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 Box on the top of this page 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.
March Date Phase Day Prediction Moon Up Moon Down Moonrise Moonset Sunrise Sunset 3/1/02 Ã‚Â Fri Good 01:59am 02:26pm 08:52pm 08:12am 06:33 5:52 3/2/02 Ã‚Â Sat Indifferent 02:52am 03:18pm 10:05pm 08:43am 06:32 5:53 3/3/02 Ã‚Â Sun Poor to bad 03:44am 04:10pm 11:16pm 09:15am 06:30 5:54 3/4/02 Ã‚Â Mon Very bad 04:37am 05:03pm 11:16pm 09:51am 06:29 5:55 3/5/02 Ã‚Â Tue Bad to fair 05:30am 05:56pm 12:24am 10:31am 06:27 5:56 3/6/02 LQ Wed Morning fair 06:23am 06:50pm 01:28am 11:16am 06:26 5:57 3/7/02 Ã‚Â Thu Fair at night 07:17am 07:43pm 02:27am 12:05pm 06:24 5:58 3/8/02 Ã‚Â Fri Good 08:09am 08:35pm 03:21am 12:59pm 06:23 5:59 3/9/02 Ã‚Â Sat Good 09:01am 09:25pm 04:09am 01:54pm 06:21 6:00 3/10/02 Ã‚Â Sun Fair 09:49am 10:13pm 04:51am 02:51pm 06:19 3/7/02 Ã‚Â Thu Fair at night 07:17am 07:43pm 02:27am 12:05pm 06:24 5:58 3/8/02 Ã‚Â Fri Good 08:09am 08:35pm 03:21am 12:59pm 06:23 5:59 3/9/02 Ã‚Â Sat Good 09:01am 09:25pm 04:09am 01:54pm 06:21 6:00 3/10/02 Ã‚Â Sun Fair 09:49am 10:13pm 04:51am 02:51pm 06:19