G’day fishos. It certainly looks like summer is finally over, even though we’re supposed to get a few more days in the low 30s.
I’ll take low 30s though, if it means we’re well past those mid-40 days.
What will these cooler days do for our fishing, I hear you ask?
One thing's for sure, It’ll make a huge difference to the number of fishos who’ll get out on the water.
It was pretty hard to convince yourself to head out on one of those really hot days.
No doubt some species will appreciate the cooler change more than others, with the obvious one being trout.
The poor old trout were really struggling during that super-hot period, with a few dead fish in some streams.
But from all reports, they’ve come back pretty well.
Our natives have evolved around these sorts of conditions, so they all handled it pretty well.
That is, apart from the ones that were caught up in the fiasco in the Darling River where human blunders caused millions of fish to die.
Fishing in general seems to be improving in these cooler conditions, with redfin also showing up in better numbers of late.
Let’s hope the trend continues because we’re hitting one of the best times of the year fishing wise, in my opinion.
I suppose it won’t be long before we’re all sooking about the freezing cold. So let's get out and make the most of it while we can.
AT A GLANCE
Dartmouth (63 per cent): is still producing most fish from the depths, with that 15 metre mark being pretty popular with downrigger fishos.
It shouldn’t be long before we see more fish off the top though, as the weather keeps cooling.
Yabbies are still on the chew but may slow down as the cooler weather takes hold.
Blowering (26 per cent): is still falling slightly, but the big news is that there’s been a few bags of decent reddies reported this week.
It’s been a few years since Blowering produced good reddies, and I don’t mind telling you that I’m pretty excited to hear these reports.
One Wagga angler reportedly caught about 180 reddies with a lot of good fish among them. There’s also a few other reasonable bags been reported too.
As we all know, one sparrow doesn’t make a summer, so we now wait for a couple more reports. Then we can confirm this wasn’t just a flash in the pan.
The snowy lakes are all still dropping slightly and while there’s a few being caught, they’re not going gangbusters.
I'm also happy to report the south coast fished pretty well last week.
I snuck over with a few mates and just fished a few estuaries in the Narooma/Bermagui area. We had a great time.
We mainly fished plastics, but also used a few slim minnows to fish some shallow water and caught lots of flathead, flounder and a few good bream.
No monsters for us, but another couple of mates, Andrew Seymour and Shane Giddens have also been getting into a few in the Mallacoota area. Their best fish so far was an 820mm flatty.
Duck season opens this weekend too, so good luck and stay safe all you hunters out there.
All streams are looking good at the moment, even if they are a bit low.
A decent drop of rain certainly wouldn’t go astray in any of them.
The Mitta in particular is looking nice, as it’s been dropping steadily for quite a while now. It should stay at current levels for a while unless rainfall or a demand for power changes things, so it’s probably worth a visit.
The Tumut is in similar nick and is fishing well also.
Lake Hume (26 per cent): is going pretty well, with most fishos now reporting reasonable bags of reddies.
All methods seem to be working OK. There’s also been some decent yellas coming in, mainly on the troll, but the last time Hume got to these levels the “slow rolling a black grub” technique worked a treat and would be well worth a crack.
Mulwala: is still firing too, with some great cod coming in. All techniques seem to be working.
Bait fishos are catching plenty on chicken, yabbies or cheese. Lure fishos are trolling or casting and nailing some ripper fish among the smaller blokes. Custom fish sticks have been one of the most successful hard bodies, but plenty of others are pulling fish as well.
Surface lure/swimbait fishos have also been getting some quality fish during darker hours. The Murray above and below Hume is also fishing well with decent cod showing up among plenty of smaller stuff. Again, all methods are catching fish.