Fishing QuestionsCategory: Catch Fishing FAQHow to choose the best fishing times?
JamesBiLL asked 2 years ago
What’s the best time of day for fishing?

9 Answers
Sergio Smirnoff Staff answered 2 years ago
First, you have to answer the question – what kind of fishing do you want to use? For example, if you are going to fish with wobblers, it is better to do it at sunset and sunrise.
Choosing the right time of day is one of the fundamental conditions for successful fishing. Depending on the time of day, the intensity of biting can change dramatically. Fish are cold-blooded creatures, their activity depends directly on the water temperature in the reservoir.
At low temperatures, their activity decreases markedly, and in hot weather, they try to go deeper into the cool water. The specific feeding schedule of fish depends on a variety of circumstances. The main factors that have a significant impact on the biting are

  • Time of day;
  • Atmospheric pressure;
  • Current weather conditions;
  • Water and air temperature;
  • Season;
  • Phases of the moon;
  • Quality and type of gear;
  • Water level and clarity;
  • Baits used;
  • The tides in the ocean and much more.

Alex – ProFisherman Staff answered 2 years ago
At what time and in what weather is it better to fish? Find out what time of day is good for fishing and how to consider the weather conditions.
If it’s hot outside for a few days, the fish in the reservoirs become sluggish and lazy. Similarly, in winter, the colder it is outside, the more sluggish the fish. This is due to the fact that fish are cold-blooded creatures, they cannot maintain their body temperature at a constant level. Because of this water temperature affects the functioning of their body, and accordingly their behavior.
At high and low temperatures, the amount of oxygen in the water decreases, which also affects the activity behavior of fish. Therefore, avoid going fishing in extreme temperatures.
If you go, it remains to actively look for places where the fish stay, otherwise you will leave without a catch. Sitting and feeding in one place in such conditions, makes no sense. If you are fishing with a spinning rod, then use slow wires. In winter fishing, use slow play more.
Early Morning Fishing
Fish prefer the early morning and evening sun, they do not like the bright afternoon sun. The morning sun warms the shoals, creating comfortable water temperatures for feeding fish.
Sometimes the active bite is late morning when the water in shallow water is already warm, but at depths is still cold. This is relevant in early spring in shallow water where the dark bottom, dark areas absorb heat faster than light sandy bottoms.
Therefore, when fishing in the morning, fish closer to shore, and do not cast your tackle in deep water. It makes sense to fish with floating surface baits.
Fishing in the late morning, until about noon
At noon, the water temperature rises, and near the shore, it becomes too warm for most fish, because the heating of the water reduces the amount of oxygen, so, at this time, the fish starts to go closer to the middle of the reservoir or sink to depth.
In these conditions, it is worth using sinking baits that work on the bottom of the reservoir.
Fishing in the afternoon and before sunset
On spring days, warm water in the reservoir makes the fish active. On hot sunny days, the fish will be at the bottom of the reservoir, where the water has a cooler temperature and more oxygen.
Therefore it makes sense to fish from the bottom of the reservoir, and in the deepest places, baits, respectively, should be selected under these conditions. In spring, you can fish for anything, the fish during this period is great to bite.
Do not cast in places that are illuminated by the bright sun, there are no fish there.

