Slowly rising water levels and slowly dropping water temperatures are what can normally be expected at Blowering Dam this month and I’m sure the massive stock of brown and rainbow trout will be licking their lips in anticipation.
There have been good numbers of trout stocked into Blowering over the past six or seven years, making them a very worthy target.
Most people troll winged lures, which do work well at times, but the big educated trout that have been caught a few times before generally won’t fall for the same trick again.
So I like to use something a little different to increase my chances of hooking one of those 4.5kg-plus monsters. Over the years I’ve found that trout love to hit trolled lipless crankbaits and they seem to have a distinct liking for lures that are predominately gold. When the water is a little murky I’ve had more success on brightly coloured models.
Paddletail soft plastics, either pre-rigged or on jig heads ranging from 1/8oz to 1/2oz, are also great trout trolling lures. If you haven’t used them this way I recommend giving them a shot, especially when conventional winged lures aren’t working.
The abovementioned lures are also great for casting to these at times finicky trout but when casting from the bank I prefer the Rapala CD range, preferably the CD-3 but if it’s windy a CD-5, in rainbow or brown trout colours.
Spinners like Celtas and Rooster Tails, cast from the bank and retrieved slowly just above the freshly flooded grass and weeds, work well on trout and redfin and you might even hook a golden perch.
Goldens will be worth targeting in the shallows this month. They love to bask in the warmer water and lie in thick pockets of grass or weed waiting for an easy meal to swim or crawl by.
I like to target these fish with spinnerbaits and Chatterbaits because they ride through the weed better than most other lures.
Another technique that has worked on these weed-huggers is to cast into the weed with a lipless crankbait and rip it back out, freeing the lure from weed and attracting the fishes’ attention.
This technique can sometimes turn on the most shut-down fish.
This has been a very popular spot over the past few months and it’s little wonder, with some of the amazing catch reports.
One lucky Wagga angler recently visited to cast spinnerbaits for the first time and landed golden perch of 55cm and 60cm on 1/2oz spinnerbaits. He topped it off with a Murray cod of 55cm as well as countless redfin from the sticks on small hardbodies. I’m happy to report that other than a few redfin, all fish were released after a few quick snaps with the camera.
Redfin are in plague proportions at Mannus Lake but there are still plenty of redfin of 1kg to 3kg that well and truly make it worth a trip.
My last few trips to the lake have all been much the same – only a couple of natives but well over 100 redfin, which makes Mannus an ideal spot to take kids for a great day out actually catching fish.
Spinning from the bank with Rooster Tails or something similar is great fun year round because there is always a chance of hooking a monster trout while chasing those redfin.
Trout should really start to fire this month and are best targeted with PowerBait, worms or maggots or with small trolled hardbodies.
The small creeks in the Batlow, Tumut, Adelong and Tumbarumba areas have been fishing sensationally well this season and since they were mostly dry or not running last year, that’s very surprising indeed.
Most people thought it would take years for these creeks to get back to their former glory but it seems that the trout have got their own ideas.
Up to 40 fish a day rising to the dry fly has been the norm over the past couple of months and although the numbers of fish willing to rise to a dry might fall this month.
However, the fishing overall in these small streams should remain great.
The Tumut River has also fished well lately, thanks to the low releases from Blowering Dam. Anglers have made good use of the conditions with some good-sized trout on lure and fly, which is to be expected.
But there has also been an amazing number of big fish caught on bait this year, especially yabbies. One local angler has been combining PowerBait with a yabby for consistently good results all season.
There have been some massive fish reported from the Murrumbidgee River this season. The one standout is a very impressive 92cm trout cod and I can’t wait to see the pictures of this fish.
Trolling has been most productive lately but anglers should start to see a few more fish interested in repeatedly cast lures like spinnerbaits, big Chatterbaits and Jackall Doozers, to name a few.
Bait anglers in the Murrumbidgee and its tributaries have been catching lots of small to medium fish on cheese and shrimp with the odd big fish taking a yabby.Reads: 1991