More water to fish
  |  First Published: February 2008

With the recent rain and rising water fishing conditions are looking good and we should at least have some water to fish in over the remainder of Summer.

This time of year means hot weather, thunderstorms and fish.

Some of my best fishing for natives has come when thunderstorms are building. The fish sense it and can go off.

This will be my last article covering this region because I have secured a teaching position at Port Macquarie. I can’t wait to get into some saltwater fishing but I’ll sure miss the famous green fish. A big thank-you to all the people who have supplied me reports over my time writing for this region.


At this time of year the Macquarie can fish really well. A key is to fish along the edges of shady patches during the day. Willows are great spots to fish in hot weather because they provide the fish with shelter and cool that they seek.

There should be plenty of shrimp in the river and when they are running they generally are the best bait.

When casting lures at this time of year it pays to be very accurate and to get your lure as close as possible to the structure because the fish are holding right in close.


This is not the best time to fish these systems. To catch fish here peak times will be early morning and late afternoon when temperatures are at their lowest.

Big lures trolled or cast during the day could bring big results.

Good reports have been coming from the Lachlan with a lot of cod of 40cm to 60cm being caught tight among the snags on bait or lures.

Shrimps will be your best bait.

Don’t be scared to try unusual baits. My father recently caught a few cod on prawn heads – yes, just the heads. I think with cod it’s often the smell of the bait that attracts them.


Wyangala and Burrendong dams generally fish well at this time of year although both can also be a little hit-and-miss.  

Trolling and casting in the clear water should produce a lot of yellowbelly and the occasional cod.   

Bait fishing often slows down a little during the day but at night can be sensational.

John Howell extracted this yellowbelly from a very slow section of the river before flows increased after local rain and Queensland runoff.

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