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Eyes on river heights
  |  First Published: November 2012



Things are starting to pick up in the local rivers with decent numbers of golden perch falling to bait and lures in recent weeks.

Murray cod have been on the chew as well, but are out of season and if caught must be returned to the water as soon as possible.

Over the past few months we have seen rapid rises and falls in the Murrumbidgee and its tributaries, leading to dirty water. To secure a good chance of landing a few fish, keep an eye on the river heights and look for at least three days of a consistent or dropping level.

Small purple hardbodies have been producing good numbers of goldens. Most any 50mm-70mm lure will produce fish, provided it’s presented close to structure.

Spinnerbaits have been fooling a few fish, with the majority out-of-season Murray Cod. Small-profile single willow blade spinnerbaits will reduce the number of cod interested in the lures.

EUCUMBENE

For the first time in over a year, Lake Eucumbene has been a little hit-and-miss. Some days all forms of fishing are productive and the next only one technique will perform.

Luckily, the streams in the area are open and fishing well on lure and fly, provided you can get your offering close to the bottom in the high early-season flows.

It will be only a matter of time until we start seeing some consistent dry fly action on the waterways.

The most important thing to do when fishing the lake is actually look for fish. This means changing locations regularly until you find feeding fish. Quite often one bay will fish outstandingly one day and the next day you won’t see a scale in that area.

This doesn’t mean the whole lake has shut down, it just means that this bay has. You will find feeding fish if you are prepared to be mobile.

Bait has probably been the most consistent with PowerBait the most consistent bait for the rainbows. While it also produces the odd brown trout, you will be much better off using a fresh scrub worm, bardi grub or yabby to fool the trophy browns.

Fly and lure action has been up and down and trollers must be mobile and go looking for feeding fish.

Don’t just troll aimlessly for hours on end; pick your banks and do a couple of passes and if that doesn’t produce, go looking for another. Jointed Rapalas have been standouts lately, along with the ever-reliable yellow winged lures.

Woolly Buggers or small nymphs in brown, olive or black fished on a slow strip as close to the bottom as possible will be reliable fly options. We should also see some Mudeyes flies starting to work of an evening.

This is a great time of the year to hit the Snowies. Many fishing gurus in this region rate November as the best time for the lakes and rivers. I think November provides possibly the best trophy brown trout fishing in Lake Eucumbene, so if you’ve got the time, go and get stuck in.

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