5 Best Fishing Tide Sites & Apps (Quick & Easy Ways To Get Tides)

By: Joseph Simonds on February 20, 2020
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Looking for the best tide sites and apps for fishing?

In this post, we’re sharing our top five favorite sites and apps to get tidal information to help plan your next fishing trip.

You’ll learn

  • Which sites and apps are the easiest to get the tides from
  • The pros and cons of each site and app
  • What each site and app is best for (and when to not use them)
  • And much more

If you’re looking for the best tide sites and apps to help you plan your fishing trips better, keep reading!

What Makes A Good Site 

Before we dive into the top five list, it’s important to know what separates the good sites from the bad.

Here’s what these sites are judged on:

  1. Ease of use
  2. Bonus information

Ease of use

If I’m going to check the tides to plan a fishing trip, I want it to be easy.

I want to get the tide information quickly without having to sift through a ton of popups or ads or do a ton of searches to find what I’m looking for.

Bonus information

Does the site or app include other information that might be helpful?

This includes:

  • Weather
  • Satellite map
  • Sonar map
  • Fish bite score

And is this extra information actually helpful, or is it confusing me with information overload?

These two points helped us determine which of these sites and apps are our favorites for getting the tides and planning our fishing trips.

In addition to these points, I’ll summarize the pros and cons of the site or app as well.

Enjoy!

#1: SmartFishingTides.com

best fishing tide site

Coming in at number one is SmartFishingTides.com.

Yes, this is our tool and you might think we’re biased, however, we built it in a way that specifically would be very easy to use, easy to plan trips with, and has some extra information that is very important to help you catch fish.

Ease of use

When you first go to the site you have the option to choose a tide site via search or the map.

Having these two options makes things very easy, but most of the sites on this list don’t have both options so easily accessible.

easy tide site for fishing

Once you choose a tide site, you’ll be taken to a page that has the tides.

By using the map, you’re just two clicks away from seeing today’s tides and information, and three clicks away from seeing any other day within the next two weeks.

Bonus information

Besides seeing easy to read tide graphs, you’ll also get the following for thousands of tide stations around the United States:

  • Hourly weather (wind speed/direction, clouds, etc)
  • Hourly feeding predictions (based on a proprietary algorithm)
  • Satellite map (bird’s eye view)
  • Sonar map (depth chart map)
  • Radar (showing weather in motion)

This is literally all the information you need to plan a fishing trip all in one place whenever you need it.

Pros
  • Having everything you need (tides, weather, radar, sonar, and hourly feeding score) to plan a fishing trip and it all being so quick to access
  • The Strike Score makes it easy to quickly look at the next few days and decide when the best day to go fishing is
  • The hourly feeding levels tells you when the best time of day to fish is
  • There are no pesky ads to sift through
Cons

Of course, no site is perfect.

The cons to this site are

  • You only get to see the next two weeks of tides
  • There’s not an app version… but they do show how to add it to your phone’s home screen to make it act just like an app (click here)

If you were planning a fishing trip next month and wanted to know the tides, you would have to refer to another site on this list.

Check out SmartFishingTides.com here

#2: Tides4Fishing.com

fishing tides online

Tides4Fishing.com is our second favorite site to use for fishing tides.

It’s one of the most popular tools and has a lot of information in addition to just the tides.

Ease of use

Whereas SmartFishingTides.com takes two clicks to find a tide site (and there’s the map), with Tides4Fishing you first select the continent, then the country, then x out of an ad, then select the state, search for the tide station (organized from south to north), then select the station.

In total, it’s five clicks, but it is very intuitive.

Also, the next time you access their website it will have the last tide site you looked at there for you to click on, so it just gets easier.

Bonus information

This is what makes Tides4Fishing so popular.

There is lots of information besides just the tides, including the weather, visibility, pressure, water temperature, surf conditions, and tidal coefficient.

Pros
  • Extra information to help you determine whether it’s a good day to go fishing or not
  • Remembers the last tide site you visited
Cons
  • There is no map to select tides from, which is helpful if you don’t know the name of the tide site you’re going to be fishing near
  • There actually may be too much information (most anglers aren’t exactly sure how the tidal coefficient affects fishing)
  • There’s no easy way to quickly compare two different days and how the fishing is projected to be
  • Lots of ads

Check out Tides4Fishing.com here

#3: AyeTides

best fishing tides app

AyeTides is the first app on this list and unlike the other options above that are free, this app costs $7.99 to download.

However, this is the app that Luke and Tony used almost exclusively before we created Smart Fishing Tides.

Ease of use

Like Smart Fishing Tides, the map feature makes it easy to find the tide station nearest to where you plan to fish.

The color-coded tide charts also look nice and are easy to read.

Bonus information

In addition to the tides, you can see the sun and moon times, plus even current in some areas.

Pros
  • Easy to read charts
  • Current information is helpful
  • No ads
Cons
  • It’s not free—it’s $7.99.
  • It’s only available on Apple
  • Doesn’t include weather

Download AyeTides here

#4: Fishing Points

top fishing tides app

Fishing Points is another app, except this one can be downloaded on both Apple and Google devices.

Ease of use

Although you can just navigate to any spot on the map and select tides in that area (it automatically chooses the nearest tide station), on the tide page there is no other information to tell you about that day (weather, waves, etc).

If you don’t care to know that information quickly, you may like this app.

