When is the Best Time to Go Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater fishing is a great relaxing hobby or sport and in order to be good at it and consistently catch fish you need to follow a wide range of parameters to familiarize yourself with, like the habitat and baits of the target species and of course, an important rule is when to go. When is the best time to go freshwater fishing?

The best time to go freshwater fishing is typically either early morning/late evening when food is abundant & fish naturally feed. Within an hour of sunrise & an hour after sunset are times when fish are likely to bite the most. Fishing for some species is better at night & other species better in the day.

It’s possible to catch fish in any season. However, there are definitely some times of the day, month, and year that will prove to be more successful than others depending on when you choose to go fishing.

When is the Best Time to Go Freshwater Fishing


Time of Day

the best time to go fishing is typically either early morning or late evening when food is abundant and fish naturally feed. Within an hour of sunrise and an hour after sunset are the times when fish are likely to bite the most. fishing for some species of fish is much better at night than during the day

Fish are cold-blooded, so their activity depends on the temperature of the water around them. Fish are inactive when it is cold, and when it is very hot they retreat to deeper waters to stay cool.

Because fish eat bugs, they are most active when bugs are most active on the surface of the water. The early morning sun can make the air warm and thick with mosquitos, and other natural insects that are native to the body of water. Fishing will be good.

look for good fishing spots, decide which tackle to use, check the weather, wind, and even tides, and make an educated guess about the best time to go fishing on a given day.



When is the Worst Time to Go Fishing?

  • If it’s too hot fish don’t eat or move.
  • If it’s too cold fish don’t eat or move.
  • Rising pressure shuts fish off
  • During a rainstorm, most fish hunker down
  • The worst time of the day to go fishing is usually around midday & in the early morning hours (1 am. – 5 am.)
  • Mid-summer in shallow water …………………………………………………………………………………………read more



Like all animals, fish come out in greater numbers during certain times of the year. This will vary based on where you live and what sort of fish you want to catch, but there are some general guides to keep in mind.

  • Spring – Fish bite on and off during this Spring season. You will have better luck later in the season, and later in the day, when things get warmer. Fish can’t do much eating on spring mornings, because the bugs aren’t out much yet, so your best bet is to take advantage of their feeding time at dusk. At this time of year winds will push the warmer, food-filled surface water toward the shore, so try to position yourself downwind along the shoreline.
  • Summer – This is a good season for fishing if you avoid the hottest times of the day. The fish will be biting well just before sunup and just after sundown, when food is abundant. Mid-day, when the sun is at its zenith, the fish will retreat to cooler, deeper water.
  • Fall – This can be a hit-or-miss time but when the fishing is good, it is really good. Most fish will likely not bite much in the morning and early afternoon. Toward the end of the day, however, the water will be warm from hours of sunlight, and the fish will be eager to eat more than usual because they know that winter is coming. Dusk is an excellent time for fishing in the Fall.
  • Winter – For obvious reasons, not the best time for fishing. Unless you are ice fishing, which is a different thing entirely, you should leave your fishing rod dome during this season and get it ready for Spring.


When is the Best Time to Go Fishing?

The best time to go fishing is either early morning or late evening when all fish are active
Within an hour of sunrise
Within an hour after sunset
Between a new Moon and a Full Moon
Two to four hours just before a front arrives ……………………………….read more



It is best to fish when the tide is rising or falling, even when freshwater fishing inland, far from the ocean, as this change causes prey to move and thus makes a great time for coastal fish to feed. Fishing will be much harder during low or high tides when there is less water movement.

To find out what time high and low tides are in your area, just Google “tide chart” and your zip code or the name of the town you’re in.


When is the Best time to Go Saltwater Fishing?

The best time to go saltwater fishing is typically:

  • At dawn or dusk
  • When the wind is favorable
  • When the weather is favorable
  • When tidal movements are favorable
  • Especially when the barometric pressure is dropping
  • Before a front moves in
  • When there is some cloud cover
  • After Referencing a Solunar Calander …………………………………………….. Read more


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