The fishing forecast for the first week of April gives anglers a near-perfect weather forecast, an approaching last-quarter moon phase and a lunar orbit that is at perigee today, meaning the moon’s effect on fish is at its highest level, being closest to earth. The full moon is still attracting fish to feed heavier at night, especially with the clear nighttime skies, so the daytime feeding migrations will be less than normal feed-rating wise.
The major feeding migration of the day occurs 2-5 a.m. and will have a peak period that is weak in duration but with an intensity that should put the rating’s number near six and perhaps seven for the first 45 minutes. As the week progresses this feeding migration will move later into the day by 50 minutes and diminish slightly.
The minor feeding migration of the day occurs 3-8 p.m. and should reach a five to six on the ratings scale and have a duration of 30 minutes with a weak intensity level as fish still prefer the light of the full moon in the near-perfect water temperatures in the lower 60s for a nighttime low.
Looking ahead to the midweek, southerly winds will prevail over the next three days to produce a significant chance of rain and overcast conditions from Wednesday through Friday as the last-quarter lunar phase arrives. The sunset dinner feeding bite will be the most productive time of day to go fishing, but the time of day with the most sunlight peeking through the clouds will end up being the best time to catch fish.
Atmospheric pressure will be in decline all weak, albeit a slow fall, so fish will not be moving quickly to adjust but rather migrating slightly over a two day period, lower within the water column by a few feet. The outside edges of shorelines should be very active today and by midweek, open water or deep shorelines, will be more productive.
Next weekend is forecast to have sunny skies and no rainfall and a rapid rising barometer, which means excellent fishing conditions for the approaching new moon. Nothing spells fishing success better than high atmospheric pressure, water temperatures in the middle to upper 60s and mild northerly winds.
Lake Okeechobee’s level is at 13.88 feet above sea level.