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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

August 2015 Moon Chart
Sundays Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
           
1
11:38p-1:38a
12:08p-2:08p
2
12:34a-2:34a
1:04p-3:04p
3
1:29a-3:29a
1:59p-3:59p
4
2:23a-4:23a
2:53p-4:53p
5
3:16a-5:16a
3:46p-5:46p
6
4:09a-6:09a
4:39p-6:39p
7
5:02a-7:02a
5:32p-7:32p
8
5:56a-7:56a
6:26p-8:26p
9
6:49a-8:49a
7:19p-9:19p
10
7:41a-9:41a
8:11p-10:11p
11
8:33a-10:33a
9:03p-11:03p
12
9:23a-11:23a
9:53p-11:53p
13
10:10a-12:10p
10:40p-12:40a
14
10:57a-12:57p
11:27p-1:27a
15
11:41a-1:41p
12:11a-2:11a
16
12:24p-2:24p
12:54a-2:54a
17
1:06p-3:06p
1:36a-3:36a
18
1:49p-3:49p
2:19a-4:19a
19
2:31p-4:31p
3:01a-5:01a
20
3:15p-5:15p
3:45a-5:45a
21
4:01p-6:01p
4:31a-6:31a
22
4:49p-6:49p
5:19a-7:19a
23
5:39p-7:39p
6:09a-8:09a
24
6:32p-8:32p
7:02a-9:02a
25
7:27p-9:27p
7:57a-9:57a
26
8:24p-10:24p
8:54a-10:54a
27
9:21p-11:21p
9:51a-11:51a
28
10:18p-12:18a
10:48a-12:48p
29
11:00p-1:00a
11:30a-1:30p
30
11:15p-1:15a
11:45a-1:45p
31
12:11a-2:11a
12:41p-2:41p
         

September 2015 Moon Chart
Sundays Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
   
1
1:06a-3:06a
1:36p-3:36p
2
2:01a-4:01a
2:31p-4:31p
3
2:56a-4:56a
3:26p-5:26p
4
3:51a-5:51a
4:21p-6:21p
5
4:45a-6:45a
5:15p-7:15p
6
5:38a-7:38a
6:08p-8:08p
7
6:30a-8:30a
7:00p-9:00p
8
7:20a-9:20a
7:50p-9:50p
9
8:08a-10:08a
8:38p-10:38p
10
8:54a-10:54a
9:24p-11:24p
11
9:39a-11:39a
10:09p-12:09a
12
10:22a-12:22p
10:52p-12:52a
13
11:05a-1:05p
11:35p-1:35a
14
11:47a-1:47p
12:17a-2:17a
15
12:29p-2:29p
12:59a-2:59a
16
1:13p-3:13p
1:43a-3:43a
17
1:57p-3:57p
2:27a-4:27a
18
2:44p-4:44p
3:14a-5:14a
19
3:32p-5:32p
4:02a-6:02a
20
4:23p-6:23p
4:53a-6:53a
21
5:15p-7:15p
5:45a-7:45a
22
6:09p-8:09p
6:39a-8:39a
23
7:05p-9:05p
7:35a-9:35a
24
8:00p-10:00p
8:30a-10:30a
25
8:56p-10:56p
9:26a-11:26a
26
9:52p-11:52p
10:22a-12:22p
27
10:49p-12:49a
11:19a-1:19p
28
11:00p-1:00a
11:30a-1:30p
29
11:45p-1:45a
12:15p-2:15p
30
12:42a-2:42a
1:12p-3:12p
     

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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