G'day fishos. I'm sure you're aware there's a mouse plague in a big chunk of New South Wales right now.
Well, the cod are munching on them like there's no tomorrow as they cross rivers, creeks, channels and lakes.
That's all good - that's nature - but you need to know that there's a push for a poison called Bromadoilone to be used to try to turn the tide on this massive mouse plague. It's being described as a "Napalm-like" poison.
It really irritates me when journalists use inflammatory language, but it does make you sit up and think.
Obviously, the issue of millions of poisoned dead, or dying mice being predated upon by fish, birds, native animals and household pets has the potential to become a massive problem.
Let's hope the right people, in the right places, make the right decisions.
From a fisho's perspective, cod are only just coming back in decent numbers after drought issues in some areas.
Fish dying after eating poisoned mice certainly wouldn't help their recovery.
Dartmouth (64.1 per cent) - well, the Dart Cup's still on.
Yep, after a bit of uncertainty, it's all systems go.
There's sure to be a couple of little differences around presentation time and so on.
That's probably a work in progress depending on numbers over the next week and a bit, but the main thing is that we can all move about and go fishing.
Reports from up that way are thin on the ground as you'd expect, but it would be hard to imagine those trout wouldn't be having a bit of a crack.
The last report's we were getting were positive, but there were no definitive depths or lures that were standing out.
If I were heading up tomorrow, I'd be covering a couple of depths and would probably concentrate on flat lining and lead line with a favourite Tassie or a minnow style lure, like a Yakamito or Rapala
Streams - are now a priority to visit as we only have nine days left in the season.
Nearly all streams are in fantastic nick and very fishable, so floating a bait, flicking a lure or drifting a fly will all be well worth a try.
There's lots of spawning trout about with not much else on their minds - and that can be frustrating at times - but there should be enough hungry ones out there for you to be able to entice one or two of them to have a crack.
Cray season - has opened and, while not speaking to too many that went out, those that did went OK.
The reports I got were from the Murray around Albury and navigation of a low river is an issue. It's the same every season though, so nothing's new.
Two fellas I know well who love their craying reckon they had no problems getting their two each, landing about 30 good crays in only two rounds.
There's some decent cod being caught on a mix of swimbaits, surface lures and spinnerbaits in the river too, if you put the time in.
Big plastics, swimbaits and surface lures are all working pretty well once you find that big one.
Eucumbene (25 per cent) and Jindabyne (77.8 per cent) - are both a bit of work at the minute.
There's some good fish being caught on the troll, but they're pretty tough in general.
Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but Hume Dam (46.3 per cent) continues to produce some great redfin fishing.
I'd seen and heard of quite a few being caught, and found myself with a couple of free hours last Sunday arvo.
On the water at 3pm, I wasted a bit of time searching an area close to the Bowna ramp where I know a few had been caught recently.
I then took off to an area I'd actually caught a few previously myself, fished for an hour and landed about 30 nice reddies, kept 20 between 27 and 34cm and left at 4.30. If it were only that easy every time you went out.
All were picked up flicking twin plastics.
Plenty of other fishos have been doing well too, with many picking them up on the troll.
Trolling's probably a good proposition too, with a few more trout starting to show up, giving you a decent chance of a mixed bag.
Andrew Farrington was one of the lucky ones, picking up a 6.5lb brown trout on a tassie in the Bowna area last Sunday.
I've heard of a couple of other good ones since. Here's hoping they keep kicking on.
Mulwala - is still fishing well, with most fish coming in during the early hours of the morning.
Quite a few meterys were picked up again this week by keen anglers that were brave enough to get out in the elements.
Hope you all get the opportunity to hit the water at some stage this week.
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