Whether you are an amateur angler or a professional deep sea fisherman, knowing what time to fish is a critical skill of successful fishing. Following are some useful tips that will help you figure out what is the best time of day to test your luck and see if the fish are biting.
1. Evaluate the amount of sunlight. On hot sunny days, fish move to cooler, deeper waters to stay comfortable. Cloudy days improve fishing since the clouds diffuse sunlight.
2. Study daily warming trends. Morning sun warms the shallows, creating more comfortable water temperatures for fish to feed. Late morning is best when the sun has had more of a chance to warm the shallows.
3. Learn at which depth fish are found. Fishing is more successful near the surface only in early morning and late afternoon when cooler temperatures and lower light levels allow fish to cruise the shallows for meals.
4. Monitor storm and weather patterns. Warm fronts cause surface water temperatures to increase and often put fish into a feeding mode on or near the warm surface. Fishing slows during and after a storm or cold front.
5. Check daily tide information in the newspaper or local fishing shop when saltwater fishing. The best fishing is almost always on a rising or falling tide since they cause bait to move and provoke active feeding among coastal fish.
Tips: Fishing during a light summer or spring rain is often successful. The shower helps hide anglers from the fish since the rain breaks up the view that the fish has through the water surface. Rain also washes insects and bait into the water, creating a feeding binge for fish.
Warnings: Leave the water immediately if there is lightning or any possibility of lightning.
Heavy rains and high water levels can create rapids, waves and dangerous fishing conditions.