Reservoir Redfin & River cod
  |  First Published: March 2006

Lake Hume fishing has been steady with redfin making up 90% of catches.

Bait has been most effective method but trolling deep diving lures like the 50 and 60mm Vikings and Australian Crafted 50mm Slim Invaders has also produced some rippers. Worms and yabbies have been the best baits, fished on paternoster rigs around trees in 5 to 6m of water.

Targeting reddies by trolling has been a matter of finding a school and going over them until they move on. A fish finder is a must.

The golden perch in the weir have turned off since the start of the year with only the odd one or two coming out by trolling and not many more on bait.

With the fishing being quite steady lately, I rarely head out on the water without my fly rod because, in case of a slow session, I’ve been pulling up in bays to walk the banks chasing carp. These noxious fish are the most underrated freshwater sport fish around and turn a dull afternoon into an action-packed session. There are also plenty of small redfin that will happily devour a fly.

A few months ago Lake Hume was stocked with 10,000 yearling rainbow trout. On a recent camping trip with some mates I saw at least five healthy fin-clipped (an indication that they’re stocked fish from the hatchery) rainbows caught and released. This is a good sign that they’re flourishing and I can’t wait for winter to come when they really start biting. There were also 30,000 brown trout released at the same time.

Below Lake Hume in the Murray River there have been excellent reports right down to Mulwala of decent Murray cod. Most have been released and nearly all have been caught on lures, not the usual green cord that the area is renowned for – a good sign that anglers are moving on from the old techniques to a more selective method of fishing.

Reports of cod from 500g to 26kg have been regular among local anglers, with trolling bringing the best results by far. Casting has been very difficult lately because Lake Hume has been releasing so much water for irrigation purposes but there are still plenty of backwaters worth having a look through.

The Upper Murray above Lake Hume has been completely different. Due to lower water heights, casting has been better with areas to troll quite difficult to find. Spinnerbaits have been working best. Surface lures have also been stirring up some action. This style of fishing is really starting to take off for cod. Each strike is absolutely breathtaking!

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