G'day fishos. Not many sleeps left for all us keen cod fishos now.
At time of writing, weather predictions aren't all that favourable. But I suppose there's always that core group that will tough it out.
We had bits of storms about during the week but there wasn't enough in them to change much, so just about everywhere is looking very fishable.
The yellas have really come good in the Murray below Albury and in quite a few other places too. So, if you want to hedge your bets a bit I'd be tempted to use a smaller lure or two.
As we know, cod will also munch on small stuff as well as those big sucker lures. You might just give yourself a chance of catching a different feed.
A lot of fishos eliminate the chance of catching yellas by exclusively using cheese or chicken for bait. It might also be worth giving a bunch of worms or a medium yabbie a crack, too.
Just carrying on from last week's column re fish stockings, I hear Jindera Anglers Club has a few bucks ready to put toward another decent dose of cod into the Murray around 12 Mile Reserve.
Jindera has sort of adopted this area and has been seeding it successfully for quite a few years now.
So, there's a good chance that any cod you catch 10km either side could be related to those releases.
If you're a fisho, make sure you buy a snag or a raffle ticket so they can keep up the good work.
On the subject of New South Wales stockings, rumour has it the Narrandera hatchery has had a great preparation to this year's breeding season and looks like producing big numbers. The problem may be that with a lot of the big lakes around NSW extremely low, where will the fish go?
I'm sure there'll be no shortages of clubs putting their hands up.
AT A GLANCE
Dartmouth (54.04 per cent) - fished pretty well again this week, if you could get out of that wind.
Burnie Harris and his daughter picked their times while up there for a few days and did well on lead line, fender and worm combo.
That's been a successful formula for a while now, and with these cooler spells it'll probably be OK for a while yet. But with the first day of summer tomorrow, it won't be long until we have to go a bit deeper.
Had a phone call during the week regarding theft from cars at the ramp again, so keep your eyes open and your car locked.
Blowering (48.3) - has been great for those angling a few yabbies from the bank.
Both yellas and cod are being caught and there's been some rippers among them, so you could do a lot worse than Blowering at the moment.
Eucumbene (30.16) - fished well last weekend, probably because it was the first weekend without a howling gale for quite a while.
One crew caught 16 on the troll, and although there weren't any monsters all were in good nick as the lakes been rising fractionally for a while now.
I haven't heard anything from Jindabyne (82.43) or Tantangara (14) for a bit, so nothing much to tell apart from the fact that Tantangara is still falling and Jindy is still rising.
Anyhow, hope you catch a big cod for the opening if you get out there.
Lake Hume (35.82 per cent) keeps improving, and I reckon I heard as many reports of a few decent reddies being caught this past week as I've heard all last year.
Same old story, not everyone's catching them. But there's been quite a few reports from those who have.
Worms and yabbies around the trees, trolling and then casting blades once you pick a couple up, casting plastics if you sound a school are all techniques that have led to success. The yellas are having more of a dip. Hopefully this cooler weather doesn't slow them down.
Upper Murray - was low at time of writing and should fish really well dependent on weather. It should be clear and lure and bait fishos should have a ball.
The Bidgee - is at a great level. Water temps are at about 20 degrees and fishing has been great for yellas with a bit of cod bycatch, so there's no reason to think it shouldn't fire up too.
Streams - got that little freshen up, but there wasn't much runoff to make any difference. Despite that, they're still fishing pretty well with reports of reasonable numbers of trout in most areas.
Drifting baits has been successful, and small minnow style lures are also going well. Fly fishos have also reported the odd really good hatch and have done well when they strike one.
The Mitta - is still a bit high, and tough going for most. Although again, those small minnows are picking a few up.