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Golden days are ahead
  |  First Published: November 2016



It’s been a very wet spring so far, which has refreshed the land and filled all our dams. Places like Blowering, Burrinjuck, Wyangala and Hume are full and looking incredible. The banks are covered in lush vegetation and the backdrops are beautiful green hills rather than bland clay banks. Even better news is the fishing is looking great for the month ahead.

Blowering Dam

Blowering Dam is always a hotspot during spring with the golden perch still in an active mood. Early November will continue to fish well and the perch will be starting to school up, so it’s not uncommon to see another 4-6 fish following the fish you hooked-up to the boat. They will be feeding aggressively and take most lures including small spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. I prefer to use the subtle approach of a soft plastic, because they not only catch the spooky fish but also active fish. The Gulp! Minnow Grub, PowerBait T-Tail and PowerBait Ripple Shad are proven golden perch plastics.

Trolling during the night is another great technique, especially around the November full moon. Spending the night trolling across the rocky points in 4-8m of water with 60-90mm hardbodies is well worth a try. The best lures for this are 70mm AC Invaders 30ft+ bib and the Strikeforce 80mm Cod Stalker. Make sure you keep your lure close to the bottom as this is where the fish will school. One metre from the bottom is the rule to remember when trolling for natives.

Murrumbidgee
River

The Murrumbidgee is very high and irrigation flows are running strong. The water will be getting close to the 20°C mark now which is perfect for resident fish. Bait fishing will ensure you land a few fish in the coloured water. Bardi grubs, yabbies and worms will catch all species. Try to target the still eddy water and backwaters as this is where the feeding fish will be.

If you’re looking to cast lures, look for the same locations and fish tight to the structure. Feeding fish will be sitting up high ready to smack a spinnerbait. Mud Guts 5/8oz spinnerbaits are the perfect lure for casting in the high flowing waters.

Lake Albert

This is a location I’ve yet to touch on, but in recent years it has returned as Wagga’s premier fishing destination. Situated in the suburbs, Lake Albert is home to a strong population of native fish that have been on the mend since the 2010 floods filled the lake.

The food in this lake is so good that the fish have grown quickly and anglers are having great fun. Both bait and lures have been working. November is one of the best months to fish the lake. Worms, wood grubs, yabbies and shrimp are perfect baits for all species – cod, golden perch and redfin.

If you’re looking to cast a lure, choose lures on the smaller side that have a rattle or give off a good vibration. Lipless crankbaits between 50-60mm are a great choice and the best technique is to hop them up and down off the bottom. If you’re trolling, then small hardbodies of any style will work wonders. The 50mm and 70mm AC Invader and the Strikeforce 65mm Whipper Snapper are my preferred choices.

Use your sounder to find the schools. Troll back and forth through the school and you’ll be entertained for hours. When casting from the bank, fish around the drain runoffs. This is where the fish school in casting distance from the bank. All the food runs out of the drains, so this is where both the perch and cod will be feeding.

If you’re after a family friendly day out this November, you can’t go past Lake Albert. If you’re keen on football sized goldens in clear water, get up to Blowering Dam before the end of the month. Plenty of great fishing is happening around the area!

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A selection of Strikeforce lures are perfect for golden perch.

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Jack Zyhalak presents a golden perch fooled on the Mud Guts 5-8oz spinnerbait.

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Murrumbidgee River goldens will be on the chew throughout November.

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The author with a late season golden that has packed on the pounds.

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The beautiful Lake Albert is full of water

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