Rushing Rivers a Blessing
  |  First Published: October 2011

This winter has been the wettest for many years, with the rivers have been constantly full.

The low lying land in the area has been underwater several times this year making it almost impossible for anglers to move from the main roads, denying them access to many fishing areas. But where there is a will, there is a way.

Local anglers know that the fish move from the fast running water into the lakes and backwaters, thus voiding much of the mud and debris. Lake Corringle and Lake Curlip are hard to access without a boat, but those with boats have reported good captures of big bream, good size mullet and some luderick.

The backwaters like the Slips at Corringle have also been producing good bags of bream and mullet. The Dead End, located between the cut-through from the Snowy River to the Brodribb River and Bream Point, is a stretch of the old Snowy River that remains after the cut-through, and remains a secluded spot for fish to hideaway.

Another spot fish seek out when the rivers are running hard is Frenchs Narrows, located down past the Marlo entrance and again out of the main flow of water. Anglers have reported hard baits like black crab, local shell, and fresh water yabbies are the best offerings to use for bream in these conditions.

All the water we have had is probably a blessing in disguise. The rivers have had a good cleanout, the whole system has been flushed out, and with the entrance deep and wide, there is every reason for big schools of fish to start entering the system.

Salmon and tailor have already schooled inside the entrance and are giving the lure fishers plenty of action. As the water has started to recede and clear up, bream have also began to arrive and move up into the system. Shore-based anglers have reported catching some good size bream, from the entrance and up past the boat club.

Anglers have reported most captures on shelled prawn. With the latest reports coming in, it seems the fish have already started to arrive, and won’t be long before many more follow and move throughout the whole system. When all the species turn up the area will be transformed into fishing paradise, providing plenty of fishing action for all types of anglers plenty.

The surf beaches are still holding good schools of salmon, tailor, mullet, flathead and shark. Just lately anglers have reported gummy shark starting to appear. They are yet to show up in big numbers, but it’s good to hear of their arrival.

Offshore the fishing has been slow, but as the warmer weather arrives, the fishing will also get better.

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