It seems there's still some confusion regarding where state boundaries are, particularly on Lake Hume and Lake Mulwala, and this was highlighted after we got quite a few comments and questions after last week's article.
Unfortunately, Lake Hume has three state boundaries.
As far as FISHING goes, the whole of Lake Hume is Victorian with the state boundary on the Murray arm of the lake being Seven Mile Creek.
Seven Mile Creek runs in from the northern side and enters the Murray at the first reserve, just above the old Dora Dora pub, which is commonly known as "The Tennis Courts".
BOATING regulations are split and policed pretty evenly between NSW and Victoria using the reasonably large landmark of Bethanga Bridge.
Normally, Victoria police their regulations south of the bridge and NSW regs apply north of the bridge.
It's all pretty simple to this point but ... if you're a duck shooter, pollute the water to the point where the EPA has to be involved or you're boating around during a pandemic the state boundary is still the submerged southern boundary of the Murray River!
As a NSW resident, the best bet to stay out of trouble is to roughly keep to the NSW side of Lake Hume anywhere north of Bethanga Bridge.
You would hope a bit of commonsense will prevail if someone trolling along wanders a bit too far one way or the other and I'm sure it will, unless you're trying to smuggle someone interstate of course.
The whole of Lake Mulwala is covered by NSW FISHING regulations, with the Vic boundary for fishing regulations being the Ovens River where it enters the Murray at the Bundalong boat ramp.
Boating regulations on Mulwala again follow the submerged southern bank of the Murray River for the length of the lake.
Obviously, the southern side is Vic and northern side NSW.
Victorian residents are only allowed to be on NSW waters if they have the current COVID-19 paperwork on either lake and, as fishing is not an excuse to be in NSW, you'd want to choose your words very wisely if you get pulled up. I've heard both lakes are getting visited reasonably regularly by both police and maritime officers.
I know it all sounds a bit extreme but them's the rules and we've seen some idiots trying some stupid things at all borders to get around them of late.
Hume, at 50 per cent, has been tough for most while some are very happy.
Cindy Rapsey and partner Trevor Bent managed two very nice trout while fishing out of Bowna last Saturday and there were quite a few other good trout picked up during the week too.
Quite a few trout I've heard of are coming in on hard body lures such as the Mcgrath wide bodies but Tassies again are the average punter's lure of choice with the "Greyhound" and the "Golden Lab" being pretty successful.
Graham Wilson caught another 61cm trolling a Mcgrath Lure on Tuesday and spoke to a Vic Fisheries officer who told him he'd seen a couple of fishos with a couple of yellas each too.
Both had caught them on worms, with one being land-based and the other angling at a tree from the boat.
Dartmouth (53%): fished well last weekend for a couple of fishos we heard from. They landed six in short time Friday evening and 14 on the Saturday, from early morning to early arvo, with everything coming in on Tassies flat lining and lead lining.
The Murray: below Albury is pretty low but cray fishos are having a great time. Also, heard of another 74cm cod caught during the week but again, with the water so low, it's hard to get about.
Mulwala: has been tough for most but fishing the edges of some of those weed beds in that area seems to be the go.
A couple of our Compleat Angler customers have been using weedless plastics to limit the frustration of the weed and doing ok. They've been using the Zerek's or rigging their own.
Blowering (63%): was patchy again too, particularly for the lure fishos but Jake Adamiac, Brandon Coggan and Jamie Densley managed a couple of biguns last weekend.
Jake caught a 91cm, Brandon picked up his PB of 103cm and, unfortunately, Jamie missed out. Don't feel too sorry for him though, he's caught plenty over the metre mark before and was probably worn out from guiding these two onto the fish.
Burrinjuck (44.9%): fished ok over the last week or two, with some nice cod picked up, mainly by lure fishos fishing just before and just after dark.
Hope you can get out this week, enjoy.