The Snowy flows again
  |  First Published: December 2011

After many years of government’s duckshoving about increasing the flow in the Snowy River, the alterations to the Jindabyne dam wall and spillway have been completed to allow the gates to be opened allowing the Snowy to flow again.

The release of a huge amount of water to simulate a spring snow thaw means the lower Snowy at Orbost has run a metre above its usual height for three weeks, giving the system a simulated flush.

With the river running consistently hard and fast for a long period it brings back many memories to when it was an annually natural occurrence, and the time of year native bass would come down with the fast water to breed.

With the flow mimicking nature it’s no surprise to receive reports of bass being taken from the fast flowing water in the lower reaches of the Snowy.

Even with the additional amount of water, the fishing is excellent. Big bream are being caught all the way to Lake Corringle and all they way up the Brodribb to Lake Curlip, with many of the bream measuring over 45cm and weighing over 2kg. The best results seem to be on local black crab, fresh water yabbies, local shell, sandworm, frozen prawn and lures.

Schools of luderick and golden eye mullet are moving throughout the whole system, but with so much fresh water around, their preferred bait of sandworm is hard to obtain. Most of the structures in the area are holding plenty of estuary perch. The best hook-up rates seem to be with the lure anglers, but reports of bait fishers also getting their fair share. Salmon and tailor are also giving lure anglers plenty of action, either by trolling or casting lures.

Surf is up

The surf beaches have fired up, and now its gummies galore. Just this week local anglers have reported getting their bag on most outings, fishing early evening until about midnight, using squid legs, eel or fresh fish fillets.

During the day anglers have been getting plenty of salmon, tailor, flathead and mullet using bluebait and squid always accompanied with a popper.

Offshore at last the water is starting to warm up, and with the warmer water the baitfish have arrived in big schools, and with the arrival of the bait the fishing is starting to fire up. Flathead have arrived back in good numbers with most boats being able to get their bag.

Along with the flathead there are plenty of gurnard, barracouta, snapper, morwong and squid.

But I have left the best to last. Gummy shark are also here in good numbers, as local angler Roy Herbert informs me he caught a good size gummy on a blue popper he attached to his rig.

With the fishing this good so soon it makes the mind boggle; what will happen when the water warms and the pelagic fish arrive?

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