Fish follow after water rises
  |  First Published: March 2016

It shouldn’t be long until the water starts to rise again and slowly starts to cover the edges, and bringing fish up into the shallows in search of worms and all sorts of other critters.

Once it starts to rise, we can get some more consistency in the fishing patterns, rather than just the shorter bite windows up the top end of the lake.

The Pines has fished quite well with reports of nice cod to 80cm getting caught on the troll, and the Storm Arashi is becoming a favourite of many anglers in a short period of time since its release.

There have also been a few yellas turning up in anglers’ catches, not the quantity that we saw in November and December, but enough to keep punters interested. Spinnerbaits slowly retrieved up alongside trees has been productive lately, as well as 2.5” black grubs on a 1/8oz jighead with a super slow retrieve.

There have been a number of trout caught with this method, and you are always in with a chance of picking up a redfin doing this as well.

The water clarity has improved a lot since a majority of the ski and wakeboard boats have disappeared, which is great news for anglers. Once the water level starts to rise again, the mouth of the Delatite River should become a bit of a hot spot with pretty much all species getting active.

Opportunities to land a trophy fish are very real indeed, and last year in March I caught a lot of reddies and on three occasions had brown trout over 10lb trying to eat 30cm reddies! Don’t be scared to use the biggest of your lures, as you could catch anything on them up there.

The law enforcement have been very busy this year, and I’ve never seen or heard so much about it in the 10 years I’ve lived here. They’ve been on the war path, so make sure you have all your safety gear ready and if you wear an inflatable PFD, make sure it’s serviced and dated or you will get pinged and some of the fines are huge.

Stay safe and enjoy the month ahead, it should be a gem!

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