G'day fishos. These fires are still hanging about a bit.
Selfishly, from a fisho's point of view, they've cut off a lot of areas we generally like to head for, with just about everything east of Albury a no-go zone.
I believe some roads have reopened, but I'm sure the best bet for this week, at least, would be to steer clear.
It's a bit of a balancing act really. Some say get up there and support those communities that have been affected, versus staying away while there's still a chance of flare-ups and becoming a nuisance. Hopefully another week will make a difference.
If you're at a bit of a loose end or you're just keen to see some Murray cod released, head down to the 12 Mile Reserve on the Howlong Road about 2pm this arvo.
Jindera Anglers Club has been fundraising during the year and has purchased a heap of little cod which will be heading in that direction.
The club has sort of adopted the reserve area and has been releasing cod there for many years.
Members would be happy to show off the little ones before they run around and distribute them in that area.
AT A GLANCE
Lake Hume (23 per cent) - is probably as far east of Albury as a lot of people are game to go. There's quite a few reddies moving, with the only issue being they are the ones that John West rejected. But there's always hope and there have been some good feeds caught.
It's still a bit of a mixed bag as far as what to use with trolling, flicking blades about and bait fishing all working at times, but most consistent seems to be angling yabbies or the humble worm.
Depth is also a bit of a mixed bag, with as little as five metres and up to just over 13 metres worth a crack.
Peter Costin landed four yellas and a 68cm cod on Thursday. With the lake dropping well over 1 per cent this week, there's quite a few fishos worried about where they can launch a boat. There's still six ramps in with one or two likely to be unusable within the next few weeks, considering releases from Hume are expected to increase slightly from around 12,000 megalitres to 13,000 over the next week or so.
With the lake now being at around 23 per cent, the next to disappear will be Huon at 20 per cent and then Bowna 2 at 16 per cent. It should be a while after that before the likes of Ludlows (10 per cent), Lake Hume Resort 8 (per cent), Kurrajong 6.5 (per cent) and Ebden (5 per cent) disappear.
The Bidgee - has been great of late, with reports of good numbers of cod being caught. There's still some belters among them.
From what we're hearing, it doesn't seem to matter if you're well above Wagga or way downstream, it's all fishing well. Lure fishos are nailing lots with surface lures doing really well early and late, while spinnerbaits are being used during the day with success.
If that's all sounding too strenuous the old chicken or cheese is the go, although there have been some reasonable yellas caught on yabbies and shrimp.
The Ovens River - anywhere below Myrtleford is well worth a crack, too.
This river is well known for good numbers of smaller cod but surprises you every now and again with a good fish.
All these smaller waterways are difficult to access unless you know a cocky or have access to a canoe or kayak.
Quite a few cod are being caught on the Murray below Albury. While there's a lot being caught on lures, I'd have to say most fishos have been using bait.
There are quite a few yellas being caught on bait too, but you really need to fish yabbies, worms or shrimp to catch them.
Lake Mulwala - has been pretty good for most.
Lure fishos trolling hard bodies around the 70mm mark or spinnerbaits in the shallows are faring pretty well, and there's also been a couple of crackers caught on swim baits and surface lures of various varieties.
You don't hear of too many fishos using bait, but it still accounts for plenty as well. You'll often see a light or two on the lake at night.
Those keen surface fishos are still catching the odd monster and with a full moon tonight, it's a big incentive for lots of cod chasers to head out. I suppose only time will tell if it was worth the effort.
Anyhow, if you're heading out, stay safe and tight lines.