Great time to wet a line
  |  First Published: March 2007

The upcoming months are my favourite time to fish for Australian native fish. The waters are generally clear or becoming clear; the temperature has just started to cool a little, making fishing more comfortable; and the fish are actively feeding, getting ready for the cooler conditions. There’s really nothing to stop you from getting out there and catching a few fish!

Macquarie River

The Macquarie River at this time of year is a great option with plenty of active cod around 50cm willing to take either baits or lures. With the water relatively clear, trolling and spinning the logs will be successful and purple lures seem to be working well. Remember when working those lures that you have to run through, over, near or parallel to those snags to catch them. There’s no point throwing or trolling a lure where the fish don’t live.

Baits will also work well; the best baits have been bardi grubs and strips of steak. A simple running sinker rig will do the job. It has been interesting to hear reports of cod being caught in the Macquarie River above Burrendong Dam to Bathurst. It is disturbing that some people have been mistreating this water by using illegal setlines, keeping undersized cod and leaving rubbish behind. This is a fragile system and needs to be looked after so make sure you do the right thing.

Darling and Barwon River

The Darling River and Barwon have been fishing exceptionally well lately, especially for those people chasing cod on lures. Some catches of cod over 10kg have been reported and most fish are being released which is great for the future of this system.

Bait anglers have been getting amongst some nice yellowbelly, with the best baits being worms, shrimp and prawns.

Lachlan River

The Lachlan River around Forbes has received some much-needed rain and the river is looking somewhat normal again. The fishing has also picked up and this should continue throughout March. Bait is your best option in this river with small yabbies working a treat. A canoe is very handy in this system as it is a great way to spend a couple of hours paddling away catching a few fish. If you want to take your family out for a fish I recommend using corn as berley and letting the kids catch a few carp.

Wyangala and Burrendong dam

Both Wyangala and Burrendong have been fishing well. Wyangala has probably being the pick of the places with a lot of small cod around 40cm caught mainly on lures. Bait at both dams has taken a lot of silver perch from the bank and there have been some good-sized silvers as well. Mixed in with the silvers have been small to medium golden perch, a few catfish and carp.


1. There’s nothing better than sitting back, soaking a few worms and getting hooked up.

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