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Great fishing next 10 days

The Florida freshwater fishing forecast for the first week of August starts out with the first-quarter moon today with the moon’s orbit halfway between the apogee and perigee, which occurs Sunday along with the full moon — Super Moon.

The next 10 days happens to be one of the two best fishing periods this month has to offer. With the super full moon occurring seven days from today a very good early morning feeding migration will form. Since the moon is waxing toward full and at the same time waxing toward the closest orbit-point to earth, a greater number of fish will be joining the daily feeding migration each day this week.

The second of the two best fishing periods is from Aug. 17–27, when the new moon occurs a day after the lunar orbit apogee — Aug. 24-25 respectively. So plan your fishing trips during the first or third weeks of this month with a focus on the full and new moons occurring during the second and fourth weekends respectively.

The major feeding migration of the day occurs this week while the moon is in the ‘underfoot’ position — overhead position in China. Today this occurs at 6:48 a.m. while the sun rises at 6:50 a.m. And this celestial interaction will create stronger-than-normal feeding activity an hour before and an hour after, for the next two days.

By midweek the duration of the feeding period will increase as the ‘lunar underfoot position time’ advances later in the morning hours by one hour per day. Wednesday morning’s prime fishing time will be from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. for instance

The moon is in the overhead position at 7:12 p.m. today. Daily this moves later by 51 minutes. If you don’t mind the heat and thunderstorm activity, fishing at this time of day could pay off better than the early morning period, it “all depends on the weather over your lake”. Today the fish will start to bite at 6 p.m. and peak around 7-8 p.m. and end when darkness sets in.

The early morning period will produce a 6 rating today and increase by a half number daily over the next seven days. The late evening period might reach a 6 rating as well and will also increase by a half number daily.

The minor fishing migration of the day occurs during the lunar ‘moonrise’ period at 1:28 p.m. today. Daily this lunar activity moves later by 51 minutes.

From the time the sun is in the overhead position to the time the moon is one hour past the ‘rise’ position in the eastern sky, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. fish will be active in the feeding grounds. Anglers can expect this feeding period to diminish throughout the week.

During the months of August and September in Florida, fishing starts to improve for anglers as lake levels are managed to allow a slow six-week rise in lake levels - between 6-12 inch increases in the maximum high-pool marks, depending on the lake. This annual management plan will increase the acreage of submerged shoreline vegetation on most lakes and this means better fishing in those areas.

The deeper the shoreline vegetation becomes over the next two months, the more the increase of dissolved oxygen rates will be---more plant acreage and greater increasing depths, aids in oxygen production within the water column.

For these two reasons anglers can expect bass and pan fish, and all game fish to feed at even greater rates than last month. And since this month produces a full moon in orbit perigee on the same day while lakes are rising slightly, expect the lake’s food-chains to become exceptionally active—an eight-week feeding frenzy in the making.

For the month of August I am offering a half-day bass fishing trip for one to three people that include bait, tackle, and gas for $225. Launch time is at 6 a.m. and the trip ends at noon. Or I can fish from your boat and guide you to my fishing holes for $125 per day. Book your trip on my boat or yours today.

Lake Istokpoga’s level is at 38.28 feet above sea level with three S68 spillway gates open at 0.80 feet and one gate open at 1.0 feet totaling a flow of 1000 cubic feet per second. You can access this information and much more at Istokpoga.info.

Need a lake contour map of the lake you are fishing? Visit FloridaLakesMaps.com where I’ve published every Florida lake map and lake-map website link I could find.

Fish and Wildlife Commission News (FWC): Proposed Rule Change to Daily Bass Bag Limit; ‘Five bass with only one over 16 inches’. Currently, the FWC biologist have not made a determination about whether or not to use this new proposed rule change on Lake Istokpoga. Help influence the decision by taking the survey online at http://myfwc.com/fishing/freshwater/black-bass/bass-regulations/

Dave Douglass is a bass fishing guide and conservationist in Central Florida. The full article can be accessed at BassFishingForecast.com and FloridaBassFishingForecast.com. Main website: HighlandsBassAngler.com Phone: 863-381-8474. Email: davidpdouglass@hotmail.com.