G'day fishos. Wasn't the best weather to start the Victorian trout season last weekend but it seems those that braved the elements did OK.
Streams were all looking pretty good by all reports and most fishos got one or two.
As mentioned last week, it'll be interesting to see how the streams handle the predicted dryer-than-normal summer though.
All we can do is get out and enjoy these conditions while we can and hope that we get a couple of dumps of rain at the right times to keep the temperatures down and oxygen levels up during the summer months.
We could also be in for a bit of pain as far as Lake Hume goes too. Hume's already started dropping (around 250mm so far) which is pretty normal for this time of year but it's started dropping from a pretty low number.
Unfortunately we only got up to around 43 per cent (53 per cent this time last year) which is the lowest high we've had for a number of years.
With no water coming down the Darling, Dartmouth which is 30 per cent lower than this time last year, and Hume which is 10 per cent lower, are holding the futures of many thousands of people's livelihoods behind those walls, so let's hope those with their fingers on the release buttons get it right. I'd assume they would have to also calculate into their system the possibility of another dry year on top of this one, just in case.
AT A GLANCE
Dartmouth (58.89 per cent) was a battle over the weekend with that cold blast and high wind but, as usual there were a couple of crazy fishos that just couldn't help themselves and I'm happy to report they got fish. You'd want to catch a couple if you braved those elements.
They crew I spoke to tucked themselves around the corner of the "Eight Mile" and just kept working that patch of protected bank on the western side flat lining Tassies and were rewarded with half a dozen reasonable brownies. All came off the top bar one which was caught down a tad on lead line. Reward for effort there I'd say. Willow (Graham Wilson) managed a good fish from "Bananboola" just below the Dartmouth Township on Saturday arvo too.
Streams I've heard of reasonable fish from the Upper Mitta, Snowy, Little Snowy, Kiewa, Ovens, King and even a couple of nice fish from the Mitta itself despite it running pretty hard. It seems all methods worked pretty well. Richie Nye and Sarah Barry snared a couple out of the Kiewa on Sunday saying it was a tad high but plenty clear enough to spin. Both caught one or two so that makes the day worthwhile.
Lake Hume (42.96 per cent) Didn't speak to anyone that tried to fish it over the weekend but there were a couple of fish picked up during the week. Andrew Chaplin, from Wagga, caught a couple of yellas and a trout after launching at Bowna on Wednesday. The reddies seem to be about a little, although only really heard from a couple of fishos. Had a couple of good reports from fishos angling worms and yabbies from the bank that've been catching yellas and carp. The reports are from Drummonds through to Granya in the Murray arm but could be happening in the Tallangatta arm too.
Below the wall is running pretty hard now and while not breaking any records, there's still the odd trout and occasional yella coming through.
Blowering (53.6 per cent) Those couple of hours either end of the day for the cod are pretty critical up there. Not too much else is happening on the lake, so it's pretty tough, but won't be long till the yellas pick up there though, we hope!
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- Russell Mason, Compleat Angler