G'day fishos. It's not getting any easier to keep you updated as to where we border dwellers can and cannot fish, because the rules just keep changing.
As things sit at the moment, fishing is still not a valid excuse for anyone from NSW to travel into Victoria and vice versa.
I'm not sure when that will change, but we'll try to keep you posted.
Dartmouth (72 per cent) - is steadily rising and should keep fishing well for a while to come.
Macquarie perch seem to be more active when the lakes high and rising.
With predictions of a wet spring, it should be another good breeding season for them. It'll also be interesting to see if the yabbies come out to play again this year.
Trout seem to be on the chew, with Tassies on top or with the aid of lead line going pretty well.
Gudgeons trolled dead slow or angled in amongst the timber is another successful alternative too, if you're looking for a change of pace.
Streams - in Victoria are only three weeks away from opening.
I'm sure there's plenty of NSW-based fishos hoping for some rule changes in that time, with me being one of them.
With water still oozing out of every nook and cranny, they look like they'll be a tad high. But that's pretty normal for an opening weekend.
Most catchments are in the same boat. With more wet stuff predicted, it could be a tough opening weekend. Only time will tell.
The Murray - below Hume has jumped as predicted. Releases are currently at 4000Ml, so navigating the river and catching a couple of crays has been made a lot easier.
Crays have been going well and this release will hopefully get them moving even better for the last couple of weeks of the season.
That's right, the season closes on September 1 in both states, giving you only 2.5 weeks to get out there.
This rise in water should kick a few yellas and cod into action too, you'd think.
Mulwala - is pretty dirty, but there's still enough being caught to keep interest up.
Be great to see how it fishes once it clears a bit.
Blowering (98 per cent) - is patchy, but apparently the odd, good cod is coming in on bait from the bank - fairly slow in general, though.
Burrinjuck (88.5 per cent) - produced a few decent cod again last weekend. There's a few small reddies and an odd yella being caught. Could be well worth a visit, particularly in a week or three when water temps start to creep up.
Jindabyne (76.7 per cent) - has been reasonably tough the last week or so, with a fair bit of effort for not too much - and smallish fish at that. Bait fishos have been doing OK, but there's not a great deal of size in them apparently.
Tantangara (41 per cent) - has risen sharply of late. Bait fishos are doing reasonably well with worms and Power Bait, while trollers are struggling a bit.
Hume Dam (90 per cent) - keeps rising and still fishing well. We're seeing some good bags of reddies but they have slowed, as you'd expect.
There's still plenty of fish carrying eggs and milt, so no major spawning has taken place so far.
You can still pick up a feed trolling and dragging at least one diving hard-bodied lure, along with a Tassie or two - it helps to hedge your bets.
Who knows, a yella or cod might just grab it - it's getting close to that time of the year. McGrath's, Custom Crafteds, Halcos and the like are ideal. There were some great trout caught again this week too.
Garry Sargeant got a 62cm, John Rezuk a 63, Matt Mildren a 61 and Jack Miller a 69cm just to name a few. Most were caught on Tassies, but Matt's was picked up on a diving hard body.
There were obviously plenty of others caught as well, with a lot of 40s and 50s among them; a nice table-size fish.
In even better news, there are more trout stockings for Hume on the way.
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