastland, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Millions of people have access to a fishable body of water, and the means to catch fish are affordable on almost any budget. Whether it’s fishing with nightcrawlers at the local pond or fly fishing the blue ribbon rivers of the West, fishing at the right time can prove to be the difference between tight and slacklines.

Moon Phases And Fishing

The phases of the Moon can affect fish activity greatly. Like deer, fish are most active during the few days before and after a full and new Moon. These times can be especially productive if the Moonrise or Moonset coincides with the sunrise or sunset (see the Farmers’ Almanac Calendar pages for exact times of Moonrise/set).

Saltwater fish are especially affected by the phase of the Moon, which creates extra high and low tides. Higher tides can draw fish into new hunting grounds, especially if they have triggered the spawning of prey fish that may be easily tracked down. On the other hand, lower tides may concentrate fish in spots where they might not be during normal water levels.

Of course, the best way to make these cues work for you is to keep a fishing journal.