New horizons and opportunities
  |  First Published: February 2007

This month I’ll be settling into my new location at Grenfell after moving, getting married and having a honeymoon I will be dying for some fishing.

I’m looking forward to the challenges of a new teaching position but the most exciting aspect of the move is the new fishing expeditions that arise from a new location. I will be close to the Lachlan at Forbes and surrounding areas, the Macquarie at Narromine is only two hours’ drive away and Wyangala is only 90minutes.  

I can’t wait to really fish a lot more frequently this year. Sadly, of course I won’t be able to fish the Darling and Barwon as often as I would like now but I will try to provide you with information on these old stamping grounds.


I had my buck’s weekend (thanks for the Shimano Calcutta, boys!) on the Macquarie on the Murray cod opening season weekend. We had been planning this trip for about a month and my main concern was would there be enough water but a lot had been released down the Macquarie and provided excellent fishing.

The water is relatively clear and spinning has provided most of the larger specimens.

I witnessed something very special on the cod opening season. My mates John Howell, Paul Flitcroft and Adam Herasmuik got up early after a late night and decided to throw some spinnerbaits around.

They had no results for the first few holes, then I noticed john putting on a big green StumpJumper. I thought to myself, ‘That’s not going to catch anything’. His first cast whacked against the tree and, being a bit of a smart arse, I said ‘good cast’ and suddenly the lure was engulfed off the surface. At 61 cm it was a good cod but to catch it like that was something special.


There has been some excellent fishing in the Darling and Barwon rivers of late. Even though there is a substantial lack of water and in some parts these rivers are just a chain of holes you can wade across, most of the holes are clear and ready for lures.

When these two rivers are clear they can provide some excellent lure fishing.

Nathan Kenny, of Louth, has been heading out in his kayak and spinning up a heap of yellowbelly and the odd cod to 12kg. Tom Good and his son Jacob went out to the Darling between Louth and Bourke and got about 30 yellowbelly and a few cod.

I heard on the radio the other day that the Government has decided to release some water from a Queensland dam that will hopefully reach Bourke and replenish the Weir Pool. It will be interesting to see the impact this has on the fish when this water comes down – or if it even gets there.


I heard a report that the lake at Forbes has all but dried up – probably a good thing because there were only carp left in it. The Lachlan remains low and dirty in the Forbes region and seems to clear the farther you go out.

The key is to find deep holes with structure in this river; this is generally were the fish are.  


The Wellington Fishing Club held a competition at Burrendong Dam and from all reports the fishing was fairly quiet but there were a few yellowbelly caught and a 10kg Murray cod. It just goes to show that some of those stocked cod are getting big.  

Both Wyangala and Burrendong are popular destinations so make sure that you are careful on the water and remember the sunscreen. Also be careful when navigating around these dams, low water levels have exposed plenty of snags.

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