The Freshwater Fishing Forecast for the second half of the first week of Decembers gives anglers the new moon phase which occurs on Friday and the arrival of another slow-moving major cold front which is currently still arriving but started yesterday.

All fishing factors considered; anglers will have slow fishing due to the cold front both today and Thursday. Fish will adjust fairly quickly since they are already “normalized” in this seasonal weather pattern of water temperatures dramatically dropping and climbing every three to four days---from the bottom of the ideal temperature range to the middle of the range, 70-82 degrees.

Best Fishing Days: Normally today and Thursday would be considered as producing the ‘new moon phase accelerated feeding activity’ however, due to the cold front not bottoming-out in temperature until tonight and Thursday morning I know this will not occur---the pre-front feeding frenzy occurred Tuesday morning.

So Friday will be…perhaps the first day of better-than-average fishing since the new moon effect will cause some fish to feed even at the colder temperatures--fish having become normalized since this front is the third one to occur consistently timing-wise.

So…the best days of the next five days will be Saturday and Sunday, which will have the new moon effect and ideal water temperatures for fish to feed well above average feed rates.

Major Fishing Period: Today the moon is overhead at 11:01 a.m. and solar noon at 12:16 p.m. which will produce a feed intensity rating of 1-2 when normally a 3-4 rating would occur with the new moon effect ‘without’ the cold front. If fish do feed today it will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

By Friday and the weekend, there will be two periods daily with great ‘new moon action’— 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. both with a rating of 4-6.

Minor Fishing Period: Today and through the next four days the moon-rise period along with the sunrise will produce poorly due to the cold temps. The moon-rise today occurs at 5:18 a.m. and daily it occurs later by an hour.

Friday the moon-rise and sunrise occur at the same time and will be fairly good rating wise at 2-3. By Sunday morning a better 4-rating could occur from 7-9:30 a.m.

Prime Monthly Periods: December 5-9 new moon, 19-24 full moon, January 3-8 new moon, 19-23 super full moon, February 2-6 new moon, 17-21 super full moon.

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