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  |  First Published: May 2006

May has to be one of the best months of the year to fish Blowering Dam, with just about everyone’s favourite species on offer.

The water temperature has dropped significantly over the past month or so, which has slowed the redfin enough to let something else have a go at your lure, fly or bait. The redfin lately have been a bit bigger than in previous months, numbers are dropping off but the size is improving which is pleasing for anglers. A few to 1.5kg have been reported and once reddies hit the 30cm mark they put up a decent battle and are definitely worth targeting on light gear.

Reddies are some of the tastiest freshwater fish you can get so if you’re after a feed, take some redfin home for dinner and by doing so you won’t be doing the rest of the dam any harm. I don’t encourage the taking of any other Blowering species because their fighting qualities far outweigh their table qualities. I practise catch and release with all species except carp and the odd redfin for the kitchen.

The Murray cod and golden perch are also starting to fire with the water temperature still in their comfort zone. The best technique for the yellas has still been repeat casting of lures around standing trees in bays and off the occasional point.

The yellas are also starting to play the trolling game with Stuckeys the pick of the trolling lures. I have also heard of some good catches on yabbies, with one lucky local recently landing 16 goldens on yabbies bobbed from his boat up around the powerlines somewhere on the Batlow side.

The cod have been, and I reckon still will be, willing to take the odd trolled lure. There have been some big fish landed and some big bust-offs. My wife has experienced two big bust-offs in as many outings to the dam, although she tells me the next one isn’t going to be so lucky because she’s reloaded her Pflueger Trion with 30lbbraid.

Most cod are falling to big deep-diving lures, mainly in red and black or purple and black, in five to nine metres of water. The cod and yellas I’ve been getting have consistently come off points, although a lot of the time several trolling passes are required. But these magnificent fish are worth the hard work.

I also believe trout are going to start to feature more regularly among the catch reports.


The last month of Autumn is also the last month of high irrigation flows in the Tumut River. Fishing can be tough in these high flows but knowledgeable anglers are still getting some good fish. The biggest I’ve heard of over the past month or so was a 2kg rainbow trout caught on a gold No 36 Tassie Devil, which is the lure of choice at the moment.

Other lures, like sinking Rapalas and bigger than usual soft plastics are also getting results. Remember with the fast flows, fishing with a heavy lure like a Tassie Devil or a metal spoon (which is what the majority of the locals are using) makes more sense in these tough times.

The Murrumbidgee is still fishing quite well with most techniques catching fish. Cheese is still a popular bait but shrimp are by far the best bait, if you can find some. Lure fishers have been doing OK as well, with spinnerbaits the most consistent takers but a few anglers who have been willing to try something different have been catching some monster yellas and the odd cod on big paddletail soft plastics. The 4” green with black core Slider Grubs are doing the most damage.

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