It’s officially spring and many people start to turn their attention to rainbow trout fishing at this time of year. When they think of rainbow trout, they are more than likely thinking about baits, lures, where to fish when they can get off of work, where the trout are being stocked, etc. But the one subject that a majority of trout fishermen overlook is the moon.
Whether or not you realize it, the moon plays quite a role in whether or not the rainbows that you are fishing for are going to be active or not. And can you guess what happens when the rainbow trout that you are fishing for are active? Yep, they are much more likely to be feeding, and this is a good thing to anyone trying to entice said trout into biting whatever bait or lure in on the end of his or her fishing line.
In this quick article I will outline some simple things that you should be aware of in regards to the moon and fishing, so that you can make sure that you are on the water attempting to catch rainbow trout at the most opportune times. The first and easiest thing for you to pay attention to is the phase of the moon. As you are probably aware, the moon goes through four phases each month. But, what you may not realize is that fish more more or less active, depending on which phase the moon is in. As a trout fisherman you need to be aware of this fact and use this simple information to your advantage.
Although there are four phases of the moon you need only concern yourself with two of them in my opinion. The full and the new moon phases are the most important when it comes to fishing. When it comes to the full moon, fish will normally be more active at dawn, dusk, and at night. During the new moon phase, rainbows will generally just be more active than they would otherwise be, no matter what time of the day or night that you are fishing. This is why I always do my best to be on the water as much as possible each month when the moon is in it’s new phase.
Next we have something called the moon rise, and this too is something that needs to be paid attention to in regards to rainbow trout fishing. You see, the moon rises and sets every day just like the sun does, but this celestial phenomenon doesn’t necessarily coincide with the sun rising and setting as you would tend to assume. As a matter of fact the moon can rise or set in the middle of the day. In any case, paying attention to when the moon is rising or setting and doing your best to be on the water fishing for rainbows when this is happening is a great idea.
To find out when the moon is rising and setting on a particular day of the week, simple type the phrase ‘moon rise’ into you favorite search engine and you will receive all the free information that you need. Rainbow trout tend to be much more active when the moon is rising or setting, so do your best to use this information to your advantage as well.
If you want to use the moon to really help you catch more trout, do your best to plan a trout fishing trip or two this year when the moon is in the new moon phase and when the moon is rising or setting on a particular day. If you do this, I promise you will will have a successful day of fishing for rainbow trout almost no matter what technique or trout bait you choose to use.