Keep on the sunny side
  |  First Published: August 2007

This month tends to be a little on the windy side of life on the Central Tablelands. Big low-pressure systems push their way across the State at a fairly rapid pace, bringing with them those cold winds of August.

It’s the brief time between these lows that interest most fishos.

The days are just a little bit longer, and the sun is just a little bit warmer and the fish, especially native fish, sense this and they start to move around a little bit more.

Spawning urges are also triggered by these slightly longer hours of warmer sun.

You no doubt would have heard me over the years talking about chasing the shade during the hotter months of the year. The opposite is true when it’s cold; you really want to be looking for the sunny, north-facing banks of any lake, river or creek when chasing native fish at this time of year.


Carcoar and Ben Chifley dams should be firing for some big redfin this month.

I usually target shoreline structure casting lipless crankbaits and small spinnerbaits but trolling is also a viable option. The fish do tend to stack up in small groups so where you find one there are usually a few more.

In deeper water you tend to find schools of smaller fish and this is not generally where the bigger fish will be, so keep this in mind.

Redfin over 1.5kg are a possibility when casting and trolling at this time of year, just don’t expect them in the numbers you get the smaller ones over Summer. I would consider two or three good fish for an afternoon session as a good effort.

When working lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits this time of year, keep the retrieve rates down; you want just enough speed to have the lure working.


The trout season in our creeks and rivers is still closed so fishing these areas is definitely a no-no.

Rainbow trout in the many lakes around the area can still be targeted quite successfully at this time. The fish will still be in spawning mode and don’t eat very much but do show an aggressive response towards brightly coloured lures and flies.

Depending on rainfall and clarity of the water, I would be targeting the upper reaches of dams such as Lake Lyell and Oberon. Thompsons Creek Dam between Wallerawang and Portland is another worth a try, although the rainbows in there tend to move around quite a bit and can be found on rocky, shallow margins even down in the main basin.

Brown trout should have finished spawning and will be cruising around the shallows during low-light periods looking for any drowned morsels they come across. They tend to move a little slower and will be on their own most of the time.

So there are really plenty of options for a windy August. Hope to see you on the water and remember you can catch me bright and early Saturdays on Sydney’s 2KY radio station with Kieran and Bruce, usually between 5am and 5.30.

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