Cooler water temperatures rising fast
  |  First Published: December 2013

This is the first time I can remember the water temperature was still below 15C as we approach summer.

Generally by now it is above 17C and rising pretty fast. On the upside even though the temperature was considerably lower than normal the fishing during the early parts November was outstanding with good reports of fish from all over the lake and plenty of them.

Yellowbelly have been very active recently with fish of all sizes caught, mainly in the shallows where the water temperature is at its warmest.

All sorts of lures spinner baits lipless cranks, soft plastics and hardbodied lures have been working a treat. At this time of year I always recommend fishing to your strengths because confidence is a big factor for lure casters in particular.

There have been reports that the bigger reddies are starting to come back on the chew which is great news for the dinner plate. A couple of 2kg models were picked up in November, and the run to Christmas should get even better.

Let's not forget it’s cod time, so don't forget to change all of your old worn out trebles and split rings off your favourite hardbodied lures; you would hate to lose the fish of a life time simply from being lazy.

So what does December bring? I’m tipping that once the water temperature gets up around the 18C consistently the fishing should really fire up.

Consistency is the key factor here, but once it gets there I think it is going to go absolutely off it’s head. The water level should hold reasonably steady which will be great for once and the fish should hold quite high in the water column. When the water temperature is at this level I tend to fish between 1.5-7m on overcast days and down to 10m on bright days.

We will find that more and more Murray cod will start to chew as the temperature goes up as well.

I'm reasonably confident that we may see a yellowbelly caught that might just hit the magical 10kg mark: let's hope so!

Some good trout have also been caught up around Peppin Point with a few caught up around 55cm in the shallows again. Big River is running crystal clear and producing good trout 1.5-2kg as well.

The Pondage

This popular water has been fishing very well lately, particularly on the rise of the water. It has been consistently dropping 3500ML per day into the Goulburn. By far the best results have come on Powerbait and home made dough with loads of fish around 1.5-2kg and 45-60 cm with a good mix of browns and rainbows.


At the moment the rivers are all fishing very well and are all super clean with the Goulburn the pick of the bunch.

Consistent flows for the last 6 weeks or so has presented superb fishing with big numbers of fish being caught and released from 500g-2kg. These have been beautiful wild fish and mostly browns.

The best lures have been the Cranka 59mm minnows in golden trout and a Jackall squirrel in brown suji shrimp: trout love them.

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