The long weekend in June is the last opportunity for anglers to target trout in local streams and rivers.
If a severe cold front has come through the area in the last couple of weeks, water temperatures will drop, triggering some brown trout to move towards the upper reaches of local dams. If the cold front has bought some rain and lifted the levels of the streams, these fish will move up into pools and then search for shallow gravel beds to spawn.
Some anglers frown on targeting these fish, while others do so without question. I guess while ever you do so within the rules, it’s OK.
I have found you can still catch your fair share of fish by fishing the main pools below the entrances to the streams. Spotted dog patterns on Rapala minnows can be dynamite, along with splashes of red on spoons, spinners and even flies.
Not all brown trout spawn at the same time, which leaves quite a number of fish still in the dams and these fish can be quite aggressive.
Lake Wallace at Wallerawang is a bit of a hit-and-miss affair for most anglers. Its shallow, weedy waters are full of tucker for the trout that live there and your bait, lure or fly is like a needle in a haystack, for most of the year, anyway.
There is hope, though, with the cooler months of winter. These big rainbow trout get pretty aggressive as spawning time rolls around and from my experience they eat very little.
But they attack lures, especially large spoons, mainly as part of a spawning-related territorial instinct.
The success of PowerBait in the lake is a little different, though. Obviously the PowerBait closely reassembles trout eggs, something that these trout do eat at this time of year when the opportunity arises.
Now before you get too carried away and think this is a fish-a-cast opportunity, it’s not. One or two rainbows per session would be an average catch with a good chance of one of these fish around 1.5kg.
They hit like freight trains, jump, and tear line off a small threadlike with the greatest of ease and provide a very enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon in June.
Although dams such as Windamere, Wyangala, and Burrendong will be a little quiet this month, if you are after a good-sized cod then June is not a bad time of year to chase one. Don’t expect too much and be prepared to put in the long hours.
Big lures trolled slowly would be my first option, with a leaning towards metallic colours on bright, clear days. Repeat runs on likely banks are a must, especially if you see a good solid arch on the sounder.
Half-hearted bumps on the troll can be converted to solid hook-ups later in the day. Make sure you pinpoint the area, then come back and cast the same spot from the shore. Spinnerbaits are a great option for this, just lob them out and bring them back up the slope. You can catch bright and early Saturdays on radio 2KY with Kieran and Bruce, usually around 5.15am.
The author’s mate Webby has moved up north and plenty of locals will miss him, although Wyangala’s cod and golden perch certainly will not.Reads: 644