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Hume trout pick up
  |  First Published: May 2005



The weather during the day has been reasonable so far but by this month the nights will definitely be cool to cold and Winter will have the upper hand.

At present there are still reasonable numbers of redfin being caught on Lake Hume but they are slowly dropping off.

A paternoster rig with a bunch of worms or a yabby still seems to be the best approach but finding a tree with the numbers of fish around it is the tricky bit.

Trolling lures around the lake is starting to slow down but again, if you are able to locate a school using a depth sounder the redfin can still be caught.

If a sounder isn’t available, try trolling lures that dive to around six metres and you will soon find the odd fish.

Early-morning trolling may be a good way to catch a trout at the moment and with the odd report coming in of good trout being caught on bait, it might not be too early to start chasing them.

Flatline trolling Tassie Devils around the weir wall area seemed to be the way to do it last year so trying this spot with some patience wouldn’t hurt at the moment.

KIEWA RIVER

At present the Kiewa is probably my favourite area to target Murray cod and with water levels perfect, the action should keep up for a while yet.

Bait fishing the deeper holes is a good way to target them with a nice fat bardi grub the best bait by far.

All my success this year has been on lures and in the crystal-clear water in front of you the strikes are almost breath-taking when the cod take the lure at your feet.

Spinnerbaits seem to be the best lures but surface lures take there fair share as well. On dark and during a full moon, surface lures are great and the explosion that comes with each hit can seriously give any angler a fright.

Although the Kiewa is a great cod fishery at the moment we have to remember that due to its size, these stocks will not last if anglers don’t play by the rules.

So just remember: There is nothing wrong with keeping a feed for the table but breaking the rules and taking too many fish or any that are undersize could result in massive fines, even the loss of all tackle – and the loss of a great fishery.

MITTA MITTA RIVER

With water levels steady over the past few weeks the fishing has been reasonable with plenty of good reports coming in of brown and rainbow trout up to about 1.4kg.

On my past few trips up the Mitta I have fished only the lower sections but I have had plenty of success on fly and lure.

During the day I’ve found lures such as gold and silver Celtas and trout-pattern Rapalas to be best, but a heavy nymph fished deep at the bottom of a rapid is my favourite way of taking trout there. The anticipation of the strike indicator disappearing at any second is a great feeling.

The evening hatch is still producing a rise but numbers during the past few weeks have definitely started to drop off.

Royal Wulffs and Humpies are my favourite dries but any imitations of a grasshopper would have to be worth a go, simply because of the plague numbers of hoppers around at the moment.

From previous years I’ve found the fishing on the Mitta to stay reasonable right until the close season so for anyone keen on trout fishing, time is running out because as soon as the closed season starts, targeting trout is against the law.

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