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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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January 2015 Moon Chart
Sundays Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
       
1
8:22p-10:22p
8:52a-10:52a
2
9:14p-11:14p
9:44a-11:44a
3
10:05p-12:05a
10:35a-12:35p
4
10:56p-12:56a
11:26a-1:26p
5
11:00p-1:00a
11:30a-1:30p
6
11:44p-1:44a
12:14p-2:14p
7
12:31a-2:31a
1:01p-3:01p
8
1:15a-3:15a
1:45p-3:45p
9
1:59a-3:59a
2:29p-4:29p
10
2:41a-4:41a
3:11p-5:11p
11
3:23a-5:23a
3:53p-5:53p
12
4:06a-6:06a
4:36p-6:36p
13
4:50a-6:50a
5:20p-7:20p
14
5:36a-7:36a
6:06p-8:06p
15
6:25a-8:25a
6:55p-8:55p
16
7:17a-9:17a
7:47p-9:47p
17
8:12a-10:12a
8:42p-10:42p
18
9:10a-11:10a
9:40p-11:40p
19
10:09a-12:09p
10:39p-12:39a
20
11:09a-1:09p
11:39p-1:39a
21
12:07p-2:07p
12:37a-2:37a
22
1:04p-3:04p
1:34a-3:34a
23
1:59p-3:59p
2:29a-4:29a
24
2:52p-4:52p
3:22a-5:22a
25
3:45p-5:45p
4:15a-6:15a
26
4:36p-6:36p
5:06a-7:06a
27
5:28p-7:28p
5:58a-7:58a
28
6:19p-8:19p
6:49a-8:49a
29
7:11p-9:11p
7:41a-9:41a
30
8:01p-10:01p
8:31a-10:31a
31
8:51p-10:51p
9:21a-11:21a

February 2015 Moon Chart
Sundays Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
9:40p-11:40p
10:10a-12:10p
2
10:27p-12:27a
10:57a-12:57p
3
11:00p-1:00a
11:30a-1:30p
4
11:12p-1:12a
11:42a-1:42p
5
11:56p-1:56a
12:26p-2:26p
6
12:39a-2:39a
1:09p-3:09p
7
1:21a-3:21a
1:51p-3:51p
8
2:03a-4:03a
2:33p-4:33p
9
2:46a-4:46a
3:16p-5:16p
10
3:31a-5:31a
4:01p-6:01p
11
4:17a-6:17a
4:47p-6:47p
12
5:06a-7:06a
5:36p-7:36p
13
5:58a-7:58a
6:28p-8:28p
14
6:53a-8:53a
7:23p-9:23p
15
7:50a-9:50a
8:20p-10:20p
16
8:48a-10:48a
9:18p-11:18p
17
9:47a-11:47a
10:17p-12:17a
18
10:46a-12:46p
11:16p-1:16a
19
11:43a-1:43p
12:13a-2:13a
20
12:39p-2:39p
1:09a-3:09a
21
1:34p-3:34p
2:04a-4:04a
22
2:28p-4:28p
2:58a-4:58a
23
3:21p-5:21p
3:51a-5:51a
24
4:14p-6:14p
4:44a-6:44a
25
5:07p-7:07p
5:37a-7:37a
26
5:58p-7:58p
6:28a-8:28a
27
6:49p-8:49p
7:19a-9:19a
28
7:37p-9:37p
8:07a-10:07a

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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