Exciting times ahead
  |  First Published: December 2006

With Summer’s arrival the water temperature is rising in our dams and rivers, making for some exciting fishing this month.

The bass in the rivers have been really smashing surface lures in the early mornings and late in the afternoons. Some of the newer types like the SK Pop from Jackall, Pop-X from Megabass and Smith’s Towadi are really productive, especially in the clear colours. As the sun rises spinnerbaits, around 1/4oz to 3/8oz in green/pearl with copper blades are a good option along with 40mm lures that run down to around a metre. Some lures in this range are the local Marz, the Jackall Chubby and Ecogear CK40 and SX48 in brown, yellow or clear.

Beetle Spins or Bass Spins around 1/4oz rigged with green grubs are also excellent and can be worked right in among the weed and reeds. In the clearer Williams river brighter colours work well.

Up the valley both dams will be really firing this month with the warmer water but we’ll also see the arrival of the dreaded south-easterly winds making some really rough water.

Lake St Clair always fishes well this month with the increase in smelt and gudgeon activity. Because of very low water levels there is little good weed growth which makes it hard to find where the fish are holding. Working around the banks very early in the day with lipless crankbaits, surface lures and jerkbaits right in the weed pockets seems to target the bass. The golden perch like it out off the weed in around 2m.

Casting a fly or ultra-light jig from the bank is always worth the effort. Later in the day the bass and goldens move deeper around 6m to 9m, especially around tall weed pods or timber. Targeting these fish by trolling lures down to that depth or casting 3/8oz to1/2oz green or purple spinnerbaits right along the bottom. A black or purple Jackall Mask has a very quick sink rate and can be easily hopped along the bottom.

If mid-water fish can be detected I cast 3/8oz jigs with Slider grubs in baby bass or dark green because the fish are usually feeding on smelt or gudgeons.

Shrimp, yabbies and worms area very productive around the deeper drop-offs for catties, goldens, bass and increasingly silver perch.


Lake Glenbawn should live up to its expectations this month as its water warms to the mid-20°s, bringing out the schools of smelt. The silvers really come on the bite on worms around timber where you can see plenty of fine green weed growing on the branches.

This is a good month for giant goldens, which can be trolled up with deep lures in purple or mullet colours. Spinning the banks with lipless crankbaits, crankbaits and 1/2oz spinnerbaits will result in goldens and bass using darker colours early and late and more natural and lighter colours in the middle of the day.

Plastics like a Berkley Bass Minnow or Slider in neutral colours resemble the smelt that the bass and goldens feed on. Rig them on 3/8oz or 1/2oz jig.

There are not a lot of untouched areas to fish at present and so the person who puts in that extra effort should reap the rewards. It can get very windy this month so keep an eye on the weather map or cop a flogging in the main basin.

The Singleton Fly Club has raised $2500 for bass in Lake St Clair and $1200 worth from Macquarie Generation will also be stocked.

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