Blowering dam during August is usually rising and water slowly flooding over new weed beds and snags is associated with fantastic fishing no matter where you’re from.
These sorts of conditions normally draw fish to the edges of the dam to hunt for food that has just been submerged by the rising water. These fish are normally very active and can be quite easy to catch at times.
Bait fishing from the bank is a good way to target the edge-hunters and the beauty of this is that you never know what is going to eat your bait next. Yabbies work well during the warmer months but they are normally very slow going in Winter at best, so the best baits to use this time of year are soft baits like worms, maggots, grubs or even artificial baits like those in the PowerBait range.
My favourites are wood or bardi grubs because you have a far bigger chance of hooking one of the monster Murray cod that this lake is famous for, but you also have a good chance of catching a nice trout, a redfin or even a hybrid carp. All these species love to eat big, juicy grubs.
All the other baits have there moments but it’s good to know you’re pretty much covering all bases by simply using grubs.
Casting lures for trout from the banks is always worth a shot this time of year, as is polaroiding. Look for banks that have been stirred up from rising water levels, wind and boat activity and target the edges of the dirty water.
Most trout lures are worth a chuck but locals have preference for Tassie-style lures, Rapala 3cm to 9cm minnows in floating and sinking models, Celtas and Rooster Tails.
I have been having a lot of success with lipless crankbaits and small paddletail soft plastics in trout colours over the last couple of seasons. These lures really seem to prove their worth when the fishing is tough. Sometimes it pays to give the fish something different to have a go at.
This time last year I was having a ball jigging for redfin that were mostly fairly large. They were mainly schooling in about 13m, slightly shallower or slightly deeper occasionally but 13m was a good starting point.
The lures of choice are the weird-looking ice jigs that have an amazing action when jigged, very similar to a shrimp or yabby trying to flee. It’s why they work so well, I think.
If the ice jigs aren’t working you generally need to change to only one of two lures to get them fired up. First try a lipless crank bait like a Jackall TN50. These noisy rattlers normally stir them into a feeding frenzy when the ice jigs have failed but if neither of these techniques fires them up, I find the softly-softly approach of a Berkley Gulp or Slider grub or similar tied to a 1/2oz jighead and retrieved very slowly with long pauses the best way to get them happening.
If you’re targeting Murray cod in the Murrumbidgee or Blowering Dam this month there is a very good chance of hooking that fish of a lifetime.
Most cod anglers have well and truly hung up their fishing gear for the season by now but those in the know will tell you that these anglers just aren’t keen enough.
Sure, you spend a lot more time on the water in the cooler months without a hit but when you do hook up, it is generally much bigger than the fish you were catching earlier in the season. This trend seems to extend to wherever Murray cod are present.
Whether you’re fishing the river or the dam, the best places to target these Aussie icons this month is in deep to very deep water, although it is not uncommon to catch these guys in shallower water during the middle of the day when the water is at its warmest.
Trolling big deep-divers like the 90mm and 150mm AC Invaders in the deep channels of the river will give you a very good chance of tangling with a big fish.
Just remember to try to keep the lure down in the strike zone at all times. This can be achieved quite easily with these lures by letting a bit of line out to achieve more depth or by retrieving a bit of line to make the lure swim shallower.
These lures work equally well on the cod up at Blowering. Stick to the deeper runs early and late in the day and head up on to the flats or shallower bays during the middle of the day for best results.
Towards the end of the month, casting spinnerbaits at the dam is normally very productive as it gives you the chance of hooking a nice cod before the end of the season or you could even hook a nice golden perch. These guys normally start to fire towards the end of August as the water very slowly starts to warm up.Reads: 651