With the area receiving average rainfall for the past couple of months and with very little water being released from Lake Hume, its water level has finally risen above 10%, meaning the 4-knot speed restriction for all watercraft has been lifted.
With the water rising, more and more anglers have been launching boats and having a long-awaited fish and the brown trout have become active enough for most anglers to catch two or three on most outings.
The trout to date have been very small but anglers putting the hours in will be rewarded with some larger specimens.
Most of the fish have fallen to trolled winged lures such as Tassie Devils, Cobras and Stings in a wide range of colours. The most popular and successful have been shades of silver, pink, brown, and yellow/green.
I have had heard of a few reports of anglers having success trolling scrub worms behind cowbells in the deeper, more open water around the dam wall. If the fishing is quiet with the winged lures, I recommend giving this technique a go.
Redfin have been a little quiet. Those trolling winged lures for trout have reported the odd reddie but there haven’t been many large bags of fish. Large schools are easily located on sounders but finding a school of active redfin that will take lures has been rather difficult.
Towards the end of the month when the days become warmer, the redfin will become more active and will start to take noisy lures such as the Luhr Jensen Hot Lips or the A & B Lures Tiny Boy.
With the forecast for above-average rain over the next few months and an already great snow season in the mountains, spring and summer are looking good for Lake Hume and organisers of the Yamaha Lake Hume Classic are busy preparing for the event on November 10 and 11.
This catch-and-release competition was cancelled last year because of the low water level but will be back this year bigger than ever. For details check www.lakehumeclassic.com.au or call Dave McKenna on 0401 745 705.
The Murray River below Lake Hume is very low at the moment, which makes boating very difficult and dangerous. Over the past month I have only heard reports from anglers targeting Murray crays, and it seems no one has bagged a huge amount.
Each year legal-sized (minimum carapace length 9cm, bag imit 5, only one over 12cm) Murray crays are becoming harder to locate along this stretch of water due to the pressure they cop each year during the cooler months. I believe that authorities need to have a serious look at doing more to protect this amazing species to ensure their long-term future.
Between now and the end of October DPI Fisheries is busy resnagging the Murray River between Howlong and Corowa, replenishing habitat for native fish that was removed from the river decades ago.
It is hoped that this will result in more native fish breeding in the area, particularly Murray cod and the protected trout cod, to ensure their long-term future.
If you have any reports of fish being caught in the Albury-Wodonga region or any photos, feel free to email them to me.Reads: 555