Although April isn’t my favourite time of the year to chase native fish, 25° to 30° days just seem to keep them firing.
These mild average days are ideal for camping and most weekends I’m setting up my swag alongside a river somewhere.
Lake Hume is still fishing well if you enjoy catching small reddies between 200 and 300g. Consider yourself lucky if you’re able to find a school holding fish worth bringing home.
There are still some reports of a couple of reddies around 700g – monsters, if you ask me. Trolling is by far the best method. Buying bait is a waste of money from what I’ve seen in my last few trips with all the tiddlers around. Being able to upsize your lures usually separates the runt reddies from the ones worth eating.
Last month the local Jindera and Burrumbuttock fishing clubs released another couple of thousand golden perch and Murray cod around the Twelve Mile, between Albury and Howlong.
This area has been poached for years and without these local groups putting in their time and money, the future would be looking pretty ordinary.
The fishing has been hard below Lake Hume in the Murray, mainly due to high water levels and extremely fast currents. The water has been so quiet some might think the fish have been washed away.
Basically, it’s been anglers using baits, such as grubs and yabbies around snags and willows, who’ve been doing any good. There have been no reports of real monsters coming out but I did hear of a cod of around 11kg from the Corowa area on a size 1 StumpJumper.
The action has also slowed upstream of Lake Hume. The water levels lately have been all over the place, rising strongly one week and then falling the next.Reads: 650