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just wondering if anyone else follow the moon phases when targeting steelhead/salmon ?

I sure do..and find the steelhead way more agressive on the full and new moon

I notice them but I don't plan steelhead trips around them.I can't say if I believe they make fish more aggressive , but I do think higher numbers of fish will enter a system on a new or full moon.( big tide)

I'll take a dropping river after a good rain over a prime moon phase any day.Years ago,I asked a guy at a tackle shop if he paid attention to the lunar charts.His answer..."I don't wanna know when the fishing is gonna be poor"

On lakes, I notice the fishing is better the days prior to a full moon rather than on it.

I've been experimenting with the local Solunar chart when salmon fishing this year and found it pretty accurate: not only in predicting the best days, but also the best times of day.

You can find tide information for locations throughout BC at the following site:

It suggests the best fishing times based on tide and sun and lunar positions. Apparently today between 7-8 am was a very good time!

Unfortunately I do not fish enough to be able to make a cause and effect comparison with tides and success.

Great thread and I would be interested in opinions.

PS just checked for tomorrow and it indicates very high activity all day tomorrow. Damn I think I'm coming down with a head cold and need to spend a day in the fresh air, on a river tomorrow to recuperate. What do all you internet doctors say?

I've always wondered about the moon phases myself. but everyone seems to have differing opinions. best on a full moon, terrible on a full moon. but I know the solunar charts are deadly accurate. for about three or four years I logged all info every time I caught a fish, this was primarily trolling on a large lake. I'd write down the date, time, lure, weather, everything. then I'd reference it with the solunar little book, and it would be spot on usually, almost always falling into their peak hour.

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