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The Florida freshwater fishing forecast for the fourth week of July will be the best of the month with the morning anglers having the ideal lunar factors in play and a slight temperature drop that will really make the fish feeding activity surge above normal summertime rates. The fact is, you don’t want to miss out on fishing the next nine days.

The weather forecast shows signs of being affected by the Polar Vortex blast of cold air that is predicted to even reach central Florida. This will only enhance fishing conditions this week and serve to create an even better ‘new moon fishing week’ for this month as water temperatures recede slightly and begin to hold more dissolved oxygen — at this time of year, every little bit of oxygen helps fish feed and digest.

It is a fact that the monthly period of the ‘new moon week’ yields the best fish catches of the month. It’s not a myth or an old wives tale, but established scientific fact. The moon periods, ‘moonrise, moonset, and moon overhead on the two days before and after and the day of the new moon will be timed perfectly to work in harmony with the sunrise, sunset and sun overhead positions.

This celestial combo, will cause a greater percentage of all fish species to feed more often for the longest periods of the lunar month. As cosmic particles enter the earth’s atmosphere the lunar cycle that causes the month’s highest and lowest tides, also causes the greatest levels of ‘ions’ to occur. This causes a much high level of ‘free electrons’ to enter the air and this in turn causes the nervous systems of living beings to thrive at a greater rate for a greater amount of time.

The smaller the creature, the greater this affect is. So all the creatures that fish eat thrive at much greater rates daily at this time of lunar month. And this monthly lunar clock the fish knows all too well. So all fish feed greater and thus our game fish thrive at a much higher rate at this time too.

So, fish feeding activity will spike this week and if you know where the fish feed in a particular lake, you’ll be catching more quality fish than during any other week of the month—yes even greater than the full moon week. (However, a full moon week during the summer months while in lunar orbit perigee, do almost rival or equal the new moon week’s daytime fish feeding activity).

The major feeding migration of the day occurs from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. over the next four days. The peak period occur from 8 to 11 a.m. today and move later daily by fifty minutes—the moon overhead period. By the second half of this week the moonrise will coincide with the sunrise and add an additional major peak period for fishing — second peak period occurs during midday hours at this time. The rating for today through Wednesday will start at a 7 rating today and will increase daily by a half number until the new moon arrives this Saturday, creating a 10 rating.

The minor fishing migration of the day today occurs from 3 to 6 p.m. during the moonset period. And will produce a rating of 5 which will also increase daily by a half number and move later into the day daily by about fifty minutes. The second half of this week this lunar affect will combine with the sunset and produce great evening fishing.

The only negative anglers need to adjust for this week, is the daily storm activity. Bring some rain gear and prepare an ‘escape plan’ off the lake in case of extreme threats.

For the summer months July and 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 38.40 feet above sea level with four S68 spillway gates open at 0.70 inches and flowing 850 cubic feet per second. The county weed managers will be spot spraying floating vegetation this week on the west and east shorelines totaling 20 acres in each area. 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.