The staple reddies, yellas and cod
  |  First Published: May 2017

As soon as the irrigation season draws to an end and the water level starts to rise, the cod fishing should go absolutely off its head. With a bit of luck the lake will still be around 65%, which puts it in a great position to go close to filling even with an average winter. It seems that quite a few yellowbelly have been taken recently around trees. They seem to school up with large numbers of redfin.

On a recent trip Melissa White picked herself up a nice yella and a lazy 50 or so reddies – not a bad session at all, well done. Brett Reilly loaded up on a great conditioned cod just as a storm was coming through. It’s always a great time to fish for natives as it sends them into a frenzy, but don’t take any unnecessary risks and stay out in a bad storm. Be very aware of your limitations and judge accordingly.

As the water temperature drops significantly over the next 6-8 weeks. Make sure you have all your wet weather gear on hand and your PFDs are in good working order. Shaun Eva also picked up a few nice yellas over the last month it has probably been the most productive March-April on the yellas for the last 5-6 years but I’m sure they will slow down pretty quickly now and it will be interesting to see if they come back on the chew in August like they did last year. Who knows? Depending on the weather, anything is possible.

The reddies are still on fire with loads of reports filtering through on a very regular basis with some crackers up to 50cm getting caught up near the pines. It won’t be long now before we will be flatlining for trout in freezing temperatures, so rug up and stay safe.

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