The mouth of the Glenelg River has been opened with some manual spadework on June 16.
This excellent news means that the fishing will get a good boost, not that the fishing was bad! This was a much-anticipated event, and we are all very grateful for the digger’s work.
The closed river created good fishing, helped by the high water giving access to sections that are normally un-boatable. Chris Carson had some fantastic sessions with 2 inch cammo plastics, one session Chris pulled over a dozen 33-38cm bream from a drop off near the last pole. Great fishing and all released.
The main factor is to keep on moving spots, that’s why the lure anglers with electric outboards do well as they are constantly on the move.
Already we have had good rainfalls in the rivers catchment area around Casterton and the southern Grampians. If it continues we will have a good old fashioned winter, creating ideal ‘winter’ fishing in the Glenelg.
Targeting bream is better off the banks of the river, so try the stone walls that often have a second deeper ledge or along reed beds in good water depth. Last year around this time the locals had some great sport jigging blade lures, they simply motored into the wind, pulled up in the middle of the river and let the wind blow them back up.
On the best days, bream, mulloway and perch were pulled from the same section. Even the most sceptical were converted to the magic blade lures.
As expected, mulloway action has all been between Dry Creek and Canoe Camp. A lot of 2.5-4kg fish have been caught with several 8kg boated. The same area should fish well during July, even when the mouth is released. Best baits are squid, octopus, spew worm, rabbit, blue and white baits.
Shane Quinlan is again the legend with his 8.1kg mulloway along with several others, and some nice bream caught up near Hutchessons Landing. Shane’s secret is the constant use of spew worm that he pumps from the beach at Killarney over near Port Fairy.
The trollers have been going in the same section of the river, and I would suggest trying a little weight on your leader to get the lures and live bait down around 2-3m.
I risk alienating another info source but Robyn ‘Friday’ Telford who almost exclusively trolls the Dry Creek to Sandy Waterholes section told me he now prefers to use Storm Wild Eye 3 inch swim shads and he’s not fussed which pattern. Friday mainly fishes daylight hours around his work commitments and he feels the Storm lures have increased his strike rate.
With the mouth open it is possible we will see some bigger fish enter the river, matching the 20kg+ fish that have been caught during winter over the last couple of years, fingers crossed.
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