Fish aren't biting. The water is cold and doesn't heat up because the sun is low and the rays bounce off the water. But don't go home yet, because winter is over and fish are hungry and spawning. Best to wait until a week or so after thaw, as spring turnover takes time for the water temperature to even out to 39.2 degrees.
Spring/Late Morning-Early Afternoon
Fish are biting off and on. The water begins to warm up because rays begin to penetrate the water. Remember to fish the downwind shoreline, as the winds will push the warmer surface water along with surface food into that area.
Fish are eating a lot because their metabolism and digestion are cranked. Water is warm because the sun is directly overhead.
Summer/Early Morning-Late Afternoon
Fishing is excellent from before sunup to just before mid-morning. At this time of year there is abundant food and cover for fish, so finding hungry fish can be a challenge.
Summer/Late Morning-Early Afternoon
Fishing is poor for most of the day. Fish move to deep water to cool off.
Fishing is excellent from early sundown until dark as the waters cool and fish rise up from the depths.
Fish aren't biting much from sunup to early morning. The water is cool because the sun is too low to penetrate the water.
Fish are biting off and on in warmer, shallow water. The water is generally cool due to the season.
Fishing is excellent. Sun is directly overhead for several hours and the water gets more comfortable near the surface. This makes for seasonally good fishing because fish are putting on weight for the winter. Look for bait schools where bigger fish are more likely to be.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
When to fish.
Posted by fish finder at 9:39 AM
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