The Freshwater Fishing Forecast for the second half of the first week of November gives anglers the second half of the new moon phase, (new moon occurs today) and a fall weather forecast which is ideal except for the lack of wind speeds over the next three days.

All fishing factors considered, the new moon effect-level will be of medium strength since it occurs in the middle of the fourteen-day period between the lunar orbit perigee and apogee. And one of the mid-level characteristics is a weak wind speed usually below five miles per hour (mph), which is exactly what the forecast predicts until the weekend when an ideal wind of eight to ten mph occurs.

Best Fishing Days: Today through Friday the new moon will cause fish to form larger than normal numbers of feeding fish for slightly longer duration when they do feed.

Major Fishing Period: Today the moon is overhead at 12:18 p.m. and solar noon at 12:09 p.m. which will cause a feed intensity rating of 6-7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This period moves later daily by 45 minutes.

Minor Fishing Periods: Today there are two minor periods. The moon rise occurs at 6:30 a.m. with the sunrise at 6:40 a.m. and the moonset occurs at 6:01 p.m. after the sunset at 5:38 p.m. causing fish to produce a feed intensity rating of 4-5 during the hours of 5-7 in the morning and evening.

Prime Monthly Periods: November 7-9 new moon, 20-25 full moon, December 4-9 new moon, 19-24 full moon.

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Visit website and click on the links to the South Florida Water Mgmt. (SFWMD) real time S68 and S68X spillway gates status webpage. You’ll find water level and flow status data of all water-way structures from Kissimmee to Clewiston. Also provided is a link to the Army Corps of Engineers’ graphical plot, annual water-management schedule website link.

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