Moon can be a friend when finding when time is right to catch a few fish

January 26, 2013

Any angler knows that you are not going to catch fish all the time. Even the professionals who have them figured out occasionally get skunked.

Many folks will jump around trying different holes and patterns when the fish are not biting, which can be effective. It is possible to find active fish in another location in the water body you are fishing, and if they are not biting at the time it is probably a good time to go scouting.

If, however, you know there are fish in a general location, you may consider waiting them out or returning to that spot at a later time.

After traveling the lake, make sure you try your best spots around the majors and/or minors associated with the moon phases. Nothing is guaranteed, but these windows of opportunities may pay off.

However, there are other times of the day that may be good regardless. For instance, I usually do not like to miss the morning bite if there is going to be one. There may also be a feed around dusk as well.

If there is no dominating weather event occurring the day you’re out on the water the moon majors and minors might be right on the money.

It is good to know when these times are. It may help you establish a pattern, or you may plan your day around it.

Charts of the moon phases are available from many sources. They even make watches that will keep you in tune with the moon phases and peak feeding times.

If you don’t have one of these charts or watches, or you didn’t check before you went out, it is relatively simple to remember when the approximate best times are. The major or peak feeding time is when the moon is directly overhead and the minor is when the moon is underneath on the other side of the planet.

During a full moon, the major is around midnight, and the secondary peak or minor is around noon. During a new moon the opposite is true. The peak is at noon and the secondary peak around midnight.

A quarter moon that is overhead during the morning will have the major in the morning and the minor will be around dusk. A quarter moon overhead near dusk indicates a peak feeding time around dusk, and a secondary peak in the morning.

This should help you approximate the feeding times according to the moon without any charts. These majors and minor move about an hour each day as the moon gets larger or smaller.

There are also other factors that are used to predict best feeding times. For example, if the moon is overhead the same time as sunrise, then that peak may be better than others.

With sand bass or hybrid striper fishing, many times you need to wait during the winter season for the sun to come up, which may have nothing to do with the moon phases. This can also be a good rule with black bass fishing.

In many cases during the winter, the afternoon bite will be better than the morning bite due to the heating of the day. The full-blooded striper on the other hand is more at home in the colder water.

Finding active sand bass most anytime of the year may be where you find the bigger stripers and hybrid stripers looking for an easy meal. This happens quite often. It can also be smaller stripers/hybrids feeding and the bigger ones will not be far behind.

Some of the bait fish may be near rocks near the surface during the winter. The rocks may heat up the water locally and if the bait fish are there, the predators are usually close.

Catching stripers in the rocky shallows in winter can be a good pattern. Many anglers focus on this pattern on Lake Texoma in the feeder creeks.


Granbury water temperatures are in the middle to upper 40s. The afternoon sand bass bite has been better due to the cold days we had.

Black bass continue to be fair to good on soft plastics fished near deeper docks and flats.

Squaw Creek Reservoir is still attracting a large number of bass anglers looking for that warmer power plant water.

Fish are good on soft plastics fished near structure.

Benbrook, Lewisville and Bridgeport hybrid striped bass are fair to good on heavy jigs fished in 30 to 40 feet of water. Sand bass are staging for their spawning runs.

Crappie are good to excellent on Benbrook and Bridgeport fished near deep structure.

Possum Kingdom stripers and sand bass continue to be good to excellent on slabs and soft plastics fished in 35 to 45 feet of water near points and bends.

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