After dark for best results
  |  First Published: December 2007

What a great time of year January is: The cricket is on, the weather is bright, the beers taste better, there are a thousand flies around and the fishing can be hot.

At this time of year a great option is night fishing. Native fish can bite right through the night, especially when the weather has been boiling during the day. Bait fishing and trolling will bring great results.

And don’t forget to check the new fishing regulations regarding minimum sizes for Murray cod and the outlawing of the old setlines.

Consistent reports have come from the Macquarie River of a few small cod being caught, mainly on bait. But a few people putting in the effort with lures, in particular spinnerbaits, are being rewarded with larger specimens.  

Further out towards Gin Gin Weir and Warren, yellowbelly have been biting well on shrimps.

Out on the Darling and Barwon, fishing early and late on these iconic rivers will bring you the best results. The best baits have been shrimp, prawns and yabbies.


The fish in the Lachlan will stir and become active this month. This is the best time to fish the Lachlan and anyone going out there should expect to tangle with a few.  

Reports indicate there are cod being caught around the Forbes area, on shrimp and yabbies bobbed among the snags. This is an exciting method and the fish really hit your baits.

Wyangala and Burrendong dams have slowed recently but people are still getting a few fish. January is generally the best time to troll because the fish seem to be around that 4m to 5m depth and are aggressive. Trolling a variety of lure sizes generally covers all options.

Make sure you wear sunscreen because it can be bloody hot and with little shade on the bank, you can run into problems.

Those using shrimp and yabbies tight against the snags will achieve results. Another effective technique is to fish from dusk and into the night, especially if the fish have been quiet during the day.

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