The best times to fish are when the fish are naturally most active. The Sun, Moon, tides, and weather all influence fish activity. For example, fish tend to feed more at sunrise and sunset, and also during a full moon.
Different seasons will also produce the best at different times. So in this article, I will cover when the best time to fishing depending on the season and the weather.
During spring the temperature is colder, so the best time to fish isn’t in the morning it is in the afternoon after the sun has had time for warm up the water. Also, you don’t want the sun to be to bring, or the fish won’t bite, so its really a call you have to make yourself.
The best time to fish in the fall is mid-morning or afternoon. Both of these are good times because it gives time for the water to warm up before you start fishing. Fall is also a good time to fish because it is when the fish are eating more to gain for the winter so they will eat just about anything.
In the summer the weather change so much so the best time to fish in the early morning/ late afternoon when the temperature is cooler and the sun isn’t bright. The rest of the day is not ideal because it is too hot.
Light rain is good for fishing, as the rain helps you hide from the fish. It also washes bait and other insects into the water. Fish feed a lot more in such conditions.
On the other hand, very heavy rain is not good for fishing. This is because fish will find it increasingly difficult to see the bait. The water’s current can affect them, too, making them move very slowly.
On hot, sunny days, fish move to deeper-and-cooler water to avoid the hot temperature. You can use deep fishing lures or bait if you notice this.
Early morning and late afternoon are great periods, too, as the fish will move to the shallows to feed. In general, fish prefer the evening and early morning sun and avoid the hot midday sun.
Wind can be a fisherman’s friend or foe. On windy days, fish tend to concentrate on wind-blown points and banks but during spring will often chase baits in the shallows in protected coves.
Along those wind-blown banks, the transition between where the water is cloudy and clear is often a good place to try.
Cold- and warm-water fish species have different temperature preferences and tolerances. For example, lake trout, a cold-water species, can tolerate (survive) temperatures up to 70 to 73 °F but has a core preferred temperature range of 46-59 °F.
Smallmouth bass, a warm-water species, can tolerate temperatures up to 86 °F and prefer temperatures above 68 °F. Other warm-water species such as largemouth bass, bluegill, and pumpkinseed can tolerate temperatures up to 97 °F.
Cloudy days are pleasant for fishing. The heavy clouds prevent light from penetrating the water. The fish will feed more actively during this period than on bright days.
The fish won’t aggregate at one spot during cloudy days; instead, they will spread all over the water.