Not every fish species has the same activity all year round and always bites equally well. As an angler, you are often faced with the question of whether it is really worth going fishing at all. In this article you will find a table in which almost all important angling fish are listed and when the fish bite particularly well or particularly badly.
The best times to go fishing
The best times to go fishing depend on what the natural 24-hour rhythm of a fish species is and what the external conditions are, especially oxygen and water temperature. In almost all waters and on almost all fish species, however, the early morning and evening hours are particularly good in spring, summer and autumn. In winter, on the other hand, midday with the
is the best time for fishing. Eels and catfish are mainly nocturnal fish, which makes it almost impossible to hide on eels in summer with clear water and midday sun. However, if the water is very cloudy and it is a rainy day, an eel hide at noon can also be successful. So the individual conditions at the water are always decisive and no one can tell you from a distance what makes the fish tick in your water. All I can do is give you good clues as to when is the best time to fish.
These months these fish are biting
In the table you can see the months in which the most popular fish bite the best. Of course you can also see when they hardly bite. Here is the explanation of the table
* = the fish hardly bites and is difficult to catch
**= the fish bites well
***= the fish is fully active and bites especially well
Please note that there are no closed seasons in these tables. You can find the current closed seasons for more and more of these fish in my fish encyclopedia >>.
When fish bite
Even if the natural conditions for a species of fish are good, they automatically bite well. Pike may be active in summer, but they can scoop out the whole fry and do not bite our bait as well as in May, when they are exhausted and starved after spawning. Many species of fish hardly eat at all during the spawning season, while others eat a lot. Almost all fish species, however, like pike, bite best directly after spawning.
To understand why fish do not bite equally well in every season or month it is advisable to look into the general biology of fish.
Each species of fish has a different optimal temperature for its metabolism due to its biology. Although the metabolism of all fish species increases with higher temperature and they would therefore have to eat more at higher temperatures, the oxygen requirement also plays an important role. Since oxygen becomes scarcer at higher water temperatures, it becomes scarcer. Brown trout, for example, which like to keep cool and oxygen-rich, stop eating at temperatures above 21°C, while other fish species only really get going at this temperature.