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Peak Fishing Times & Lunar Phases

The darker the shading indicates the best fishing or hunting potential based on the phase of the moon. This chart can be used in any time zone in the Northern Hemisphere. This calendar is updated on the first day of every month.

What is the difference between this moon chart and Lake-Link's Fishing Forecasts?
Lake-Link's daily fishing forecasts can be found on any lake in our Lake-Finder section or many of the bodies of water found in our Fishing Reports section.

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CURRENT MOON
: New Moon      : Full Moon

June 2015 Moon Chart
Sundays Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
 
1
10:28p-12:28a
10:58a-12:58p
2
11:00p-1:00a
11:30a-1:30p
3
11:21p-1:21a
11:51a-1:51p
4
12:16a-2:16a
12:46p-2:46p
5
1:12a-3:12a
1:42p-3:42p
6
2:07a-4:07a
2:37p-4:37p
7
3:01a-5:01a
3:31p-5:31p
8
3:55a-5:55a
4:25p-6:25p
9
4:47a-6:47a
5:17p-7:17p
10
5:39a-7:39a
6:09p-8:09p
11
6:30a-8:30a
7:00p-9:00p
12
7:23a-9:23a
7:53p-9:53p
13
8:16a-10:16a
8:46p-10:46p
14
9:11a-11:11a
9:41p-11:41p
15
10:06a-12:06p
10:36p-12:36a
16
11:00a-1:00p
11:30p-1:30a
17
11:54a-1:54p
12:24a-2:24a
18
12:45p-2:45p
1:15a-3:15a
19
1:34p-3:34p
2:04a-4:04a
20
2:21p-4:21p
2:51a-4:51a
21
3:06p-5:06p
3:36a-5:36a
22
3:49p-5:49p
4:19a-6:19a
23
4:31p-6:31p
5:01a-7:01a
24
5:13p-7:13p
5:43a-7:43a
25
5:56p-7:56p
6:26a-8:26a
26
6:41p-8:41p
7:11a-9:11a
27
7:28p-9:28p
7:58a-9:58a
28
8:18p-10:18p
8:48a-10:48a
29
9:10p-11:10p
9:40a-11:40a
30
10:05p-12:05a
10:35a-12:35p
       

July 2015 Moon Chart
Sundays Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
     
1
11:00p-1:00a
11:30a-1:30p
2
11:01p-1:01a
11:31a-1:31p
3
11:58p-1:58a
12:28p-2:28p
4
12:55a-2:55a
1:25p-3:25p
5
1:50a-3:50a
2:20p-4:20p
6
2:43a-4:43a
3:13p-5:13p
7
3:36a-5:36a
4:06p-6:06p
8
4:28a-6:28a
4:58p-6:58p
9
5:20a-7:20a
5:50p-7:50p
10
6:12a-8:12a
6:42p-8:42p
11
7:05a-9:05a
7:35p-9:35p
12
7:59a-9:59a
8:29p-10:29p
13
8:53a-10:53a
9:23p-11:23p
14
9:46a-11:46a
10:16p-12:16a
15
10:37a-12:37p
11:07p-1:07a
16
11:27a-1:27p
11:57p-1:57a
17
12:15p-2:15p
12:45a-2:45a
18
1:00p-3:00p
1:30a-3:30a
19
1:44p-3:44p
2:14a-4:14a
20
2:27p-4:27p
2:57a-4:57a
21
3:09p-5:09p
3:39a-5:39a
22
3:52p-5:52p
4:22a-6:22a
23
4:35p-6:35p
5:05a-7:05a
24
5:20p-7:20p
5:50a-7:50a
25
6:08p-8:08p
6:38a-8:38a
26
6:58p-8:58p
7:28a-9:28a
27
7:51p-9:51p
8:21a-10:21a
28
8:46p-10:46p
9:16a-11:16a
29
9:43p-11:43p
10:13a-12:13p
30
10:41p-12:41a
11:11a-1:11p
31
11:00p-1:00a
11:30a-1:30p
 

What is the difference between this moon chart and Lake-Link's Fishing Forecasts?

The moon charts above are based upon a single factor: the moon's transit times. The chart will give you a very "general" recommendation but it does not take into effect other solunar data. This is why you may see some difference in our detailed Fishing Forecasts and the moon charts above.

Lake-Link's Fishing Forecasts are based on solar and lunar influences that cycle during each day. The chart shows each hour of the day graphically. The hours with the higher rating have a greater combination of solar and lunar influence and thus indicate the best times to fish.

Lake-Link's Fishing Forecasts are more accurate because they are the only charts that consider diurnal inequality to determining the best time to fish. Declination and diurnal inequality occur each month during the 28-day lunar cycle.

Declination is the advancing and declining of the moon each month to its highest and lowest point in the sky. The highest or the maximum lunar declination is often called “high moon”. The moon's orbit does not follow the earth’s equator. In fact its orbit is tilted in two different planes causing it to advance to a latitude of 28.5° above the equator and then in about two weeks it will retreat to a latitude 28.5° below it. This advancing and retreating between these two points is what is called lunar declination. When the moon is at its maximum declination, its influence is greater in North America than at other times.


Diurnal inequality is when the changing lunar declination causes other lunar effects to be either more or less intense. The best example is with tides. The moon’s transit or “overhead” position is the primary influences for one daily high tide, and the “underfoot” position influences the other high tide. Sometimes the “overhead” tide is larger than the “underfoot” tide, and sometimes it is the other way around. The only time that they are the same is when the moon is at the equator or at 0° declination . This diurnal inequality of the moon’s cycle affects wildlife in a similar way that it does the tides. Only Weather and Wildlife’s algorithms and charts factor-in changing lunar declination to more accurately determine ratings.

The other lunar event that affects the intensity of the feeding activity periods is the distance that the moon is from the earth. The point at which the moon is nearest the earth and exerts its greatest influence is called “perigee” and the point it is furthest away is “apogee”. The information, algorithms, charts and ratings in Lake-Link's Fishing Forecasts is based on the exact latitude and longitude of your location.

Weather is a critical factor that will independently affect fishing activity.

Fishing Forecast data obtained from Weather & Wildlife

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