Skiers gone, back to the fishing
  |  First Published: April 2015

Now that summer has left us, the majority of the non hard core skiers and water sports enthusiasts will steadily decrease, allowing the fish to settle and hopefully come back on the chew.

It’s fair to say that the northern end of the lake took the honours this summer, fishing a whole lot better than the southern end with most reports of reddies being from up this end. While the reddies are still not great numbers, if you are after a feed then the Doon end is your best bet.

There’s still the odd report of yellowbelly being caught in and around structure on spinnerbaits, but the trollers have also picked up a few dragging Predatek lures in about 6m of water.

On the cod side of things, it has been very difficult to know when the fish are going come on the chew and when they do, the window of opportunity is only very short. About 1-2 hours is about the maximum time they’ll spend on the chew so if you are not spending a lot of time on the water it all comes down to being lucky and being in the right place at the right time. The numbers have been fair, not outstanding, but good reports of fish from 60-70cm are common with the occasional big fish up to 90cm.

There has also been some nice trout around, all browns, following soft plastics right up to the surface and eating the lure at your feet and they’re all very nicely conditioned and aggressive. Black and gold T-Tails are a standout along with the garry glitter Squidgies and Jackall Mask vibes.

Recently, NSW Fisheries legalised bow fishing for carp and requests have been made for Victoria to follow suit. Personally, I would love to get right into this, it would be great fun wise, and would also put a dint in the population of these disgusting pests, so I will get onto the guys from fisheries and keep you all posted as I try and help make it happen.

Something I must mention is there are lots of stories from disgruntled anglers fed up with people trying to or actually trolling on the inside of them whilst they are casting a bank. It’s not rocket science, this is where common sense and common courtesy need to be applied, if someone is casting a bank you are trolling along give him a wide berth of at least 50-70m each side or ask if they mind (most would) because it may turn ugly. We are all out for a good time so think of others first and there won’t be any drama.

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