Darling remains murky
  |  First Published: October 2005

Although our rivers have remained relatively low for some time, the onset of warmer weather has turned on a few fish for those fishing the Central West.

Fishing has remained unseasonably slow for anglers in the Far Western Darling River, where the low and very murky waters may be contributing to the problem.

Long-term forecasts have predicted windy and wet weather, which will be welcomed by anglers out this way. Based on the success rates of long-term forecasts over the past two years, I won’t be betting my house on it.

Remember that the cod season remains closed until December 1.


The Darling River has remained at low to moderate levels with recent runoff from rains in southern Queensland pushing warm, murky water into the system. This slowed the fishing just when it seemed to be picking up during late August and early September.

Bait anglers have taken a few yellowbelly to 2kg using worms and shrimp. There have been some reports of the odd cod but these fish have remained very quiet recently.

The fishing over the next few months will depend a lot on the condition of the river. Further warm runoff from Queensland will keep the native fish subdued.

If the river settles and can clear a little, things should improve. Fishing over the next month should be best in snaggy, deeper sections using grubs, yabbies, shrimp and worms.


The Lachlan River has been the pick of the waterways with bait and lure anglers reporting spells of top fishing throughout most sections.

Anglers using worms and yabbies have reported good numbers of golden perch and the occasional cod. Lure anglers fishing around the timber have taken some good fish as the upper sections of the water column began to warm up.

Spinnerbaits and deep-diving lures produced some good goldens to 1.5kg and some good numbers of silver perch.

As the weather warms further, the fishing should continue to improve in this neck of the woods. Further rains would have good results as the river has remained stable for several months now.

Anglers fishing the timber with artificials should continue to take fish, as will bait those using worms, shrimp, yabbies and grubs.


The Macquarie River has remained very stable for several months and as I drove over it the other day I noticed how clear it has become. The clarity should make for some good lure fishing when the weather warms up.

Few fish have been reported in the Dubbo section due to anglers staying off the water during the closed cod season.

Anglers have reported some good yellowbelly in the Warren section taken on worms, yabbies and shrimp.

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