Try the lakes
  |  First Published: May 2012

It has been another great season this summer, but it time to let the fish concentrate on spawning in the lead up to the closed season on the June long weekend.

Given that the rivers will be closed next month, mybe it is time to hone our lake fishing skills

The easiest method of fishing in a lake is to walk the bank casting a lure or bait. Search with a clockwise casting method to search the lake’s edge. This is done by starting on your left with your first casts at about 5-8m parallel to the bank and then give 2-3 casts at 10 o’clock. Your first cast should be a slightly fast retrieve to work the top of the water column and for the more aggressive fish

With your second cast, still wind straight away but a bit slower pace this will make the lure swim deeper.

On the third cast and let it sink and retrieve it at normal speed as the lure will rise up in the water unless it is a deep diving lure with a large bib. For most lures it’s the retrieval speed that you are working it at that set depth.

Mix the retrieves up a bit – pause the lure every now and then as well as adding some flicks with the rod tip. Make the lure act erratically and provoke that strike.

Repeat all this around the clock face (10 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 2 o’clock) and then move along the bank 10m or so.

There is a bit of work to fish a lake properly so it comes important to try and pick the best spots to fish on a lake. There are structures that you can look for, like a river or creek running in to the lake, a big clump of reeds or a pile of logs pushed up in a clump which are easy to pick.

This structure is a great place for small fish to find shelter, which means the fish we are after will hunt around the structure. Therefore we need to concentrate our efforts around the structure.

Yan with a yellowbelly caught at Sugarloaf Reservoir whilst casting from the bank. Yan and his dad have had good catches of redfin and yellowbelly here as well.

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