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When is the best day to fish?

Farmers' Almanac's Fishing Calendar is based on the phase of the moon, the zodiac sign the moon is in, and experience. Local conditions, tides, and weather may affect your fishing experience.

The Farmers’ Almanac’s Fishing Calendar is available here for 1 month and if you sign up for a FREE account with us, we'll give you 2 months!

CALENDAR KEY

Fishing Condition
This is the overall rating for the whole day, based upon our formula:

Best
Good
Fair
Poor

Best Time
This column lists the best time of the day when, according to our formula, fish will be biting: MORNING; EVENING.

April 2019

Apr
25
 
FAIR Evening
Apr
26
 
GOOD Morning
Apr
27
 
GOOD Morning
Apr
28
 
BEST Morning
Apr
29
 
BEST Morning
Apr
30
 
BEST Morning

May 2019

May
01
 
POOR Morning
May
02
 
POOR Morning
May
03
 
POOR Morning
May
04
 
POOR Evening
May
05
 
POOR Evening
May
06
 
POOR Evening
May
07
 
POOR Evening
May
08
 
BEST Evening
May
09
 
BEST Evening
May
10
 
POOR Evening
May
11
 
POOR Morning
May
12
 
FAIR Morning
May
13
 
FAIR Morning
May
14
 
POOR Morning
May
15
 
FAIR Morning
May
16
 
BEST Morning
May
17
 
BEST Morning
May
18
 
FAIR Evening
May
19
 
FAIR Evening
May
20
 
FAIR Evening
May
21
 
GOOD Evening
May
22
 
FAIR Evening
May
23
 
GOOD Evening
May
24
 
GOOD Evening

What do our ratings mean?

POOR day basically means the fish will either steal all your bait or will not even touch your line.

FAIR day means that you may catch one or two fish but you will have to work hard to do so.

GOOD day means that you will catch enough fish to feel gratified.

BEST day means that you will catch something almost every time you cast your line in the water.

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Places to Fish (Map)

Ensure you have a successful day on the water! Use the Places to Fish & Boat Map (powered by Fishbrain) to see photos of catches made and bait used by anglers near you. You can also filter by species to see what's being caught in real time. Be sure to check out other great features like: gear & equipment, bait shops, license vendors, boat ramps, marinas, charters, fly fishing shops, and fish refuges/hatcheries.

Get a Fishing License Online

The Take Me Fishing™ Fishing License widget was created to help make it easy for anglers to get out for a successful day on the water. This handy tool provides easy access to the online fishing license registration website for every U.S. state. Users can either click the desired state on the map or select it from the drop-down menu to be taken directly to the state site. The widget also allows for easy toggling between the license and registration links!

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