Carlos answered 2 years ago
To return home from a fishing trip with an enviable catch, it is important to determine the best time to catch your fish. Even in a good place and with a full set of the necessary equipment you can be left without a catch at all if you come at the wrong time. So it is advisable to find out in advance when the fish bites most actively.
The best times of day to catch fish? What time and what weather is better to fish:
Varying weather conditions
How the wind affects the fishing
The presence of wind can help the fisherman in determining where the fish are. The wind pushes water and food floating on the surface toward the opposite shore.
Therefore, fish stand toward the wind, catching insects and other food floating downstream from the surface. So on windy days, it makes sense to use the help of the wind and throw your bait in the direction where the wind blows.
Sudden weather changes
Watch the atmospheric pressure and weather forecast. Fish sense changes in weather and pressure.
For many fish, the feeding period starts and continues for several hours just before the arrival of the cold weather front. It slows down during colder weather and sudden changes in temperature.
Fishing after the arrival of a cold front is always bad and remains bad for two, or three days, then it is thinly stabilized, but in the cold, the fish still move little, so you have to look for it.
The arrival of a warm front, causes the temperature to rise, and the fish begin to actively feed.
This is relevant in winter when a change in temperature in the direction of warming, even a couple of degrees can cause the fish to start actively feeding. During such periods, fish stay in the warmer part of the body of water, so take a thermometer with you.
Cloudy days
Cloudy days always have a good bite, as there is no bright light, which fish don’t like. If the sky is overcast, the fish actively move around the body of water in search of food, since they don’t need to hide from the sun. On an overcast and cloudy days, the fish do not stand in one place in the body of water but actively move around.
Light rain
During light summer rains, the fishing and fishing process is usually good. Rain helps to camouflage the angler, as it distorts the surface of the water and the fish do not see the angler. Given this property, it is possible to catch successfully from the boat. The rain also washes insects and other food from the shore into the water, so the fish are actively feeding during this period. It might be worth trying to fish near the shore.
Heavy rain
In heavy rain it is difficult and the fisherman and fish, the water is turbid, the fish does not see the bait, and the fisherman is constantly flooded with water, in general at this time catching fish is a useless activity.

Alex – ProFisherman Staff answered 2 years ago
The best solution is to ask your local fishermen. A lot of information is passed from father to son, etc. Therefore, advice and knowledge from locals can often provide a lot of useful information.
Not only will most of them be sure to share their most successful fishing moments, but you will also often find at least one local who knows where to get the information you are looking for, broken down by season and specific fish species.
Don’t hesitate to ask politely when you see fishermen with catches. Or go to your local fishing store for rods, baits, and fishing supplies and strike up a friendly conversation. It will definitely work.

Martin Staff answered 2 years ago
When do fish bite better? Keep an eye on the tides.
As we mentioned earlier, it is important to consider tide times when planning the best time to fish. Moving water tends to pick up nutrients, which in turn disperse the bait. For fish, this is a time of feasting.
Contrary to popular belief, fish are most active not when the tides reach their highest or lowest point, but when they change. This is where learning how to read a tide chart comes in handy. Practice shows that the greater the tide change, the more active the fish are.
The question is, how do you know when it will happen? We’ll give you a hint: the moon.
Tides are mainly caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and the sun, but it is the moon that affects them the most. That’s why the biggest changes in tides coincide with the full moon and new moon. So, always have a tide and moon phase calendar handy!

Bernard answered 2 years ago
You can use a fishing calendar to more accurately determine the best time to fish. Here’s my favorite –
These tools use data about your exact location, such as weather conditions, as well as other factors such as tides and moon phases, combined with feeding behavior, to determine when it’s best to catch the species you want to catch.
With the many fishing calendar apps available, these handy resources allow you to anticipate increases in fish activity so you can plan your outing in advance or even determine the best place to fish.

Alex – ProFisherman Staff answered 2 years ago
Best time to go fishing? Generally speaking, the best times of day to fish are the short light hours from sunrise to 2 hours after sunrise and from 2 hours before sunset to sunset. During these windows, light decreases, the prey becomes more active, and water temperature decreases, allowing fish to hunt more freely for food. Nighttime can also be very good for certain fish species such as carp, catfish and walleye.

David answered 2 years ago
In most cases, morning and evening are really the best times to fish, especially in the summer. During these hours, factors such as light intensity, fish activity, and water temperature play an important role. It can be hard to get up at 4 am get dressed, have a quick breakfast, and then drive to the water while it’s still pitch dark. But let me tell you this: your chances of catching fish at this time of day can be phenomenal.

Alex – ProFisherman Staff answered 2 years ago
There is a lot of advice and a lot of criteria. You have to try it yourself. I’ve had fishing trips when there was not a single fisherman on the shore. I’ve been lucky. The catches were decent, and sometimes the best. Predatory fish are not predictable at all. Can bite from early morning to late evening. Try it!