G'day fishos. It seems we've been very lucky to date regarding the way we've been getting our rainfall since the fires.
Apart from the one deluge that got Horse Creek pushing heaps of ash into the Upper Murray and also caused fish kills for Cudgewa Creek, Corryong Creek and Tooma River, we've been relatively fortunate.
It certainly could be a lot worse. Other streams have had fish kills too but I still reckon we've been lucky so far. Periodic smaller rain events have promoted a lot of growth and will hopefully keep us in good shape if and when we do get some decent storms.
Apparently, there's been a couple of landslips though in the Upper Murray and a few other streams that have given the water a real terracotta look. This won't affect the fish but those streams could take a while to clear again.
Let's just keep our fingers and toes crossed that we keep getting our moisture in small doses for a few more weeks as the danger is still pretty real.
Unfortunately, Blue Green Algae is our next drama with it showing up in numerous local waterways. There's no issues with fishing or eating fish from anywhere local at the moment so no need to panic.
I dare say the specialists in that area are keeping an eye on things and will keep everyone well informed.
Did a couple of little trips up the Mitta Valley last week and it was great to see a bit more traffic about and things starting to pick up.
The weather's supposed to be nice this weekend and the fishing's pretty good right throughout the region so why not head for Dartmouth, Mitta, Khancoban, Corryong, Walwa, Jingellic, Harrietville, Bright or any of those beautiful little places in between. Have a bit of a fish while you're there but make sure you drop in and have a meal or buy a soft drink and an ice cream and help those local communities survive.
Khancoban, in particular, has been doing it hard as the road through to Thredbo had been closed for quite a while.
Khancoban Pondage and the Swampy below are as clear as Gin and the Swampy, in particular, has been fishing well.
AT A GLANCE
Dartmouth(47.7%): is still the yabby capital of the region and good numbers are being pulled in.
If you like a feed of yabbies you'd better get yourself up there.
While you're there, and while you're waiting for those yabbies to crawl into your pots, why not have a troll.
There have been some reasonable numbers of trout coming in but a downrigger or a paravane would definitely be an advantage as most fish are coming from at least the 10-metre mark.
Streams: are generally still pretty low but are fishing well.
There are heaps of crickets about now to add to all the hoppers that are about so most stream trout are in pretty good nick and find either of those two hard to resist.
I was lucky enough to spend a few hours shared between the Snowy Creek and the Mitta River last Saturday arvo and between my son Ben and I, were able to pick up four trout and lose a few.
First fish was on a hopper pattern fly in the Snowy and the rest from the Mitta.
Although the Mitta had dropped slightly it was still running pretty hard.
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Lake Hume (17.7%): is still dropping but reddie fishing is pretty good. We've had lots of reports of decent bags coming in on worms, yabbies and various combos of vibes, blades and lures.
There's any number of little blokes about but there's been some nice fish caught. Shallowish water isn't an issue either, with decent fish coming out of as little as 3.5 metres! The yellas and cod seemed to have slowed a bit though.
Murray below Albury: had dropped a bit over last weekend and during the week but who knows what it's up to now? This results in a few mixed stories but, on the most part, fishos have been landing a few. Bait fishos seem to be doing best with "Chickens Hit", cheese and all the natural baits.
The Bidgee: is fishing well with good numbers of cod coming in on the same baits mentioned above.
Blowering (37.0%): has been slow and maybe your efforts could be better spent elsewhere at the moment.
Eucumbene (27.4%) and Jindabyne (70.5%): are both ok without being brilliant although I did hear of one fisho doing well at Euc fishing mudeyes under bubbles late evening and into the night. There's also a few being trolled very early and late but they're hard work at the moment.
I see a few members of the Lavington Anglers Club went to Mallacoota to spend a couple of nights and a few bucks in that community and were rewarded with some nice flatties at the same time.