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I've been fishing the hardwater in Colorado for more than a decade from early ice to late season.
Of all the things I have learned, ice fishing around the time of a full moon is usually the most unproductive time you can have all month.
My thinking is that with the full moon and the light on the ice, the fish feed pretty well during the evening, and then suffer lock jaw during the day. This observation holds pretty true for me even during the summer months, though not to such extremes.
I would be pretty curious to see if any of you have had the same experience. If your results are contrary to mine, Please, share your wisdom so that I can stop my normal boycott of fishing on full moon weekends.
 

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icefishing during the full moon ain't so bad either. I caught 3 trout in an hour of fishing on fri night, not so bad. It generally is the slowest during the day though, I agree 100% However, during the middle of february can be slow for certain species in certain places, especially ones that iced up in late nov/ early december.
 

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when i saw the moon out during the 11-mile outing saturday i was resigned to a skunk day because whenever the moon is up during the day i usually do not have good day. But, i iced 5 and lost 2 and had a few hits that i missed so, this day was the exception for me.
i think the pull of the moon usually messes upthe fishs'senses a bit and they are not on the bite.
 

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thats the reason i couldn't catch anything saturday. ;D
 

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afishman said:
thats the reason i couldn't catch anything saturday. ;D
Yeah me too. :p
 

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I'm not sure every fish species under every condition will respond the same way, or respond at all, to a full moon. I have heard about the stories about fish biting, or not biting just before bad weather moves in. At elevenmile, some people noted that just as the wind kicked up (preceding the incoming wheather), they started to get some more bites. Not sure if that's enough to convince me the weather had anything to do with it, but it does pique my curiosity a little.
 

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Fish are kinda like fishermen, aren't they? They do whatever they damm well please, whenever they damm well please! ;)

p.s. don't tell my wife I said that :-X I'll be done fishin for the year!
 

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Another thought, we had upslope wind/snow in Denver, meaning there must have been a low to our south. When the wind is from the east ... stuff.

We have thrown around lots of good excuses. I'm wondering if anyone saw anyone else, eating or in possession of bananas?
 

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We have thrown around lots of good excuses. I'm wondering if anyone saw anyone else, eating or in possession of bananas?
I thought the Banana Jinx (BJ for short, not to be confused wtih the NEC) was only applicable to fishing from boats? I did not have any bananas, for the record. (but no one saw ZMan)

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ice fisher said:
Of all the things I have learned, ice fishing around the time of a full moon is usually the most unproductive time you can have all month.
My thinking is that with the full moon and the light on the ice, the fish feed pretty well during the evening, and then suffer lock jaw during the day.
My experience is similar to yours, ice fisher. Day time ice fishing often sucks. But I have done well at night during the full moon, though, especially at Lake John.

Don
Brrrrr! Can you say -30 outside the hut?
 
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