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Mixed fishing conditions as warm weather improves prospects
  |  First Published: December 2012



It has been a mixed bag in our area this month.

The usually reliable Livingston Creek has been unusually quiet with barely a fish to be seen.

Other rivers have fished well. The rivers are all flowing nicely but the weather has been unusually cold and unsettled for this time of the year.

There was even been a little snow in early November. The water temperatures are down on normal and the season just seems to be "late".

The Mitta River, upstream of the Blue Duck has been interesting.

I recently fished there during the day and barely saw a fish. I was using sunken nymphs and only bothered the scorer on a couple of occasions.

That evening I fished the same river in the Middle Creek area and there was great rise. Every fish in the river seemed to be up and going.

They appeared to be taking mayflies but they were surprisingly difficult to fool. This is how it has been all month with the fishing being quite hit or miss.

The Bundarra River is flowing great and yielding some reasonable bags of average sized fish.

The Cobungra River at Innisfail is fishing quite well mainly to small browns that are starting to put on some weight following a harsh winter.

Dartmouth Dam has risen over the small grassy flats on the Gibbo River and anglers are able to launch their tinnies from this area as the Dam approaches 100% capacity. The Gibbo is fishing well to small rainbows and a few larger fish are being taken higher up in the Buemba River.

Morass Creek is dirty as usual and I not have heard of any anglers catching anything out of it.

It is however a bait fishers delight and often yields some really large fish.

The upper Victoria River is fishing OK to small browns. Bait fishing is popular but a few fish have been taken on flies.

The Tambo River, above Swifts Creek, has been fishing really well. This river is often overlooked as a trout fishery but it has fished well all season this year.

Most of the fish caught have been around 300g with a fair smattering up to 700g. Lure anglers have been successful on silver and gold wobblers. This river fishes best before Christmas when the water tends to heat up and the fishing goes off.

The Timbara River is also fishing well for small browns in the Settlement area. Fly fisherms using bead head nymphs have been particularly successful.

Around Dargo, the Wongongarra, Wonnangatta and Crooked rivers have all been yielding a few small browns but the fishing has not been as good as it could be.

Hopefully over December we will get some warm, settled weather and the fishing will kick start in earnest.

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