Lows flows and big cod
  |  First Published: May 2016

Welcome to the all-new column for the Wagga Wagga region! It’s great to be on board writing this report for you all and I hope I can help share some secrets and tips that will help you catch more fish! The report I’ll be writing will cover a range of different locations in the Riverina region.

May as you all know is the beginning of winter around Wagga Wagga, and for most anglers, it’s time to put up the rods and sit at home in front of the fire. However, with the right knowledge there is some good fishing to be had throughout this month.

The ‘Bidgee

The Murrumbidgee River is a brilliant location to be fishing, especially at this time of year. You will find on many days that you will have the river to yourself, which can help with catching more fish. Downstream of Wagga Wagga and all the way to Hay is the pick of the locations.

If the weather is clear, sunny and warm, than the start of May will fish the best. These are the conditions we received in early May last year and the fishing was the best it had been all year.

The reason May can be good fishing is the irrigation season has finished and the water flow is minimal – this means we have plenty of big logs and structure to fish, without the added flow. The preferred method by far is casting 5/8oz spinnerbaits, as they can be cast tight in against all the timber that we can now see and are the most snag resistant option.

The water will be clear, so opt for natural colours in mixes of greens, blacks, purples and blues. These are my favourite to use at this time of year.

It will even be worth casting surface lures in against the still water late in the afternoon. The Gobsmacked Rattlesnakes and Leviathans are my choice of surface lure. In saying that, in can be hit and miss in May, but if you put in the effort you will reap the rewards.

Old Man Creek

Old Man Creek is another option at this time of year, and should fish very similarly to its big brother, Murrumbidgee. It too will be low and clear, which makes for the perfect surface fishing location. Last year we managed to land a 90cm Murray Cod on a surface lure on first light in the heart of May. So if you are keen to walk the bank and target cod on the surface, Old Man Creek is well worth a shot.

The Gobsmacked series again is the pick of the lures and walking up and down from any of the reserve access is the best way to fish. The rule of thumb for this creek is to make sure you target the snags! It’s very important to make sure your lure is running past, over and near all the submerged timber. If you find big willow trees, work these as well.

Tricky trout

Only a little way up the hill and the trout in the Tumut will be on fire! They have been feeding brilliantly over the past few weeks with the low water flows. They have been caught on all methods of fishing, including fly, lures and bait drifting with worms.

If you are going to be lure fishing, make sure you have a 6lb fluorocarbon leader and try a mix of small hardbody lures, small spinners or Tassie Devils. A lure I’ve been using with success in this water on the trout is the Sebile Flatt Shad Mini 4g. It just works brilliantly on trout and is well worth having in your lure collection.

That’s it for my very first Fishing Monthly report for the area, and if you’re in the area and looking to fish hopefully this report will now point you in the right direction. Thanks all for reading and I’ll be back next month with even more great fishing news!

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