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Weather has fish on the move

The Florida freshwater fishing forecast for the first week of June includes the first-quarter moon phase and the lunar orbit apogee along with a typical rainy season weather forecast. This will make fishing that much more challenging because when the afternoon thunderstorms arrive, so too do the fish at the feeding grounds.

Atmospheric pressure is forecasted to remain under 30 In Hg for the first half of this week and strong east winds prevail until after the midweek. This means fish will be deeper than they have been over the past week or so, and on the western side of the deeper sections of fishing holes.

The major feeding migration of the day occurs when the moon is overhead which is at 4:40 p.m. today and moves later daily by 45 minutes. That should trigger a feeding migration from 2-6 p.m. for the first half of this week. A rating of 5-6 is expected as atmospheric pressure changes occur.

The minor fishing migration of the day occurs during the moonrise which is at 9:50 a.m. today and moves later daily by 52 minutes. A rating of 5-6 is also expected during the peak period from 8-11 a.m.

For the summer months, June, July, and August, I am offering a half-day bass fishing trip for one to three people that include bait and tackle, for $225. Launch time is at 6 a.m. and the trip ends at noon. Book your trip today.

Lake Istokpoga’s level is at 38.20 feet above sea level with one gate at the S68 spillway open 1.90 feet and flowing 330 cubic feet per second. This is to compensate for the influent creeks of Arbuckle and Josephine on the north and west sides of the lake. The maximum lake level during hurricane season is 38.25 feet above sea level.

You can access all Lake Istokpoga information such as lake management plans and events, current spillway status, real-time data and many other facts concerning Highlands County’s top fishery by visiting Istokpoga.info.

And, if you would like to view and or print a lake contour map of the lake you are fishing, anywhere in the state providing one has been created and offered on the internet, visit online, FloridaLakesMaps.com where all maps are free.

For the month of June the best daytime fishing days are from June 3-7, 10-13, 18-21, and 22-30. Also the full moon occurs within two days of the lunar orbit perigee, which means nighttime anglers can see some of the best action on nights 11-13.

Fish and Wildlife Commission News: The FWC will be holding a public meeting to discuss changing the current bass fishing bag limit rules in the state to just one daily bass bag limit statewide. The proposed plan is a five bass per day, per angler, of less than 16 inches, with the allowance of one bass over 16 inches - replacing one of the five bass under 16 inches. The meeting will take place on June 11, at 6-8 p.m. at the Clay County Headquarters Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd. Orange Park.

To access an online survey regarding the ‘daily bass bag limit rule change’ go to 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.