Reports of lots of yellowbellies on Hume

GOT HIM: Josh Furze caught this trout on a frog pattern McGrath lure up at Table Top. To make things even better, it was his first time out in the boat with dad Dale.

GOT HIM: Josh Furze caught this trout on a frog pattern McGrath lure up at Table Top. To make things even better, it was his first time out in the boat with dad Dale.

G’day fishos! I think the whole country’s pretty happy the rain’s backed off a bit.

In particular, those directly affected living in the flood-prone areas.

It’s just a simple pain in the bum for most of us, but it must be a huge relief to you poor buggers who were living on the coalface – being evacuated, moving stock and so on. Let’s hope we’ve seen the worst of it!

The sheer quantity of water coming over the Lake Hume wall created a tourist attraction, with heaps of locals and visitors heading out for a gander while the gates were open.

It’s unbelievable to see the power of that much water.

It’s also unbelievable to see fishos still getting out there and having a go in among it all. ‘’The Wall’’ will still be a big destination over the coming weeks as we wait for other streams and rivers to settle. With the water still running pretty hard, just keep safety in mind. No fish is worth your life.

These few good days are certainly bringing the yellas on in Lake Hume. We’ve had some great reports of late, with all methods seeming to be working.

This is great news for those competing in the Leigh Martin Marine Mercury Classic, which starts October 22.

At A Glance

RIPPER: Sarah Barry caught her first yellowbelly while fishing the Mitta River. You can send your pictures to matthew.crossman@fairfaxmedia.com.au or 0475 947 279.

RIPPER: Sarah Barry caught her first yellowbelly while fishing the Mitta River. You can send your pictures to matthew.crossman@fairfaxmedia.com.au or 0475 947 279.

Dartmouth – is going great. Just about everyone you talk to is catching a feed or getting their bag. The fish seem to be at all sorts of depths. Flatlining, leadlining and trolling a crickhopper behind fenders or cowbells are all doing well.

Lake Binamboola – just below Dart is still producing good trout to 2kg, mainly on soft plastics but also on scrubbies.

YOU BEAUTY: A delighted Chris MacFarlane caught this 62cm brown trout while out on the Murray River recently. It weighed in at close to 2kg.

YOU BEAUTY: A delighted Chris MacFarlane caught this 62cm brown trout while out on the Murray River recently. It weighed in at close to 2kg.

Streams – are starting to clear a bit in a lot of cases and are starting to fish well, despite still running a bit hard. Drifting scrubbies seems to be the go. Another week with little or no rain would go a long way to seeing them really fishable.

Lake Hume – is looking fantastic and reports are coming in steadily about yellas on the troll, on the cast and angling from the bank.

Trout seem to be still going well too, with quite a few of the released fish now showing up. Darren and Michael Sinclair picked up five in one morning session, with the biggest 37cm. All were caught on sting lures.

“The Wall” – is still fishing really well, with both yellas and trout being caught in reasonable numbers by those in the know. 

Hamish Ormond

Hamish Ormond

Just make sure you’re doing the right thing down there, the last thing we need is to be denied access because of silly actions of a minority. 

Snowy lakes – all seem to be fishing pretty well.

ANOTHER ONE: Keen fisho Jim Jewell nabbed this 50cm, 5lb yellowbelly with a small oar-gee lure while fishing below the weir wall earlier this week.

ANOTHER ONE: Keen fisho Jim Jewell nabbed this 50cm, 5lb yellowbelly with a small oar-gee lure while fishing below the weir wall earlier this week.

Euc and Jindi have been fishing well for a while now on the troll, but with all this rising, water bait fishos are starting to fire as well.

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