APRIL MAORI CHART

The best times to hunt and fish.

Outdoor Life Online Editor

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.

Check the calendar below to find the date when you will be fishing and make a note of the times. Now locate your fishing spot on the map, identify the applicable time zone, and using the chart times for that day, add or subtract the number of minutes shown by the nearest vertical map line. For example, Lake McConaughy 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 and sun times for Lake McConaughy on Saturday, 11 May 2002 are calculated as shown below: Moon Up: 11:25 am - 10 mins = 11:15 am

Moon Down: 11:47 pm - 10 mins = 11:37 pm

Moonrise: **04:36 am - 10 mins = 04:26 am

** Moonset: 06:23 pm-10 mins = 06:13 am

Sunrise: **04:49 am - 10 mins = 04:39 am

** Sunset: 07:04 pm - 10 mins = 06:54 pm

Best Fishing Times: Major Peak Periods occur for approximately an hour to an hour and a half either side of the Moon Up and Moon Down times, while the Minor Peak Periods occur for about half an hour around Moonrise and Moonset. Note: Sunrise and Sunset times are calculated for 40 degrees north latitude and may differ in your area. Add 1 hour to all times if daylight saving applies. 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.

APRIL Date Phase Day Prediction Moon Up Moon Down Moonrise Moonset Sunrise Sunset 1 NM Tue od 12:06pm 12:26am 05:59am 06:22pm 05:44 6:24 2   Wed Very good 12:46pm 01:06am 06:21am 07:21pm 05:43 6:25 3   Thu Good 01:27pm 01:48am 06:44am 08:19pm 05:41 6:26 4   Fri Good early 02:09pm 02:31am 07:09am 09:17pm 05:39 6:27 5   Sat Only fair 02:53pm 03:16am 07:38am 10:16pm 05:38 6:28 6   Sun Mostly poor 03:40pm 04:04am 08:12am 11:13pm 05:36 6:29 7   Mon Bad to fair 04:29pm 04:55am 08:52am 11:13pm 05:35 6:30 8   Tue Bad to fair 05:21pm 04:55am 09:39am 12:10am 05:33 6:31 9 FQ Wed Fair to good 06:15pm 05:48am 10:32am 01:04am 05:32 6:32 10   Thu Fair 07:09pm 06:42am 11:31am 01:56am 6:29 7   Mon Bad to fair 04:29pm 04:55am 08:52am 11:13pm 05:35 6:30 8   Tue Bad to fair 05:21pm 04:55am 09:39am 12:10am 05:33 6:31 9 FQ Wed Fair to good 06:15pm 05:48am 10:32am 01:04am 05:32 6:32 10   Thu Fair 07:09pm 06:42am 11:31am 01:56am