Go deep for Blowering redfin
  |  First Published: July 2007

If you’re after a feed of redfin then head up to Blowering Dam during the Winter, where they can be found quite easily in deep water, mainly off points in around 10m to 15m.

My favourite way of targeting these fish is with ice jigs but occasionally even redfin get fussy and stick their noses up at these, so a different presentation is required to entice some strikes.

After an ice-jig rejection I normally change to either a rattling lipless crankbait or a Berkley Gulp 3” Minnow Grub in pumpkinseed or watermelon. On any given day during July the reddies will attack at least one of these presentations, you just have to vary techniques until you find what is working best on the day.

Fishing the same areas with yabbies and worms has been working well and should continue so but the secret is to keep your bait moving with a yo-yo technique.

Cod can still be caught during the middle of Winter and the best time is the middle of the day when the water is at its warmest. Trolling big deep-divers is the preferred way of targeting these monsters during the cooler months because they tend to shun smaller lures – I think they regard an attack on a small prey as a waste of energy and would prefer a much bigger, more filling, feed. That’s not to say that they won’t hit smaller lures, they are just less likely to.

Trout are starting to be caught in good numbers and should really fire this month. Trolling nice big Rapalas, Rebel minnows and the Australian Crafted Slim Invaders should get you bigger fish. Trolling winged lures like Tassie Devils in pink, white or gold is your best bet to secure a few rainbows.

Spinning from the shore works well during Winter with Tassies, Rapala CDs, Rooster Tails, Celtas and plastics. Bait fishing with maggots, grubs, worms or PowerBait should also get the trout biting.

Flyfishers should try something like an olive, brown or black nymph, a Mrs Simpson or Woolly Worm around the edges.


For those who haven’t heard, the Murray crayfish season at Blowering Dam has been cancelled for the next five years. These amazing-looking critters take around five to seven years to reach legal size so a break of at least five years can only be a good thing.

It was a terrible season last year when Fisheries officers observed only eight crays after inspecting more than 200 nets. The Murrumbidgee River is still open to those who want to chase the crays.


Time is drawing closer to Blowering Dam’s first running of a Profish golden perch event, to be held on October 20 and 21. Some of Australia’s best golden perch anglers will converge on this great Springtime fishery.

It presents a good opportunity for people to come and see some very knowledgeable anglers and some great fishing boats in action, all we need for a great event is rain to get the dam on the rise and the talented anglers will do the rest.

It would be good to see some of the locals, especially the self-confessed guns, enter the tournament and test their luck against the big boys.


The water in the river is low and crystal-clear at this time of year but the fishing for natives is usually great. A lot of people tend to believe that Murray cod can be caught only during the warmer months and don’t even bother to target them in Winter but this is far from true. Each year the biggest fish for the season is often caught in the dead of Winter and a lot are caught at night as well.

Spinnerbaits are the pick of the lures, especially at night, and most dark colours are getting results. Recently a massive 1.3m Murray cod was caught on a spinnerbait from a boat not far from Wagga and hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

Spinnerbaits have also been getting crunched by good trout cod, golden perch and big redfin, making for some ‘lucky-dip’ fishing.

Bait fishos are still getting some good fish and with the cooler water, getting a native to take your bait before a carp does is much more possible. Best baits have been cheese, wood grubs, bardis and worms with the odd fish taken on yabbies.

If you are after carp your best bet would be to use worms or maggots on light gear with a light sinker, preferably free-running, and a very small hook. Use this set-up in conjunction with a lot of berley to get them feeding and hanging around the area you intend to fish.

There’s no need to be too shy when berleying for carp because they are pigs and will just keep feeding and feeding as long as there is something to eat. So, if anything, overdo it with the berley.

Carp are a good ‘learning’ species for kids and adults and are good fun to catch when nothing else is biting.

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