A nice drop settles the dust
  |  First Published: August 2007

Rain, rain, beautiful rain, with water levels rising in rivers and dams the fishing in August should continue to be good.  

Reports continue to come in about people catching fish in Winter. Good luck to those who gather once a year and head out to the Louth races in conjunction with having a fish and a few beers.


With the water rising and the clarity decreasing, bait seems the best option around the Dubbo to Narromine section of the Macquarie. The further you go west the clearer it seems to get and spinning becomes an option.

Find the deeper sections and troll lures that go down around 2m or 3m and you could be rewarded with a large specimen.


These two systems have received some much-needed rain which has at least given some life back to the system.

Big scores of yellowbelly and the odd big cod will be on the cards with water rising and new feed coming through to fish that have been stuck in pools.

This month a lot of people heading out to the Darling in conjunction with the Louth races and should have some good fishing with bait like yabbies and bardi grubs the best bet.

Shrimp will be hard to get but will be worth the effort once they are on the hook.


The river has slowed down a little over the past couple of months but some good reports are starting to come in and the fishing will continue to be good with a flush of water coming through.

A 30kg cod was caught out Hillston way on shrimp and I’m pleased to report it was released to fight another day. And don’t forget that the Hillston Hook, Line and Sinker competition will be held on August 23 to 26.


The Grabine Classic will be conducted August 24 to 26 providing that the water levels are safe and high enough. Wyangala continues to be slow but with rising water the fishing should improve.  

Bait is the best option; find a gently-sloping bank with plenty of new growth and a few silver perch and yellowbelly should be on the cards.

Burrendong Dam has not stopped with the action still good in the middle of Winter. Bobbing yabbies around the trees has been producing some big numbers of yellowbelly and a few cod mixed.  

Those throwing lipless crankbaits and other lures have also producing some good results.

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