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Hume trout crank up
  |  First Published: September 2003



FIRSTLY, I must say g’day to all readers and introduce myself. I guess I’ve been a fishing nut my whole 23 years of life here in Albury and I’ve fished around here for as long as I can remember.

Thankfully, Albury is close to a stack of locations for native fish and trout and I do my best to fish at every opportunity. I’ve been a regular contributor for a number of other magazines and I hope I can consistently produce reliable monthly reports for you. I would like to thank Bryan Robson for his efforts on these pages over the past five years. After speaking to Robbo just recently, he hated to admit that he rarely got the chance to wet a line these days. Finding photos and new source material to report was becoming tough and he asked me to take over the reins. Best of luck to Bryan in the future.

LAKE TROUT

Without doubt, September is the pick of the months on our local lakes, in particular for lure fishing. Lake Hume is filling after great rains and, best of all, reports of trout taken on the troll are starting to filter through.

Last September was by far the most consistent time for the lake’s trout. The Hume is not known for its great numbers of trout but the general size makes it worth the effort. Browns from a kilo to 2.5kg are the average. Flatline trolling, primarily with the Tassie-style lures, is the most productive technique.

It’s always an idea to have a spread of lures, such as two Tassies and a couple of divers, to find out what’s working best. The ultra-deep Merlin and the new 50mm AC Slim Invader are handy. I suggest fluoro pink tones and silver, which match the lake’s smelt population. The trout are taken in Winter and Spring throughout the lake but it would be worth concentrating your efforts from Bethanga Bridge to the Huon ramp.

Our great little puddle at the western base of the Snowy Range, Khancoban Pondage, is a certainty throughout September, particularly on lures. Mudeyes are a gun bait and will work well but the toughest ask is finding them. I love lures at this time of year because you can almost guarantee that the bulk of the big browns are back from the rigours of spawning and are now feeding up.

Trolling very shallow lures over the tops of the weed beds at first and last light is the go. I’m a stickler for minnow lures here but the problem is that most dive too deeply and stick in the weed.

The simplest suggestion that I can make is to drop the speed down if you are using minnows and continuously work the rod. Working or pumping the rod makes them more attractive and prevents them from diving anywhere near maximum depth.

Trolling with an electric outboard and braided lines is also a big help and if you can combine all these factors with an overcast day, I’m sure the odds will be in your favour. I suggest the Knol’s minnow, 70mm floating Rapalas and the Baby Merlins.

UP THE DART

Dartmouth dam is on the rise and the fishing since April has been great. Certainly there are no big trout but plenty between 300k to a kilo. As usual, the area around the dam wall has been the hot spot.

Tassies behind three colours of lead core, or six metres below downriggers, has been the go. The early starts are a tough ask at this time of the year but have been the best plan of attack. Stack on layers of warm clothes and it shouldn’t be too much trouble.

If you are trolling, keep a lookout for wind lanes. The Dart is a massive expanse of water and wind lanes attract trout, especially rainbows. You will generally find timber and scum on the surface of these lanes and trout will never be too far away.

NATIVES SLOW

The natives, primarily the yellowbelly, will be a little slow but the warmer days can sometimes spark them into early action. Lake Mokoan, near Benalla, is very shallow and warms quickly. It’s not a pretty waterway but the numbers and general willingness of the small yellas on bait can make it worth the drive down south. Try small yabbies or night crawler worms and don’t be scared of fishing the very shallow water.

Lake Hume’s upper Murray arm up towards the Whyma ferry can turn on great yellas on bait at this time of the year. It’s very hit-and-miss between all the carp but if you are keen on tangling with a yella close to town, give it a shot.

Worms are the prime bait and if the yellas are not having a go, the carp will keep you on your toes. Look for any type of hard bottom, either clay or rock, and the more timber the better. If you have any questions then feel free to email me at --e-mail address hidden--

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