Adjust to suit the conditions
  |  First Published: March 2013

Water temperatures have been 2°-3° warmer than last Summer.

Water has a very good thermal mass, meaning it takes a long time to heat up or cool down. This should mean that we will carry warmer water temperatures into Autumn.

For trout anglers fishing Lake Lyell, that could mean fishing a little deeper during office hours, or staying out a little longer to chase the fish as they move into shallow water to feed when the sun dips below the horizon.

Warmer water will also mean more water users at popular destinations for longer periods. Early-morning sessions on redfin at Ben Chifley and Carcoar dams keep you away from the traffic and make the fishing so much more enjoyable.

It’s all about making the adjustments to suit the conditions.


Well, almost; Windamere should continue to produce fish through the month. It’s been a great season with plenty of fish caught.

Lure shyness and boat awareness will likely become factors up there during this part of the season. Anglers who will do best will downsize their lures, lines and leaders and be aware of the effect of loud, unnatural noises in the boat.

Bait anglers quite often outfish lure anglers at this time.

Fresh bait presented in a natural manner on light line from the bank has many advantages. The boat noise is gone and when it comes to presentation, there’s nothing better than the real thing.

A fresh yabby or shrimp has the right colour texture and smell; it’s the real deal and little wonder they get eaten so readily.

Clear water means plenty of light penetration for maximum weed growth. In some areas the weed is growing in 6m of water. Golden and silver perch love the stuff; it provides food, oxygen, shade and cover.

When the weed is this long it also provides the cover to move up and down the water column to seek out the best conditions.


Bass in Lake Lyell have been a little patchy, with hot days and big numbers of water users affecting them. Let’s hope as things get a little less hectic the fishing will be more consistent.

Very early mornings or night activities will remain the best options until things settle down.

The opportunity to chase a big cod always seems to give me an extra buzz these days, I have yet to get one over the magic metre and I have to admit it’s a bit of a thorn in my side.

I have been in the boat and on the bank when mates have caught them and it’s a great thing to be a part of.

Of course, the odd email comes through from readers of their captures of metre-plus cod and this spurs me on even more.

Justin Smith, of Goulburn, recently trolled up a 117cm specimen in Wyangala not long into the New Year. He made the correct decision not to try to get the fish into the boat, leading it over to the shore where it could be handled correctly and returned to the water unharmed. My time will come…

Surface fishing for cod and bass should continue well into the next couple of months. The latest I have caught cod on the surface is into June, believe it or not, so don’t put the lures away for some time yet. Bigger offerings are well and truly on the menu by now.

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