Lake Vermilion's
Best Fishing Times for 2000


Absolute Best Days to Fish or Hunt

Here are the absolute best days to be fishing at your favorite spot. These are the days of the month preceeding and following a new or full moon when the solunar times, sunrise/set and moonrise/set, are within 1 hour of each other. It has been documented that when this condition occurs the fishing can be spectacular! If you're on the water at sunrise or set on these dates and a change in in the local weather is imminent your chances are enhanced.
Jan 6, 20, 21 July 1, 2, 15, 16, 17, 30, 31
Feb 4, 5, 6, 19 Aug 15, 29
March 6, 20 Sep 14, 28
April 5, 18 Oct 13, 27
May 3, 4, 18 Nov 11, 12, 25, 26
June 1, 2, 15, 16, 17 Dec 11, 25
(** to determine the best times for each individual date, check with the full set of tables)


The Solunar Theory
Here are the answers to some common questions:

WHEN DO THE TIMES ACTUALLY START?
Personal experience leads us to believe that they start VERY NEAR the actual time shown.

WHY DO SOME TABLES SUGGEST YOU "BACKUP ONE HOUR"?
We don't know - but suspect it is because the times shown are "rounded" to the nearest 10 minutes and because you are asked to make further adjustments depending upon how far away you are from a base point. Thus it is a "safety net".

WHY ARE THESE TABLES SUPERIOR TO OTHERS?
Our tables are accurate to the nearest one minute for a PRECISE location determined by the appropriate longitude and latitude adjusted to compensate for Daylight Savings Time when it is in effect plus the appropriate Time Zone.
Other tables require that you add one hour for DST plus or minus additional minutes (ranging from 0 to 30).


WHAT SPECIES ARE COVERED?
All species of wild life are effected by the times. Ken Kettunen (editor of a newspaper in Grand Marais, MN) reports that the trout start rising precisely at the start of a period in a stream near his town.

WHAT ARE PEAK DAYS?
We "flag" the days preceding and following a New or Full moon since research has shown that animal activity is greatest during these periods of each month.

WHAT ARE BEST DAYS?
Our computer is programmed to highlight those days when the times fall within one hour of sunrise or sunset (which everyone knows are good times to be on the water).

WHAT ARE THE ABSOLUTE BEST DAYS?
Doesn't occur very often during any given month - but when you have a BEST DAY and the times are within one hour of Moonrise or Moonset - you have an ABSOLUTE BEST DAY! We mark these few dates on our tables with < >.
This was documented by Joe Bucher, a guide and outdoor writer from Wisconsin. Joe has maintained his personal logs for the past 15 years and only recently discovered the correlation. Joe maintains that this condition not only produces the most fish but the largest fish as well. He will guarantee limits to his clients on those few dates.
Joe also says that on those dates, if there is an impending change in the weather the action is even better!


HOW MUCH VARIANCE IS THERE FOR OTHER LOCATIONS I MAY FISH OR HUNT?
The times will change 1 minute for each 12 miles E (-) or W (+) of the location.

DOES THE DISTANCE N OR S EFFECT THE SOLUNAR TIMES?
No. But the distance N or S does vary in calculating sunrise-set and moonrise-set. During summer months the firther north you travel the earlier the rises and the later the sets. The reverse is true during the winter months.

WHAT ARE MOONUP AND MOONDOWN TIMES?
These are the times that the moon is directly overhead or directly underfoot.

ARE SOLUNAR TIMES AND OCEAN TIDES SYNONYMOUS?
No. Tides are best considered as a catalyzing agent rather than and end result. Tide has a direct effect on only two things. It controls water depth and the baitfish flow over the bottom.
Fish activity cycles are brought on by the action of the sun and moon working together on the earth's surface. The major difference is tide reaction is general while Solunar reaction is specific and must be recalculated when your fishing location changes.


Jack H. Payne, President
Solunar Services, Inc.
http://www.solunar.com

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