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It’s time to go fishing

The Florida freshwater fishing forecast for the second half of the third week of August is one that all anglers wait for each month. With just six days before the new moon arrives on Monday, fish will be feeding in the largest numbers of this month and, when the moon is in the ‘overhead’ position during the mid-to-late morning hours.

The weather forecast offers no rain today as winds switch out of the northwest but by tomorrow the usual summertime afternoon and evening rain storms will resume. But more importantly, the atmospheric pressure daily high point has been occurring in harmony with the moon ‘overhead’ position, this ‘good news ‘should continue for the next four days.

Over the past seven days atmospheric pressure began to rise an hour before the moon overhead position and stopped rising an hour after the overhead position, 30.03 to 30.15. One hour later — three hours from when the pressure first started to rise—the atmospheric pressure receded to the day’s starting point of near 30 In Hg. range. Each day, bass started to strike exactly when the pressure-rise occurred and slowed and stopped about two to three hours later as the pressure had been falling for about a half hour, I expect this trend to continue.

The major feeding migration of the day, occurs today from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and will climb to an 8-rating on the 1-10 scale, with ten being best, during the peak period centered on the moon-overhead position at 9:41 a.m. Daily this migration period starts about 50 minutes later and increases in feeding intensity slightly each day until next Tuesday.

The minor fishing migration of the day occurs today during and centered on the moonset at 4:32 p.m. From 3:30 to 6 p.m. today fish will feed at a rating of 5-6 especially if atmospheric pressure doesn’t decline during the period. Daily this migration period starts about fifty minutes later.

This weekend anglers can enjoy excellent fishing during the early morning hours when the moonrise occurs an hour before the sunrise at 7 a.m., the midday hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the sun and moon is overhead and before the storm activity starts, and from 6 to 8 p.m. during the late evening hours when the moonset and sunset occur.

So if you’ve been waiting for the best fishing days of August to arrive, get up and get moving toward your favorite fishing lake because the next seven days will produce top notch fishing factors and conditions, second to none, during the coolest period of daylight hours.

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 News: On Aug. 28, the Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) will be holding an Istokpoga Weed and Hydrilla Management Meeting at 10 Lake June Clubhouse rd. Lake Placid, Fl.at 10 a.m. There will be FWC biologist presenting ‘general weed management’ and ‘hydrilla management’ status and future plans.

The Highlands County Lake Istokpoga Management Committee (LIMC) will also hold a ‘general meeting’ at 9 a.m. Sept. 4 at the Agri. Civic Center 4344 George Blvd. room 3. FWC general weed management plans and hydrilla management plans along with other current issues will be addressed.

Lake Istokpoga’s level is at 38.32 feet above sea level with four S68 spillway gates open at 1.50 feet and flowing of 1500 cubic feet per second. You can access this real-time 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. If a state lake contour map has been published online, you’ll find it here free for the download.

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.