December is here and this is one of the most productive months for fishing the Glenelg River for both bait and lure anglers.
The last few months have seen a slow and steady improvement in the river conditions and the fishing on the Glenelg River after one of the wettest winters in quite a few years. Plenty of rain saw some of the best inflows into the catchments in the South West and this was a well needed flush out for all the rivers, as well as top up for the enclosed impoundments.
With waterways such as Toolondo Reservoir at dangerously low levels and in dire need of water, this was a very welcome relief, providing some water security for these popular fishing destinations.
Fast-flowing and dirty water made the fishing extremely tough at times, but not impossible, and there were still plenty of quality bream and estuary perch caught by anglers willing to put in the time on the water. Focusing efforts on the bottom end of the river in the estuary was certainly the best move with the bream being pushed down in search of the salt water wedge that managed to push in on the bigger tides.
Perch were also schooled up in the lower part of the river to spawn and at times were really on the chew. Taking note of the high tide times and working around those peak bite windows has been the difference between good and great fishing.
Just upstream from the estuary there are still plenty of bream and perch schooled up in the deeper sections through Taylors Strait. These fish can be easily located on the sounder, but tend to be very hard to tempt in the increased flows. Retrieving lures extremely slowly and waiting for very tentative bites is the key to coming up tight on some decent fish. Bait anglers also find it a bit hit and miss at times, but again persistence and fishing around the higher tides certainly accounts for some nice fish.
December should see much better conditions on the river and after the excellent flush out, all expectations are for some exceptional fishing. As water temperatures rise and the general clarity of the river improves, the long awaited edge bite should really start to fire up.
The mid section of the river up around Sapling Creek will produce some great fishing as both perch and bream start to spread out through the river again and move back onto snags and mudflats.
Lure anglers are spoilt for choice with the option to throw surface lures, shallow diving hardbodies and lightly-weighted plastics at the edges and snags. Likewise, bait anglers will start to present lightly-weighted baits like shelled prawns and cut crab up onto the shallows with great results.Reads: 340