Autumn fires
  |  First Published: April 2015

The month of April brings us to the middle of autumn and with continued good weather the Glenelg River should continue to offer plenty of great fishing opportunities.

March held true to form with fish spread right through the river, from the mouth to the upper reaches. With the mouth of the river remaining open, and no signs of it closing anytime soon courtesy of the water releases from Rocklands, some of the normal patterns of fish movements have changed to challenge anglers and regular thinking on where and when to catch fish. Through March estuary perch were regularly encountered in the lower regions of the river, including near the mouth of estuary (an irregular occurrence for this time of the year), as well as further upriver around Pritchards, and higher.

Bream have been abundant in the lower reaches on the incoming tide, as well as the upper reaches. While mulloway have been dominant from the mouth through to the mid section of the river around the caves, with the abundance of smaller fish a healthy sign of the state of the fishery and its positive prospects for the future.

April will follow the same pattern by all indications, and being prepared to move regularly on the river will be the key to finding fish. With the mouth remaining open the estuary will continue to fish well for bream on the flood tides, while the presence of constant tidal flows presents the best chance of hooking a better than average mulloway. The open river mouth allows mulloway to freely move in and out of the system, and often sees them congregate together in greater numbers to actively hunt baitfish.

Bait fishermen should have no trouble catching bream on a variety of baits, but by far the standout at this time of year is crab or podworm. Lures will also account for plenty of fish, with soft plastics such as Z-Man Grubz, shallow and deep diving hardbody lures, and vibes, all producing fish. Taylors Straight has also been holding plenty of bream on the edges, with all the usual bream baits and lures catching fish.

Further upriver the aforementioned baits will produce just like they do in the lower reaches, while for those keen to throw lures shallow running hardbodies and lightly weighted soft plastics remain the standout choices.

Despite the water flow and increased tidal influence the river has stayed remarkably clear, making surface lures a great option for anglers chasing estuary perch in the upper reaches of the river. Small poppers, walk the dog style stickbaits, or even dry flies are all very viable options to catch a trophy sized perch. First light, early morning or late evening are of course the standout times for throwing surface lures.

For anyone seeking bait, Nelson Boat and Canoe Hire can provide everything from fresh podworm to live mullet. They also have a great range of lures for sale in the shop so give them a call to order your bait or drop into the shop and Brett or Chris will get you sorted and ready to hit the water.

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