Big fan of cod? Freshwater crocodiles about
  |  First Published: December 2016

With the warm weather upon us, the fishing has been looking better every trip. It’s shaping up to be a killer season amongst the Northern Tablelands area. Copeton Dam has been sitting pretty steady lately, around the half full mark. The fish are more comfortable and getting into feed mode. There have been plenty of yellowbelly and cod caught on a variety of lures and techniques lately, including several big fish off the surface.

The Beardies is a bit discoloured from previous rains but has been fishing well lately with plenty of redfin caught on vibes, spinnerbaits and Celtas. The standout catch was a 49cm redfin taken by a local angler on a Mazzy Vib, fishing late in the evening.

The Severn is still at a general flow and is also fishing very well. Good numbers of cod have been caught on most lure types, although spinnerbaits, swimbaits and surface baits have been the most effective. Early mornings and late afternoons are the most productive. The water clarity in the Severn is currently pretty clear. This could change if stained waters make their way down from the Beardie headwaters.

With the water level sitting so high at Pindari Dam in recent weeks, fishing from the banks has been harder than usual. Many trees are submerged as well as other structures, so having a boat will definitely increase the chances of catching fish.

A few fish have still been getting caught from the shoreline. Fishing the banks early in the morning is always a good way to catch fish. As the sun comes out and the day gets hotter, focus more on deeper waters. Pindari has recently been very close to full.

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