It’s the silly season again and the best escape for most to keep some sort of sanity is to get out on the water – it beats shopping hands-down!
Unfortunately, our local impoundment, Lake Hume, failed to fill as much as expected and the goldens were slower than normal for this time of year, particularly on lures. But, as always, some bumper fish have been taken by lure and bait anglers.
The Mitta Mitta River is currently running a banker and keeping the lake stable but it’s very likely that the levels will start dropping this month. Bait anglers fishing from boats anchored around trees have done well in previous years.
Redfin will become very active and receptive to small yabbies and worms fished on a paternoster rig fished directly below the boat. There’s no better eating fish around here than the reddies and I’ll be keen to give them a good shot.
Plenty of golden perch turn up for bait anglers as well, which is a huge bonus and there are always a few big fellas that frighten the hell out of the unsuspecting.
Down on the Murray below the wall, there should be plenty of yellowbelly around and they should be quite willing to hit lures. The key to success is to fish your lures dead slow. Casting along side drop-offs or snags and fishing as close as possible to them should yield a few.
As for lures, anything from 50mm to 70mm that doesn’t dive too deep will work. Reliable lures like the classic Shakespeare Midi S, 60mm McGrath and Merlin and the Custom Crafted Extractor will work. As with most locations at this time of year, the evenings are a magical time and that’s when the fish generally come on the chew.
Lake Mulwala will be on the agenda once again. Don’t forget about the Cod Opening Classic. It’s a great weekend and is starting to become a great social weekend with a good chance to catch up with anglers from far and wide. It’s awesome to see it total catch and release for Murray cod and golden perch again.
On the Murray from Albury to Bundalong, it’s great to see the results of local angling clubs’ restocking programs. There are now plenty of cod around.
Last season I fished an afternoon with a few mates below Howlong and I saw first-hand the improvement when we caught quite a few on bait. It’s very fast water and bait is the norm there. Bardis, yabbies, shrimp and worm cocktails and the newcomer, cheese, are top baits
CAPS (PICS FROM NICK)
To say restocking works is a massive understatement. Thanks to stocking by local angling clubs, plenty of cod now exist from Albury to Bundalong. Dale O’Meara and Michael Holmes show off a double hook-up of small cod taken near Howlong on bardi grubs.
It’s about now that Lake Hume’s redfin start to fire. Bryan Barber is a fanatical redfin hunter – and why not? They’re about the best eating fish in freshwater.Reads: 545