Bonus information

This app does a lot in addition to just telling you the tides.

You can log your catches with notes and locations, there’s predicted fish activity, and you can see the weather, wind, waves, current, and solunar information.

Pros
  • Map navigation
  • Bonus information (like the fish catch log, waves, weather, etc.)
  • Predictive fish activity
  • Current information
Cons
  • Although the app does have a decent amount of information to help you plan a fishing trip, each category of information (weather, tides, etc) is on a separate page that you’ll need to navigate to.
  • If you want to look at the weather, tides or fish activity in the future, you have to purchase the premium version, which is $5.99/month.

Learn more about Fishing Points here.

#5: Tide Charts

fishing tide app

Unlike the other two apps, this one is free ($1.99 if you want to remove the ads, which aren’t too distracting) and you can see the tides for any day in the future.

Ease of use

You have the option to use the map or search tide station by name, so it’s pretty easy to use.

Also, checking out the weather for the next few days is also easy once you navigate to the weather page.

Bonus information

This app also tells you the weather and solunar information.

Pros
  • Free
  • Can look at tides for over a year in the future
  • Hourly and 10-day weather
  • Solunar information
Cons
  • If you’re looking to plan an entire fishing trip, this app isn’t the most helpful as it will just give you the tides and weather
  • The graphics are more minimalistic, although they still give you the information you need

Download it for Apple devices here and Google devices here.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to quickly and easily find the tides, it’s time to go fishing!

Have any questions about these tide sites and apps?

Did you favorite site or app make the list?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Gary Brady
4 months ago

Nautides is also a good free app. It gives the best fish activity times

Mark Lail
4 months ago

Is there not an app to download to my phone for Smartfishingtidez ?

Jim Jacobus
4 months ago

I’ve been using Tides4fishing for several years now but eager to try this out. ‘MyRadar’ app is useful for specific wind direction and rain with various overlays. I like the sonar feature with ‘Smart Fishing Tides’, but did seem very slow in changing from charts>satellite view and back. I also like “Cruisersnet.net”…very detailed and comprehensive. Will definitely spend some time on Smart Fishing Tides. Thanks guys.

Luke Simonds
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Jim Jacobus

Thanks for making time to leave the helpful comment Jim!

David Caldwell
4 months ago

GPS REAL TIDE is great, it tells you what the tide is at your GPS Position So no math is to be done.

Luke Simonds
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  David Caldwell

Thanks for making time to leave the helpful comment David!

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 months ago

Thanks for this. How accurate is solunar theory anyway? I ‘ve had a few bad days when it said fish would b very active

Luke Simonds
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Solunar is helpful, but without incorporating the weather, it’s not going to be consistently accurate.

Gary Rankel
4 months ago

The sonar / depth readings on smartfishingtides is a real bonus. Not available on the other sites I’ve used.

Luke Simonds
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Gary Rankel

Thanks for making time to leave the helpful comment Gary!

Jason Moore
4 months ago

Tides4fishing is what I’ve used for years living on the east coast.

Michael Fitzgerald
4 months ago

Check out app called Windfinder – It has wind speed & direction, wave direction & height and tide info

Dave
Dave
4 months ago

#2 Tides4Fishing is what I have used for the past 3 years in South Carolina, it is very good and contains all the information in one site.

Luke Simonds
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Dave

Thanks for making time to leave the comment Dave. I recommend giving https://www.smartfishingtides.com yet a try because I’m confident that you’ll be impressed with its easy to understand layout and the fact that it includes extras like a button to show radar in motion for knowing if storms are in the mix as well as the inclusion of weather (and how fish react to it) for the feeding level forecasts (vs. just focusing on solunar information)

Sean Shimmel
4 months ago

Thank you! How are we to interpret your site for fishing on the Indian River lagoon vs on the coast itself? Are the ratings equivalent (or not) considering that tides do not readily affect the river?

Luke Simonds
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sean Shimmel

The https://www.smartfishingtides.com/ platform has tide stations in the Indian River as well as along the nearby beaches, and each tide station has the corresponding weather, radar, maps, and associated feeding level scores based on the localized information.

Sean Shimmel
4 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks Luke. Maybe I’m missing something, but I just checked and don’t see anything under Indian River. I am in the Melbourne/ Satellite Beach area and have tried searching different ways. Would you mind letting me know how it’s named, so I can look it up?

Travis Taylor
4 months ago

Since Smart Fishing Tides became available it has been my favorite mainly because it’s a one stop shop. The only issue I’ve had is when cell service is poor. The other app I use when my cell service isn’t as good is “Rise”. It’s simple, has a tide station map, includes solunar, and if you rotate your phone sideways it shows the graph. You can store favorite tide stations, but it will occasionally dump all your favorites. Simple and free.

Luke Simonds
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  Travis Taylor

Thanks for making time to leave the helpful comment Travis!

James Gabrick
4 months ago

USA Tides

Luke Simonds
Admin
4 months ago
Reply to  James Gabrick

Thanks for adding the tide platform suggestion.

Charles PHILLIPPI
4 months ago

I used FP’s till ours came out. I find ours is a great site. Use FP’s to store catches and info. Thanks for link on how to save site to a folder like an “app” . It allows you to put your fav fishing spots in the folder.

Tommy Delcambre
4 months ago

That’s good stuff. Thanks for sharing it with us. I currently am using the top three in your list.