G'day fishos! What fantastic weather we had for our first "post-corona" fishing weekend. There were plenty of fishos out having a crack, by the sounds of it.
Most stream trout in Victoria would have seen a lure or two swung past their nose I reckon, as would those that cruise about in Dartmouth and all other popular Victorian lakes. It now looks like NSW's turn to open up regional travel and it's due to happen on June 1 - only nine days to go!
It's one thing to be able to fish locally, but I think everyone will be pretty excited about being able to travel further afield and visit places like Blowering, the Murrumbidgee River, Eucumbene River and all the Snowy Lakes.
Which will not only give a massive boost to the economy in those areas, but it must give all the locals a kick along mentally as well as we get back to some sort of "normality".
It's obviously up to all of us to keep on our toes as far as the social distancing things go, though. Nobody wants the rules changed back again, I'm sure.
AT A GLANCE
Dartmouth (50.1 per cent) - sounds like it was the star of the show, with just about everyone catching a few. I've spoken to a couple of fishos that only caught one or two. Still, I haven't spoken to anyone that didn't catch a fish.
On the other hand, I've spoken to a couple of crews that caught 15 and 16 in a day. The weird thing is, one lot were caught while downrigging and one lot flatlining tassies and King Cobras. How do you work that one out? That's fishing I suppose.
It was great to see most fishos coming back with a few fish. Interesting to see one particular photo by Phil Taubert, showing the gut contents of one particular fish holding at least 40 gudgeon. I suppose find the gudgeon, find the trout would be the logical theory.
There were lots of fish caught trolling fenders or cowbells with scrubbies or Tassies, and quite a few fishos added lead line for that bit more depth too. But there were still plenty caught flatlining without trying to get down.
Don't forget the Dartmouth pub is doing takeaway meals too. Be sure to give them a call and book one in!
Streams - fished really well by most accounts with lures, bait and fly all taking fish. As long as that drop of rain during the week hasn't dirtied things up, they should be well worth another crack this weekend.
Blowering (49.2 per cent) - has been pretty reasonable, with a few good cod and the odd yella showing up.
Casting, trolling and bait, all methods are taking fish.
Eucumbene (28.6 per cent) and Jindabyne (60.3 per cent) - have been pretty good, and the lucky locals that have been having a go have been doing pretty well in both. While Euc has risen about 3 per cent this month, Jindy has fallen about 2 per cent but it doesn't seem to be worrying the lure fishos.
That rising water around Euc would be great news to bait fishos though.
With the travel restrictions being lifted in nine days, I'd reckon social distancing might be an issue on the Euc River where spawning trout should be gathering in big numbers - particularly if we get another drop of rain in the meantime!
Don't forget the season for Murray crays starts on June 1 too, so if you're planning to head out you'd better get yourself organised.
Lake Hume (24 per cent)- has been extremely hard work.
Most fishos I've spoken to caught nothing. I actually put a little question out on our Compleat Angler Facebook page which resulted in a very rough catch/effort result of 47 hours fished by 10 fishos for one fish. All those in favour of filling the weir with concrete say yah! I might even start up a GoFundMe page.
The water that's been coming down from the Upper Murray for the last four months has made its way right through to the wall now, so the bulk of the lake has that clay looking colour to it. Even though the Tallangatta end of the lake is clearer, it's not what you'd call clear.
That's probably not helping, but you'd think there's got to be more to it than that, especially when you look at a lake like Eildon that's fishing really well at the moment in comparison, particularly on the cod scene. Might have to do a bit more research.