Hume and Dartmouth fire up
  |  First Published: December 2011

From Lake Hume to Lake Dartmouth the fishing has been awesome, with trout, redfin, yellas, and Murray cod have all been on the chew at one place or another.

Even with the holiday crowds there’s still been plenty of room on the banks of the lakes, or rivers to head fishing with the family.

Lake Hume

Since the water height at Lake Hume has held in the 90% range for some time now, the locals have been flocking to the lake almost every day. With many hanging around the Bowna area chasing a yella or to, but from Kookaburra point to the wall trollers have been picking up some decent-sized redfin while targeting yellas. Weapon of choice for many anglers is a 60-90mm deep diving hardbodied lure. Most brands will work it’s a matter of finding the right colour.

For those casting and jigging, water 5-10m deep is a good place to start, and working along this depth can find suspended yellas, redfin, and maybe even a cod. Once a school is located in the sounder I’ll cast right to the shoreline and work the lure or plastic down the edge into the deeper water. A slow steady retrieve on a Jackall Mask or TN60 usually brings results. Much of the time is been for myself 20-25cm redfin, but for others some cracking yellas have been caught.

Times of the day are hard to pick as all throughout the day fishos have been hooking up, but I’ve liked the late afternoon session to avoid too much sun. Morning sessions are tending to be the quieter times on the water, as the ski boats mostly don’t come out until the wind dies down. Having a good barometer around is handy, when it’s rising it’s time to wet a line!

Local Rivers

The Murray River below the wall has been a popular destination for many (you can tell by all the rubbish), as it offers plenty of shaded areas. Drowning a few worms is one of the main ways to get hooking up in the area as the aria of fish all tend to react differently to the fluctuations in river height and flow. Lead fishing off the rocks or slow rolling a shallow diving hardbodied lure on the NSW side of the river can bring good results.

All along the Murray, north and south of the lake has seen a fair bit of traffic of boats and campers, and probably one of the better ways is to fish it would be in a kayak, or canoe. Even if you’re not hooking up you can just drift the day away soaking up the surroundings.

The Kiewa and Mitta rivers are also seeing plenty of visitors and fishing in the upper areas is producing quite a few smaller trout on spinners with some bigger fish are taking a liking to a well-presented fly.

Other waters

Lake Dartmouth and Lake Banimboola (pondage) have been fishing well throughout 2011. The water temperature is tending to stay cool enough in the pondage for the trout to stay mostly active, but redfin are also worth targeting with either worms or just by casting a lure around.

Your smaller minnow type lures work very well in the pondage, but also the main Dartmouth Lake itself the fishing has been outstanding, just as recognised angler Mark Ainsworth found on a recent trip with family and friends.

Trolling lofty and Tassie style lures in various colours, with the standout being a number 49 Lofty which has a red throat, yellow body and black stripes across its tail. But equally the new Tassie Devil range to be working well, especially those with yellow wing, and gold in the body.

The crew trolled depths between 9-12m using downriggers, paravanes, and dodgers.

In one morning session of strong winds, rain and dark skies found Mark and his father boating 8 trout with the biggest going 1.3kg. The brighter days were found to be less productive, and times fished were between gentleman’s hours of 10am to 6pm.

Mark also reported of over 80 cars parked at the ramp meaning that Dartmouth is becoming more like its heyday.

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