The Freshwater Fishing Forecast for the second half of the second week of March gives anglers the end of the full moon phase and the least productive fishing days of the month. However, the weather forecast predicts a steady east wind ‘under ten mph’ for the next six to seven days.
If you go fishing today hoping to find some fish feeding actively due to the powerful full moon which occurred Monday, be prepared to follow the fish toward deeper water. Atmospheric pressure has been declining rapidly since yesterday midday and will continue to decline another 0.20 In Hg over the next twenty-four hours.
I expect fish to adjust to the pressure decline over the next thirty hours and move into shoreline areas again late Thursday night and into Friday morning. Ideal fishing conditions are forecasted for Thursday evening through Friday.
But starting Friday the moon will enter the part of its orbit where it has the least, or lowest effect on fish and wildlife during its twenty-eight day monthly orbit. The moon will be at its lowest positive-effect point Tuesday. Therefore a 2-3 rating will be the high mark for Friday which will continue for one week—a weak new moon phase starts March 21.
Best Fishing Days: Today is the last day of the full moon week. The moon shined brightly last night so expect fish to feed during the underfoot period which occurs at 3:33 p.m. Barometric pressure has been rapidly dropping and will continue to do so for the next 24 hours. So expect fish to be moving deeper to open water and out away from shoreline feeding areas.
When fish adjust to pressure changes downward, they opportunistically feed, especially when water temperatures are fast rising and there’s an even mix of clouds and sun and wind speeds are ideal…which will happen today.
Friday could also be a better-than-average fishing day since pressure will be rising 0.15 In Hg from late Thursday night through the midday on Friday. Friday morning’s moonset period at 10:34 a.m. could be very productive.
The Major Fishing Period: Today the moon is underfoot at 3:33 p.m. and solar noon at 1:34 p.m. which will create a feed rating of 4-5 from 12 — 4 p.m. Daily this period moves later by an hour and decreases in rating to a 3-rating by Friday.
A peak period could occur from 1:30 — 4 p.m. depending on the timing of the rate of barometric decline in the early afternoon. Fish have been very active in the late morning hours just prior to the underfoot period, however the significant drop in atmospheric pressure over the previous 24 hours and the projected drop over the next 24 hours will change the lunar timing factor.
The Minor Fishing Period: The moonset occurs today at 9:13 a.m. and the sunrise at 7:39 a.m. which will create a feed rating of 3 from 7-9:30 a.m. Daily this period moves later by 40 minutes and remains in the 3-range for feed rating.
Prime Monthly Periods: March 6-12 strong full moon, 21-27 new moon, April 4-10 super full moon, 20-26 new moon, May 4-10 strong full moon, 19-25 new moon.
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Istokpoga.info News: The lake level is at 39.35 feet above sea level today. Currently, the South Florida Water Mgmt. District’s (SFWMD) annual schedule for the lake is, 39.50’ for the high-level mark and 38.25’ for the low-level mark.
S68 Spillway Status: (Tuesday 4 a.m.) One gate is open 1.6 feet and flowing 310 cubic feet per second. Florida’s water management district’s objective is to store as much water as possible throughout central Florida during the winter and spring seasons—April and May the lake is gradually lowered 1.5 feet in preparation for the rainy season which starts June 1. .
Visit Istokpoga.info 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.
Fishing from Shorelines: Learn where fish feed along shorelines by consulting a lake contour map. There are forty-five Highlands County lake maps published online at FloridaLakesMaps.com. Each map is edited to include boat ramp locations and have been enlarged for easy reading. You’ll discover that the majority of the lakes’ public boat ramps and docks are located within the better shoreline fishing areas.
HighlandsBassAngler.com offers bass fishing guide-trip options, 72 lake-contour maps and additional map sources, and fishing philosophy and plenty of bass photos of customers and readers of this article. Personalized custom fishing package options for beginners to professional anglers are available upon request.
Dave Douglass is a bass fishing guide and is an experienced instructor on twenty-five lakes, from the towns Kissimmee to Clewiston. Offers general bass fishing charters and specializes in tournament type bass fishing strategies on Istokpoga, Kissimmee Chain of lakes, Okeechobee, and several smaller lakes throughout Highlands and Polk counties. Visit HighlandsBassAngler.com for complete details. Phone: 863-381-8474. Email: DavidPDouglass@hotmail.com