The Freshwater Fishing Forecast for the second half of the second week of January gives anglers the lowest rated fishing days of the month. Today the moon arrives at its furthest orbit point from earth (apogee) and the new moon phase period ends. Plus, another high pressure cold front arrives tonight, slowing feeding activity even more.

All fishing factors considered; today there should be pre-front feeding in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon hours of the day. Thursday through Saturday morning feeding activity will be at the lowest rating of the month. Saturday’s sunset period I predict will produce normal feeding activity and Sunday looks to be fairly good for sunrise and sunset fishing.

Best Fishing Days: Today and Saturday night through Sunday will be the better fishing days for the remainder of this week.

Major Fishing Period: Since the moon effect is at its weakest level, the solar events become the dominate trigger for feeding activity. Solar noon occurs at 12:34 p.m. and falls in between the moon-rise at 9:46 a.m. and the overhead period at 3:24 p.m. Therefore I expect fish to feed very lightly during 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the shallows, bulking up before the arrival of the cold front. A rating of 2-3 is possible.

I believe fish will continue to feed during the solar noon period over the next four days---moon becomes a dominate factor starting next week, causing feeding activity to trigger on the lunar events again.

Minor Fishing Period: Today the moon overhead period occurs at 3:24 p.m. and the sunset at 5:48 p.m. and even though I believe feeding will take place closer to solar noon, the fish might not have gotten my memo so….there’s a very good chance that fish might feed from 3-6 p.m. at a rating of 1-2.

If you intend to fish in the early morning, you’ll need to know your lake very well to have a chance at hooking any fish. The new moon phase always causes a midnight and midday feeding pattern so it will take the first-quarter moon phase to change this pattern—occurs Tuesday.

Prime Monthly Periods: January 17-23 super full moon, February 2-6 new moon, 17-21 super full moon.

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