What Is the Best Time of Day to Fish?

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When it comes to fishing, there is never a one-size-fits-all approach. That is why, when it comes to the best time of day to fish, you need to consider not only where you are, but the kind of fish you're going after. Ultimately, these facts will dictate the best time of day to fish more than anything else.

Morning vs. Afternoon vs. Night

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When it comes to the best time of day to fish, the morning vs. afternoon vs. night debate will hinge on the water temperature and the amount of light. There will be some fish that are more active during specific times of the day based on the water temperature. This is also true for the current time of year. So while you might fish in the morning of a summer day, you may fish in the afternoon of a spring day based on temperature. It all comes down to the kind of fish and location over anything else.

General Fishing Time of Day

Sometimes you may not know what exactly you're fishing for. While it is always best to do your research on the given location ahead of time (this will also help you decide what bate works best) you can make generalized assessments based on the time of year for when you should go fishing.

During the summer months, for example, it's best to go fishing early in the morning or late in the evening. The water temperature cools down significantly during these times. Often, the early morning is best as it allows for an entire night to cool down the water temperature, but late evening can also work.

If you're fishing during the fall or spring months, you'll usually want to go around dusk. Before you head out for fishing, check out the laws of the area. If you're on state, local, or federal grounds there may be time restraints for when you can be present on a certain area of land.

How to Determine the Best Time of Day to Fish?

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In order to determine the best time of day to fish you need to do some research ahead of time. Don't just show up to a water source and cast out a line. Look up what kind of fish is present in the water. Without this information, you'll be fishing with one arm tied behind your back as you won't know the time of day or the kind of bait to use.

Fishing for Bass

Fishing for Trout

Fishing for Steelhead

Fishing for Walleye

Fishing for Perch

Fishing for Crappie

Fishing for Bluegill

Other Tips and Considerations

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It is always important to keep in mind the tides if you are fishing near a beach. Fish will move in larger numbers during tidal shifts, so this can give you a greater opportunity to catch fish. If you are fishing near the beach, look this information up ahead of time and you'll be rewarded with an optimal fishing time.

Winter Fishing

Night Fishing


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When it comes down to the best time of day to fish, it ultimately will always depend on the kind of fish you're going after. Each kind of fish is a little different and likes different water conditions. So while you can take the general information on the time of day based on season and even when the tide changes, the more important information to consider is the kind of fish. This will specifically indicate the time of day and from there, you can make the necessary adjustments.

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