These charts were developed over the centuries by the ancient Polynesians, whose lives literally depended on their ability to catch fish. The Maori discovered that the biological clocks of all life forms resonate in predictable relationships with the sun, moon and Earth. Consulting these charts, the Maori were able to forecast the times of heightened activity for all forms of sea life wherever they were. Today, we can use them to predict the most productive times-and days-to fish anywhere in the U.S.
How to Use the Charts
If you will be fishing within the next week, look up the date on our Maori Forecast chart below of when you will be fishing and make a note of the times indicated. Now locate your fishing spot on the map (below). Identify the applicable time zone, and using the chart times for that day, add or subtract the number of minutes shown on the nearest vertical map line.
For example: Lake McConaughy, Neb., is located as shown on the map in the Mountain time zone. The time correction for the nearest map line is minus 10 minutes. Therefore the corrected moon times for Lake McConaughy on August 17, 1998, will be as follows:
Moonrise: 12:58 a.m. minus 10 min. = 12:48 a.m.
Moonset: 03:33 p.m. minus 10 min. = 03:23 p.m.
Moon Up: 08:15 a.m. minus 10 min. = 08:05 a.m.
Moon Down: 08:43 p.m. minus 10 min. = 08:33 p.m.
“Moon Up” indicates when the moon will be directly overhead at the 12 o’clock position.
“Moon Down” indicates when the moon will be directly underfoot.
“Major Peak Periods” occur for approximately 11/2 hours on either side of Moon Up and Moon Down.
“Minor Peak Periods” occur for about half an hour around moonrise and moonset.
Also, all times are standard, so add one hour for daylight saving time. Sunrise and sunset times are calculated at 40 degrees north latitude.
**Major Peak Periods occur for up to1.5 hours either side of the Moon Up and Moon Down times. Minor Peak Periods occur for about half an hour either side of the Moonrise and Moonset times. The Peak Activity Periods and Moontimes are standard time. Add one hour for daylight saving.
February Date Phase Day Prediction Moon Up Moon Down Moonrise Moonset Sunrise Sunset 2/1/02 Ã‚Â Fri Indifferent 03:21am 03:47pm 09:59pm 09:45am 07:08 5:19 2/2/02 Ã‚Â Sat Poor to bad 04:12am 04:37pm 11:11pm 10:15am 07:08 5:20 2/3/02 Ã‚Â Sun Very bad 05:02am 05:27pm 11:11pm 10:44am 07:07 5:21 2/4/02 Ã‚Â Mon Bad to fair 05:52am 06:17pm 12:21am 11:17am 07:06 5:23 2/5/02 LQ Tue Morning fair 06:43am 07:09pm 01:28am 11:52am 07:04 5:24 2/6/02 Ã‚Â Wed Fair at night 07:35am 08:01pm 02:32am 12:33pm 07:03 5:25 2/7/02 Ã‚Â Thu Good 08:27am 08:54pm 03:33am 01:19pm 07:02 5:26 2/8/02 Ã‚Â Fri Good 09:20am 09:47pm 04:31am 02:09pm 07:01 5:27 2/9/02 Ã‚Â Sat Fair 10:13am 10:38pm 05:23am 03:03pm 07:00 5:29 2/10/02 Ã‚Â Sun Fair 11:03am 11:28pm 06:10am 03:59pm 06:59 2/7/02 Ã‚Â Thu Good 08:27am 08:54pm 03:33am 01:19pm 07:02 5:26 2/8/02 Ã‚Â Fri Good 09:20am 09:47pm 04:31am 02:09pm 07:01 5:27 2/9/02 Ã‚Â Sat Fair 10:13am 10:38pm 05:23am 03:03pm 07:00 5:29 2/10/02 Ã‚Â Sun Fair 11:03am 11:28pm 06:10am 03:59pm 06:59