Winter Wonderland
  |  First Published: June 2005

The trout season comes to an end on the streams and rivers on the Monday of the long weekend (June 13). The season on the whole has been a little better than the previous three but still a long way short of its best.

If you’re heading out for one last fish, look to walk long distances between fish. Gravel runs with the right amount of water over them can be few and far between and tend to concentrate fish in certain areas.

Flyfishers will do best on Glo Bug flies, while spin anglers will find it hard to go past large 7cm Rapalas in a custom ‘spotted dog’ pattern that mimics small trout that trigger an aggression response in large spawners.


The trout season may close on the creeks and rivers but the dams remain open for the entire year so don’t put the tackle away.

The numbers of fish may be down but size can make up for it. Some real bruisers get caught at this time of year.

Look to fish in the upper reaches of Lake Lyell, Thompsons Creek Dam and Lake Wallace targeting deeper water on the old river course. Fish will rest up there waiting for the right conditions to spawn.

Larger offerings can sometimes work a treat at this time of year. I know of big fish being taken on NO 2 StumpJumpers and large Rapala Shad Raps and minnows. So don’t be shy.

Bright colours on the lures, such as pinks and oranges, also work well in June.

Bait anglers fishing the trout dams will find it very hard to go past Berkley PowerBait; this stuff has just about put the worm into retirement, I kid you not.

If Ben Chifley Dam is open and the bubbler is going at the bottom end of the lake, look to fish the edge of this zone trolling redfin-imitation patterns for large rainbow trout and big redfin.


As with trout, the numbers of redfin will be down but rest assured, the chances of a PB redfin are high at this time of year.

You can catch me bright and early most Saturdays live on Australia’s No1 fishing and boating radio program, Hi-Tide, on 2KY with Kieran and Bruce, usually between 5am and 5.30.

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