Fishin' in the Dark

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"Fishin' in the Dark"
Single by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
from the album Hold On
B-side "Keepin' the Road Hot"
Released June 1987
Genre Country, country blues
Length 3:20
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) Wendy Waldman and Jim Photoglo
Producer(s) Josh Leo
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band singles chronology
"Baby's Got a Hold on Me"
"Fishin' in the Dark"
"Oh What a Love"

"Fishin' in the Dark" is a song written by Wendy Waldman and Jim Photoglo and recorded by American country music group The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It was released in June 1987 as the second single from their album Hold On.[1] It reached number-one on the U.S. and Canadian country charts. It was the band's third number-one single on the U.S. country music charts and the second in Canada.


The premise of the song is a couple contemplating a late night fishing expedition. Specifically, the adventurers plan to make their way to a river and chart constellations in the full moon light. In the song, the tentative date for this excursion is set in the late spring to early summer.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Bill Young and features the band playing in front of a live audience.

Cover versions[edit]

Chart and certification[edit]

Preceded by
"The Way We Make a Broken Heart"
by Rosanne Cash
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

October 17, 1987
Succeeded by
"Shine, Shine, Shine"
by Eddy Raven
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 17, 1987
Succeeded by
"Little Ways"
by Dwight Yoakam


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  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 249. 
  3. ^ "American single certifications – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Fishin&27 in the Dark". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 21, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ Matt Bjorke (February 19, 2015). "Country Music’s Top 30 Digital Singles: Week of February 19, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figures given here

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