Finally the rain has arrived and Lake Hume at last is at a level where boat ramps are starting to disappear under water, making launching boats possible for all anglers.
At the time of writing Lake Hume was a little over 7% and rising steadily. Until the lake reaches 10 % capacity there is still a 4-knot speed restriction on the Victorian side of the bridge. Hopefully by the time this goes to print the Lake will well over 10% and the speed restriction will not apply.
Although there haven’t been many boats on Lake Hume in the past month or so this will soon change as the water rises and the trout become more and more active with the cooler weather.
Trout can be caught in all parts of the lake but the generally the area between Ebden Reserve and the bridge is the most popular for anglers targeting trout.
Trolling winged lures such as Tassie Devils or Sting lures seems to be the most popular technique for trout on Lake Hume. I find that you need to troll a little faster than you normally would. A brisk walking pace is the ideal speed when trolling winged-type lures at Lake Hume.
Everyone has their favourite colour of winged lure. In a normal day’s fishing for trout on Lake Hume I might go through 10 different colours until I find one that is getting consistent strikes. My favourite colours generally are a combination of the following colours: Silver, white, brown, fluoro pink, yellow, green or red.
Trout can be caught trolling throughout the day but the best times are early morning and later in the afternoon. But, for some reason, the larger specimens I have caught over the years have all been caught around midday.
Bait fishing for trout is also an option at this time of year. Casting an unweighted scrub worm or a lightly weighted bunch or scrub worms in the shallows often catches trout. This method should be more successful this year because the lake is steadily rising over the grassy banks. It works best early morning and late afternoon when the trout are cruising around for a feed.
Redfin can still be caught at Lake Hume although they are harder to come by during the cooler months. Small yabbies or worms are the best option. Often at this time the odd redfin around a kilo are caught by anglers targeting trout with winged lures.
The Murray River below Lake Hume is very low at the moment, which makes boating very difficult and almost impossible in parts. This time of year Murray crays are the target species in this stretch of water and there have been promising reports of some good catches coming in over the past month.
I have heard of a few cod caught by anglers tossing a line in while on the river chasings crays. Jamie Stevens and Keith Simpson of Melbourne caught a 73cm cod on a 1/2oz Murray River Spinnerbait around the Howlong area.
I have also heard of a few disturbing reports of large number of setlines in certain of stretches of the River downstream of Albury. Seeing setlines is frustrating and disappointing at the best of times. It is worse hearing or seeing this when the river is as low as it is at present.
People who use setlines destroy the river and undo all the good work of local fishing clubs and groups that raise money to stock the river with native fish. Anybody who detects any illegal fishing techniques I recommend that you report the incident to DPI Fisheries.
If you have any reports of fish being caught in the Albury-Wodonga region or any photos, feel free to email them to me .
Keith Simpson and Jamie Stevens with a 73cm Murray Cod caught in the Murray River around Howlong.Reads: 1886