Goldens starting to move
  |  First Published: August 2009

With the wattle trees full of colour and the temperatures getting warmer it usually means only one thing – it’s yellowbelly time.

It’s a quality time of the year; footy finals, longer days and active fish. I love fishing for yellowbelly as they are usually a very hard-hitting fish on bait or lure.

I usually don’t target yellowbelly until the wattle trees are full of blossom and the temperatures are on the rise. The yellowbelly are just starting to fire up. Not massive fish but I say any fish is a good fish. Numbers are up with anglers reporting two or three yellowbelly roughly between 25-35cm being caught in a session.

One of the spots i have found produces good size fish is behind the Shepparton Lake. It is a lovely stretch of water, which most people usually just pass it by and head further down stream.

Another great local spot in Shepparton for yellowbelly is the Broken River. It may look narrow and shallow but its a ripper of a spot. Grab your rod and a handful of lures and walk along the banks casting hard against the bank’s snags and weed beds.

The fish in the Broken seem to usually be fat and hard hitting which is great. The fight is not a long one but its a hart stopping experience getting smashed by a yella and fighting it out of the snaggy river.

A word of advice, don’t take your expensive Jackals and other lures out in the Broken, the trusty Stumpy and basic spinnerbait is dynamite in the Broken and now with the water is warming up the shrimp will be moving so get out there and enjoy the fishing.

Kialla Lakes

Anywhere along the banks is a good spot and I have learnt there is no right or wrong spot.

It’s an easy place to fish; just jump in the car with a flick stick or bait rod and walk the banks chasing big fat goldens.

The best action just a hour or so before dark, so I can’t think of a better thing to do on a nice sunny September day than to take the rods out to Kialla.

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