Hot Surface Action at Clarrie Hall
  |  First Published: December 2002

IT’S CICADA time at the dam, and early morning and late afternoon sessions are providing anglers with hot fishing on the surface. The torpedo-style fizzers with slow presentations are fishing well, as are the bubble pops and big mouth rigged soft plastics.

The timber is also fishing well on spinnerbaits cranked at speed, and this trend should continue. Just throw in your favourite colour and crank it back. Spinnerbaits are working well around the patches of lily pads too, with the shallow bays and deeper water fishing well in low light conditions. The bass are pretty aggressive so you don’t need stinger hooks.

The deep points are still fishing well on soft plastics, and this will improve as the weather gets hotter. My favourite plastics are the EcoGear 2.5” Grass Minnows rigged on 1/8oz and 1/4oz Eco jig heads. My preferred colours at the moment are the purple with blue fleck and motor oil. There’s a big range of colours available, giving you an option for all situations.

At the time of writing the dam level is around 40%, providing anglers with plenty of surface area to fish. The excellent launching facilities at Cram’s Farm give you plenty of room to turn and launch your boat into deep water.

The water clarity is very good throughout the system, with good fish in the middle and top reaches of the dam. The water mixer has maintained steady water temps, and the oxygen levels are excellent considering how dry the year has been.

Clarrie Hall has excellent protection from the wind, and the Cram’s Farm end has toilets and BBQ facilities with a huge area for young children to play. Remember that the dam is electric or paddle power only, and be sure to observe NSW Fisheries regulations during your visit.

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