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High tide on Blowering
  |  First Published: April 2006



A lot more water than usual is being pumped into Blowering Dam due to the massive electricity demand from the Snowy scheme.

Blowering gets to reap the rewards because of its location at the bottom of the scheme and this has meant nothing but good fishing hopefully all through the Autumn.

Fishing has been excellent over the past month or so with redfin around 20cm to 25cm still the main catch although there have been a few whoppers up around 45cm. I’ve also heard more regular reports of golden perch, which is very pleasing.

The redfin are still attacking anything you chuck at them but the most reliable technique would have to be casting spinners like the old Celta, Rooster Tails or any cheap imitation – the fish don’t seem to mind as long as it spins well and puts out a lot of flash or vibration, both of which attract the little terrors from metres away.

Trolling is another good technique although I mainly use it for locating schools. As soon as I troll up a decent reddie I start casting straight back into the school with a small soft plastic or a lipless crankbait.

I can fish these lures at what ever depth I think the fish are and if I’m wrong, I simply allow the lure to sink to the bottom and then retrieve it back up through them. This nearly always gets the fishes’ attention and then their competitive nature normally takes over and they start fighting over your lure.

I’ve also heard of numbers of goldens being trolled up in quite shallow water, as well as quite a few being taken on yabbies and worms at night.

I’ve had quite a bit of luck with the yellas lately although I’ve had to work a little harder than the trollers. I’ve been casting from my boat right up into the backs of the warm bays with Jackalls retrieved ever so slowly with lots of stopping and starting.

This technique has worked fairly well with the key being to put at least 20 casts into every likely-looking bay. Sometimes it takes at least this many casts to draw a response.

RIVERS AND CREEKS

The Murrumbidgee and its tributaries have been very generous to anglers lately. A lot of cod are being caught on bait with bardis, shrimp and cheese the favourites. Lure fishing has been patchy but persistent casters have been getting them almost as often as the bait fishos with the bonus being fewer carp, especially when using spinnerbaits.

The Tumut River is still proving difficult with the high water levels causing havoc for most anglers. The river fishes best when the large demand for water ceases and it gets its character back. It then looks like a beautiful mountain river again, not a scary, ultra-fast irrigation channel.

The change will be only a couple of months away so you don’t have to wait too much longer for some peaceful river fishing.

The creeks around the area are still fishing well with most techniques catching a few big, healthy trout. The majority of the bigger specimens are falling for lures or flies.

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