The Freshwater Fishing Forecast for the second half of the second week of October gives anglers the end of the new moon week today and Thursday and the effects of hurricane Michael today through Thursday.

So all fishing factors considered, high southerly winds will dominate the last two days of the new moon week. Friday will be the first day of regular seasonal weather patterns again, however the lunar influence will be very weak and feeding activity will be random, and without a pattern. But bright sunshine will cause fish to feed when oxygen rates are highest in the middle to late afternoon.

Best Fishing Days: Considering the weather washout of the last two days of this new moon phase--today and tomorrow—Friday through the weekend from 4-8 p.m. will be most productive.

Major Fishing Period: Today the moon is overhead at 2:39 p.m. and solar noon at 1:12 p.m. and will create a feed intensity rating of 4-5 today due to the storm, otherwise it would be in the 7-8 range from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Daily this period moves 50 minutes later. Friday through the weekend the 4-9 p.m. hours will be best.

Minor Fishing Period: Today the moon-rise occurs at 8:45 a.m. and will create a feed intensity rating of 2-3 from 7-9:30 a.m. Daily this period moves later by one hour.

Prime Monthly Periods: October 10-12 new moon, 21-26 full moon, November 4-9 new moon, 20-25 full moon, December 4-9 new moon, 19-24 full moon.

Highlands Bass Angler Bass Guide-Trips: A 4-6 hour charter for $225.00 for one or two anglers, all gear, artificial bait and tackle included. Cold water and weather protection provided. Custom bass fishing charter package options available. Call 863-381-8474 to plan and book your bass fishing experience today. News: The lake level is at 39.10 feet above sea level, which is the maximum level in the seasonal management schedule today—4-5 inches below the annual high level of 39.50”. The minimum level currently is 38.75’. Today, one of four S68 spillway gates are open 2 feet and flowing 375 cubic feet per second to remain on schedule.

This seasonal ‘rain-buffer schedule’ is necessary because the lake fills six times faster than water is able to be released during major rain events.

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