New water sparks fish
  |  First Published: September 2007

With the reports of good fish coming in more often than Paris Hilton drink-drives, you could be mistaken for believing it’s the middle of Summer.

Some new water coming into many waterways has woken the fish, which have decided to make up for the past few years of not feeding.

The dams are your best option at this time of the year for two reasons: The water levels are increasing and the fish are moving into newly-flooded areas; and September is the start of the Murray cod closed season so it’s a good idea to stay away from the rivers.

Remember, release any Murray cod that you come across until December 1.  


The fresh from the Winter rains has come through and the water is now dropping. The water is discoloured, meaning bait has produced the best results. Farther out, the water clarity increases and you have a good chance of targeting some yellowbelly on lures.

With a bit of water coming down from Queensland replenishing the Darling-Barwon, fishing should be great this month. Bait will be the best option, especially during the hottest part of the day when the water is warmest. Big hauls of yellowbelly can be caught on shrimp, prawns and yabbies.

Targeting yellowbelly and silver perch will mean downsizing your hooks. With Wyangala Dam releasing a minimal amount of water, the Lachlan has had a flush but has reverted to its former state.


Finding the deeper sections with lots of timber is the key, where bobbing shrimps and yabbies will do the trick.

Wyangala has finally come alive and the fishing has been sensational, considering how cold it has been. The main catches have been yellowbelly with the occasional by-catch of cod and silver perch.

With water clarity poor, spinning and trolling haven’t produced the numbers of fish that bait has, especially worms. When the water clears a little and you can see your lure down to about a metre, trolling should become more productive.

Some mixed reports from Burrendong Dam with some people still coming away with lots of fish and some reporting in a hard day at the office.

Yellowbelly and the odd redfin have comprised most of the catches with bobbing among the snags with live yabbies producing the best results.

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