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Three excellent fishing periods today

The Florida freshwater fishing forecast includes the full moon in orbit perigee, which is a super moon, and a typical stormy season weather forecast with rain forecasted for at 50 percent every day this week.

The full moon occurs today and will create three feeding migrations, two during the sunrise and sunset and one during the midday hours. Atmospheric pressure increases have been occurring early in the mornings over the past few days and this trend should continue. For this reason the major feeding migration of the day could turn out to be during the moonset at 6:40 a.m. followed by the sunrise at 6:54 a.m. followed by the atmospheric pressure spike pattern of the past week occurring at 8:30 a.m.

The major feeding migration of the day occurs from 6 to 9 a.m. and will have a rating of 10 today and could have a greater duration if the pressure rise lasts longer than an hour or so. As long as the barometer keeps rising, no matter how minimal, the fish will keep adjusting upward in the water column, which means more fish feeding in shallow feeding areas.

The minor fishing migration of the day occurs during the midday hour and the sunset hours. From 12 to 3 p.m. the moon will be underfoot and 12 hours later again when the moon is overhead at midnight. If the atmospheric pressure rises at this time of day this migration will become the main feeding migration of the day.

Also during the sunset at 8 p.m. is the moonrise and this will certainly trigger an excellent evening feeding migration which will have a peak period from 7 to 9 p.m. which should reach a rating of 8 to 9.

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 38.50 feet above sea level with four S68 spillway gates open at 1.50 feet totaling a flow of 1500 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 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 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.