The Moon and Big Fish


Looks like for the first time during the past two years or so, the moon will be cooperating at the end of August into the beginning of September for some some fine pike and muskie fishing.

August Moon Phases

September Moon Phases

If anyone ever laughed at the notion of the moon ever having anything to do with the quality of fishing one will have the following day…well the polite thing would be to say, they just haven’t fished enough :)-

If the moon is full on a clear night, it will wreck the next day of fishing for a lakes predator species.  They will be up all night hunting for a meal, versus their normal daytime routine of looking for a meal.  Perch, bluegill, and crappie (and even small walleye) will be trying to hide in any type of structure they can.

When this is the case, anglers must adjust their fishing times to match up with the big fishes mealtime schedule.  Its ok to fish for panfish during the day, they will be hungry, but if pike and muskie are what you are after, its a different story!  Be on the water an hour or two before dark, mark some good spots where you have seen fish, or even where you think they might be, and get ready to fish for a couple of hours at least past the setting sun!

Topwater baits are fun during this time, fish will react quickly to noise on the surface.  Sub-surface baits are also a good choice for fishing in the twilight, anything that will provide a silhouette against the moon’s light.  Also, the erratic action will provide vibration for the fish to hone in on.


 Copyright, 2011

About Mason

Born off the Detroit River, raised in Ida and on Lake Erie. Anything fishing holds my interest from Walleye, Pike and Muskie to a 10 year run on the Ice Fishing Circuits around the MidWest.
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2 Responses to The Moon and Big Fish

  1. Adam says:

    Nice post! Do these ideas hold true for spring moon phased on pike in Northern Michigan? I’m heading up there this coming week during a full moon to go fishing at the cottage.

  2. Mason says:

    the reason I wrote the post was because of fishing pike n muskie in the Upper Peninsula, so yes, they definitely hold true for fishing northerns. The only difference I might see Adam is that this is spring time, and you might have more cloudy nights than other times during the year, two cloudy nights in a row, and the fish should be back into a daytime feeding mode.

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