Dams are filling quickly around the Central West – Burrendong is at 112% and rising, Wyangala is at 102%, and Windamere’s at 44%. The water is dirty, but the fish are still biting on the edges.
Yellowbelly have moved up into new ground. Baitfishing is the best way to target them at this time, and the best baits at the moment are worms and yabbies. The best banks to target are rocky steep banks with a few trees. You’ll only need to cast about 5-10m off the bank. The times to fish are early morning and late afternoon.
As the water clears up over the next few weeks, and warmer weather hits us, water temperatures will rise. Fish will go into spawning-mode and start to school up on the flats, and around the trees. Plastics will come into their own, especially bright plastics, if the water still isn’t clear. In clearer water, dark and clear plastics will do you best.
Drop your plastic down the tree and don’t stay too long – fish usually bite after eight drops or so. If you have no luck move to the next tree. Once you find the fish, you can catch a bunch. My best on one tree is 36 fish in 40 minutes. Get out there and get some cricket score catches in the next few weeks.
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