Hot fun on rising water
  |  First Published: April 2008

With increased water levels in creeks and dams and fish feeding up big, there are some great opportunities awaiting anyone who wets a line this month.

Cooling water allows trout to feed in the shallows, making them a little easier to catch. Early mornings and late afternoons are still the best times to fish but if there is some cloud cover about, the fish will stay and feed in the shallow margins.

Lake Lyell has a reputation for producing some big brown trout in April.

You can run into these monsters by trolling small deep-diving lures close to the bottom, then moving out off any points into deeper water.

Trolling large flies on lead-core lines also produces some big fish.

Fly-fishing from one of the many access points around the lake is also a good option, especially late in the afternoon and into the evening.

Rainbow trout will also get in on the act but by using the above methods you can target these big browns.

Streams such as the Fish River, the Campbells and the Duckmaloi are all fishing well at the moment and will continue so into April.

When the weather is fine, the dry-fly fishing can be awesome. Small Black Spinners, Red Tags and Royal Coachman take their fair share of trout when the presentation is right. There should still be some grasshoppers about as well, so keep an eye out for these critters when strolling across the paddock to the river.


The whisper around the Central West is all about Ben Chifley natives.

This dam has always had the potential to produce fish regularly, it is just that the stocking levels have never been up there.

While I believe we still have a way to go, the fishing has been good. Sessions on warm afternoons have been producing an average of three or four golden perch between two.

Casting lipless crankbaits to the edges of ribbon weed beds has been the best tactic. Small Redfin can be a little annoying but I think that is what the goldens are feeding on.


Windamere can be a little busy over Easter but either side of this period it can be relatively quiet.

Rising water levels could change the way the dam fishes this Autumn. Last Autumn, with low water levels, the golden perch moved out into the trees where they were caught on yabbies and lures.

This year, with higher water levels, they may be encouraged to stay on the banks. I would be having a bet each way until one scenario outfishes the other.

You can catch me bright and early on 2KY on Saturdays between 5am and 5.30 with Kieran and Bruce.

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