As a person who has been fishing for freshwater trout (mainly rainbow trout) for approximately a quarter of a century, I know from experience just how addictive “trout fishing” can be for some people, which includes myself. I am, for lack of a better phrase, “addicted” to fishing for trout and will go trout fishing virtually any chance that I get. At this time of the year (which is the winter where I live) I am always trying to learn how to catch more trout, in anticipation of warmer, more tollerable weather, when I get many more opportunities to head out trout fishing.
Well, I figured I share a quick tip that I have found is often underutilized by trout fishermen and will help virtually anyone catch more trout. The tip has to do with the moon believe it or not, and is pretty simple to implement and use to your advantage when fishing for trout. There are two facts relating to the moon that you want to be aware of when it comes to fishing; the phase that the moon is in and when the moon is rising or setting on the particular day that you are going to be trout fishing.
Let’s start with the phase of the moon. Any calendar or weather report will show you the phase that the moon is in for a particular day of the week. As fishermen, the phase that we want to be most aware of is the new moon phase. The three to four day period that surrounds the new moon phase will almost always be more productive than most other days during the month, with the best trout fishing being on the day that the new moon is occurring.
Next we have the rising and setting of the moon. Everyone is obviously aware of the fact that the sun rises and sets every day, but what many people (especially anglers) overlook is the fact that the moon does the same thing. This makes sense when you think about it, but what’s interesting is that the rising and setting of the moon doesn’t necessarily coincide with the rising and setting of the sun as you may or may not imagine. As a matter of fact the moon can rise or set in the middle of the day!
While moon rise and set information used to be a difficult thing to determine, nowadays it’s amazingly simple. Simply do an internet search for the term ‘moon rise’ and you will find all of the free information that you need. You will be able to determine at exactly what time the moon is rising and setting on a particular day and then you can plan your trout fishing trip accordingly. The closer you are the time of the day that the moon is either rising or setting, the more success you will experience when you are fishing.
As simple as it may seem, now you know how to catch more trout simply by paying attention to and using the aforementioned information to your advantage. Start using the moon to help you determine when the best time to go trout fishing is and you will catch more trout, it’s as simple as that.