Many fishermen will say that the moon phase has some kind of effect on freshwater fish but not scientifically proven. Only a few fishermen will be able to give concrete proof of any major effect that the moon has on abundance of fish.
The gravity pulls in the same direction during the new moon that has both the sun and moon. Ocean tides are higher during new and full moon period.
During new and full moon periods, Folks have observed that the biggest fish catch is done during the full moon. They attested that they have gathered a lot of fish during full moon.
Therefore, if the moon really affects catching of fish during moon phases, why does the moon has no the same effect on our freshwater fish? Results of surveys revealed that a lot of fishermen, including some local guides and tournament pros, swear the moon does not affect the quantity of fish you catch.
So, did you catch that volume of fish because of the new or full moon, or you just put the bait in the right place at the right time? All fishermen will agree that the best time to fish is at sunrise and sunset. Of course the light of the moon helps in fishing because at least it’s not dark on the sea when you go fishing.
To verify this, next time that you are at the lake during new and full moons, maybe you can try some larger bait. You can throw bigger bait on the same pattern that works for smaller fish.
A combination of the best fishing rod, skill, the kind of bait used with a new or full moon can turn a day of fishing into an incredible day of fishing. The effect of a new or full moon on freshwater fishing is when the other important factors are not prime that can make the peak times very important to watch out for.
The moon may be that key element that will get them moving if you are in the middle of weather patterns and fishing conditions aren’t the best. You have to be more aggressive for the short period of time during the day. You have to know when those times are, otherwise, it’s impossible to take advantage of them.
On the next new and full moons, try some fishing just for fun. One thing sure, the worst thing can happen that you were not able to catch a single fish.