Fishing during a full moon?

Does the full moon light have an influence on how fish bite when fishing? Some claim it is pointless to fish during a full moon, but others are adamant that their catches are particularly good during a full moon and can barely be surpassed.

It can be assumed that it is more the moonlight, which could bear an effect, rather than the astronomical event full moon itself (which can also take place during the day, as we have already outlined). Hence, it should hardly make a difference whether one goes fishing in the night before/after or during a full moon itself, because the amount of light is roughly the same and is more influenced by clouds and weather rather than by the exact constellation of planets.

The moonlight could have two different effects: on the one hand, nocturnal fish, like for example the eel, might be deterred from light, because they could be spotted much easier and therefore run into danger to be eaten by other predatory fish. On the other hand, diurnal fish might »think« it is daytime during a full moon and begin to behave more actively. There are such fish species that bite also at night, like for instance the pikeperch, carp or the occasional pike as well. However, whether this behaviour is enhanced by the moonlight, remains unclear.

But what does the angler has to say? Surveys show that opinions differ, whereby the majority of those questioned say that the fish bites worse during a full moon. This could stem from the above described deterring effect of the moonlight for nocturnal fish. The other large second group of anglers say that they don’t notice a difference between full moon and other lunar phases. Only a few anglers actually report good catches. That such a catch is obviously something spectacular during a full moon and remains in the memory, could explain the sensational character of these announcements.

By the way, in many regions in Germany, fishing at night is actually not permitted or restricted to specific species. This is mostly justified with the protection of water, nature and local residents. How this works in other countries, we have not been able to find out yet and are interested to know more about it. All readers can leave a comment underneath this article.

Whether fishing or not, whether during the day or during the night, whether full moon or new moon … we’ll wish you »tight lines«!

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  • Saltwater fishing on the bottom really doesn’t matter about a full moon as for the migratory fish as in striped bass or Tuna, days leading up to the full moon are best, and for the 7 days after a full moon ( especially a super full moon ) stay home.

  • Migratory fish, As in stripers or Tuna bite best days before the full moon after the full moon stay home for a week and set out again.

  • Only thing I ever caught on a full moon was a buthole on my forehead

  • I’ve done good and bad during full moons. As far as I can tell the fish may feed at night during a full moon and be full and not want to take
    bait during the day (saltwater). I’ve also caught tuna with bellies full of squid that still took my sardine.

  • Im surprised this article had nothing to say about water levels and how their affected by the alignment of the moon, sun, and rotation of the earth. Low tide at moonrise high tide at midnight. Had Great fishing during the day of a full moon.

  • Here, in Mauritius, I have noticed fish bite worse during full moon.

    • All I could catch during full moon are eels.

    • Praveen where did you fish? Inshore or offshore?

      • I fish mostly inshore.. I have had this experience at several fishing spots during full moon.

  • I went boat fishing last year as a last ditch attempt at blues and stripers before the winter. Full moon and action was amazing. Better than any other trip that year.

  • Had my best night ever on full moon, 250/300 lbs, but it was cloudy with no sign of the moon…I’ve been fishing the river many times catching fish and when the light from the moon hits the water, it’s like flipping a switch, NO MORE BITES. My experience with catfish and crappie on the full moon is, it’s better to stay home unless you go just to drink beer.

  • Fished recently when it was a full moon, No luck. Not even the eels were out.

  • Never had any luck during a fullmoon and when me and my buddy’s go we always catch fish and when we only catch one or two next morning we notice the fullmoon…

  • only thing im catching is aids

  • I fished on the Santee Lakes, during the full moon. I caught a 33# blue, a 27# flathead, and a 22# blue. That was my first trip during the full moon. Making plans to go back next year during a new moon phase and see if things are better!!!

  • The best time to fishing is 3 days before are after the full moon an that’s finals I always catch a lots an that day

  • I fished last night during the full moon on the Rhine in Nijmegan. Holland from 6 to 2 in the morning and bagged a load of Bream. The full moon was actually a help by providing a little light on the subject. I will be going again next week, with no moon.

  • If conditions are good you’ll do better during a full moon. Fishing in the spring time during a full moon “rising” is best .

  • bottom line no matter full moon or not you have to be fishing to catch fish. Go fishing and good luck I work with a guy he says you have to go when you can work and living life have fun that is what it is all about see you on the water.

  • I’ve been reading online about good fishing times and found contradicting information. I even used some application on my phone which was very informative. But the bottom line, it always depends on many factors: temperature of water, wind, water level, solunar factors, and time of the year. After 3 trips to different lakes, I was able to fish only two tiny sunfish.

  • I’ll let you know after tomorrow

  • I want to Clarksburg California on the last 2 full moons And didn’t do worth a damn either time

  • I fished during the full moon and caught a 3 fish. I Went back about 4 or 5 days after the full moon and caught a bucket full or good size fish. It’s best to fish a few days after and before full moon.

  • Just caught a 34 pound stripper on a full moon!!!! And got a full moon at home waiting for me

    • A 34 pound stripper? Are you sure she was of age? Or maybe she was an amputee? (I think you meant you caught a “striper”.)

      • Good one, dude.. Hahahaha

  • to me, fish can see better like heavy fishing line and the glow of your hook. fish are getting smarter now a days. try laying net on a full moon and see what u catch with no moon

    • Well said dog54. I fish on eht east coast of North Carolina. Mainly for Spoeckled Trout (spotted sea trout) I have a hard time catching them when i see the moon in the sky.. I always wait for the moon to be on the downside.. 3 days before or after a full or new moon.

  • I live in Texas, and I have always heard that fishing during the full moon is the best time to fish. But you know what, it sucks. It’s 4 a.m. Aug. 2, 2012 and it was the brightest full moon. I caught 2 fish. I’m almost ashamed to tell my wife we ain’t having catfish for supper, I gotta tell the kin folk were having hamburgers. If my buddies say lets go fishing during the full moon again, I’m gonna get in the truck and haul ass to the house and wait for this mess passes.

    • Oh boy, so this was definitely not a good full moon night for you. That certainly does suck … hamburgers instead of catfish! Well, we hope your next fishing trip, regardless of where the moon will be at the time, is going to be very successful!

    • You want the moon full but on the downside of the earth..

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