October fishfest
  |  First Published: October 2005

The weather in October may still be a little indifferent but the fishing can be absolutely fabulous on the Central Tablelands.

Trout have returned from spawning and should be feeding up around the dam edges during low-light periods, while golden perch and other native species are enjoying the longer hours of sunlight and the increase in water temperatures.

Oberon Dam is a great place to fish in October, especially if you’re after one of the many brown trout that live there. Look for cruising fish in the early morning before any breeze gets up.

Fly fishing is possibly the best method to tackle these fish because a lure or a bait landing on the water will spook these already jittery fish.

Quite often these browns will be working a beat. I will often wait for the fish to leave, then take a punt on it coming back by making a cast while the fish is gone.

A small black or brown nymph, greased so it floats in the surface film of the water, usually brings these fish undone – if they return, that is.


If Oberon is for browns then Thompsons Creek Dam must be for rainbows. This month we may still see the odd rainbow in spawning mode and these fish may be hard to tempt, while others will be finished and will be all over a well-presented lure or fly.

With clear water likely, keep your line size down and try to keep a low profile on the bank.

Soft plastics continue to do well up at Thompsons. Keep the jig weight to a minimum and the plastics to natural colours. Vary your retrieve speed and rod action to find out what’s working best on the day.


Windamere, Wyangala and Burrendong dams should all be fishing well for golden perch, silver perch and catfish. Hopefully with some good rain, water levels will be on the rise.

Be aware that this water coming in can sometimes be a lot cooler than surrounding dam water. Although inviting for anglers, more often than not it’s devoid of fish. Better to fish a flooded flat away in the dam where the water has had time to warm.

Walking the bank casting lures and baits is one of the best ways to fish at this time of year. The fish are generally shallow and quite often are put off by noise generated in a boat.

Remember, you can catch me bright and early Saturday mornings on High Tide on 2KY with Kieran and Bruce for up-to-date information on the fishing around these parts.

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