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Cod becoming more active
  |  First Published: April 2017



The Peel River has been fishing well, with cod taking poppers in the afternoon and into the night, and spinnerbaits during the day. Yellowbelly are taking spinnerbaits as well.

Namoi River is fishing very well for cod on the surface. They’re also taking spinnerbaits throughout the day and the night.

Downstream of Keepit it’s just starting to settle after the release of water. That means great fishing for cod and yellas on deep divers and spinnerbaits during the day and night, and poppers for cod of a night.

Lots of yellas are being caught on shrimp at Chaffey Dam during the day, and on bibless minnows and soft plastics late in the afternoon and into the night.

Lake Keepit has been fishing very well for cod, with most caught on large trolled spinnerbaits and large deep divers during the day. The yellas are just starting to come back on out there around the trees, taking both bait and lures.

The fishing has slowed down at Split Rock. You can still catch fish but it has quietened down a fair bit.

Trout streams have been fishing OK, with anglers picking up rainbows and browns on soft plastics, hardbodies, Celtas and small spinnerbaits. Catches should increase in April, and you’ll be able to fish for them throughout the day.

Yellowbelly catches will start to taper off this month, but the cod will start to be a bit more active in the mornings. I recommend grabbing the surface lures and spinnerbaits and hitting the rivers for some explosive morning sessions.

This month’s report has been supplied by the crew from AusSpin Lures and Tamworth Fishing Tackle. For more information on what’s biting and where, drop into the store at 15 Roderick St, Tamworth or phone (02) 6766 7100. The friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also check out the full range of AusSpin spinnerbaits, all manufactured in-store.

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