It’s slowly happening … The sun’s staying out a tad later and getting up that little earlier every day, water temps are just starting to creep up fractionally and we’re now getting the occasional story of a cod or yellowbelly picked up in the weir.
We’ve heard of two of each in the past fortnight – I know that’s bugger all, but it’s a start. I’m hoping each week we will see a couple of warmer days and a slight improvement in fishing generally.
Let’s face it, it won’t have to do much to improve out of sight.
It’s going to be interesting to see where this season ends up and how the native redfin and trout react to what everyone’s predicting to be a pretty dry season.
Hume’s already 30 per cent lower than it was this time last year, and you’d think a dry spring won’t help much.
Fish are funny things though and again, reddies and yellas won’t have to improve much to be better than last season, that’s for sure.
I can’t see the cod in Hume slowing, though.
They’ve improved every year for the last ... well … for a fair while now, and I’m sure we’re all hoping things just keep improving.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see what percentage Hume will be at by the end of December though.
Isn’t it good to see the wet stuff falling from the sky? Yet this should not dampen angler’s spirits.
Rain has been forecast for the start of the weekend with Sunday looking the best day to have a go.
Lake Hume still ordinary as far as trout are concerned but there have been some reports of reddies mainly taken on Vibes and plastics from around 8 to 10 metres from around the Bridge to Bethanga Bay, but the fishing is still tough.
Dart still patchy and again the need to change lures regularly and the ability to work through the water column is certainly providing a little more success.
The Murrumbidgee has risen a little which has made trailer boat access much easier and is fishing reasonably well.
Blowering is the current hotspot with James Densley and Clint from Compleat Angler in Wagga rewarded with Murray cod going over the metre mark.
Josh Read also got amongst them with his best fish being a chunky 63cm model that had beefed up on Redfin steroids. Ian and Darren weighed in some good trout at the Lavington Anglers club weigh in.
Remember, the Victorian trout season opens as the Murray cod season closes on September 1 and don’t forget the Lake Hume Classic on October 13 and 14.