G'day fishos. There's a couple of big closures coming up that you might want to be aware of.
Both the cray and cod seasons in NSW and Vic close at midnight on Saturday, August 31. So that only gives you the next two weeks and the following Saturday to get out and have a go.
Both crays and cod are still on the move if you're in the right spot at the right time, so if you're into either or both, you'd better get yourself organised.
The other big event following that is the Victorian trout opening on Saturday, September 7, the following weekend.
Oh hold on, I've missed the biggest of them all, Fathers' Day. Of course that's all happening on Sunday, September 1 and wow, what a weekend. All you dads can spoil yourselves rotten by fishing for trout and crays all day Saturday on the last day of the season, then allow the family to spoil you rotten Sunday. If only that was how it worked.
Anyhow, the point is, there's not much time left so you'd better get organised if you want to catch a trout or a cray before season's end.
Another event you should think about, particularly if you're a fly fisho, is the Rise Fly Fishing Film Festival which is taking place this Thursday, August 15 at The Goods Shed, 1/17 Church Street, Wodonga from 7.30-9.30pm. Three films will be shown, one based in Patagonia, one around the Wessels Islands in the NT and the last based in the Brazilian jungle.
Also, don't forget the Dartmouth Women's Classic on November 15 and 16.
AT A GLANCE
Dartmouth (60.9 per cent) - should be just delightful, if all the weather predictions are correct and you're into high winds and freezing you petuti off while it's raining, sleeting and snowing.
Yeah, this weekend doesn't look great for fishing anywhere. But hopefully we'll be able to get out if weather improves, as predicted, from Monday on.
Last week saw Dart fish pretty well again by all reports, with everyone I spoke to getting at least a couple for a session and anything up to half a dozen.
It was a mixed bag as far as what to use, with anything from flat lining Tassies and large minnows to down rigging to 15 metres plus, then throw in lead line or fenders or try a combination of both.
Just about every technique was tried and it sounded like all of them worked to one degree or another.
Streams - are only 28 sleeps from opening in Victoria (Saturday, September 7), and this drop of rain will do them the world of good.
NSW streams don't open until October 5.
Lake Hume (36.5 per cent) - was pretty much the same last week, with lots of fishos having a crack and not a hell of a lot caught.
Ian Dyball did pretty well, though, while fishing in the Lavington Anglers Club monthly comp last weekend, landing two great trout that went about 2.5kg each out of the water.
He landed both using a paravane and Tassie combo to get down a bit, and you can't argue it didn't work.
There were also a couple of cod landed from Hume again this week, with one being picked up near Braggs Bay and the other up the other end near Wymah.
Both fish were trolled on 70mm hard bodied lures, one on an Oar Gee and the other, a custom crafted Fish Stick.
Mulwala - has been pretty good again this week and another couple of meterys have been landed.
Most big fish still seem to be coming in off swimbaits, with the Jackall Gantarells being the most prominent in all the photos.
The Murray - upstream of Hume was a mixed bag on the weekend, with a bunch of us heading up towards Tintaldra and catching bugger all on a river that fell 600mm then rose 300mm, all in 36 hours. On the other hand, George Adamiac and son Jake landed six. Some mates of theirs landed a couple more down towards the old Dora Dora pub area, with most coming from bait. Oh well, that's fish'n I suppose.
Crays are still going great guns in the Murray from Albury right through to Mulwala, and the odd cod is also being caught, mainly on bait.
Eildon (40.5 per cent) - fished pretty well for both trout and cod again this week with the trout mainly caught flat lining Tassies and cod either trolled on big hard bodies or flicked up on the old reliable swimbaits.
Blowering (48.1 per cent) - has been steady, but there's always someone pulling one in. The keener fishos that hit it all the time are probably averaging one every second trip, but most fish are worth it, being 800mm to well over the metre mark.
Eucumbene (24.7 per cent) and Jindabyne (67.2 per cent) - have picked up a little with trolling and also angling from the bank producing some decent fish in both lakes.