Fish seeking out cooler conditions
Rhys Creed | December 2016

Blowering Dam is full and looking spectacular this summer.

Looking back, 2016 was a successful year in the region on the fishing front. There was always a style of fishing that produced results during every month. Even during July, which is usually one of the slowest months, turned out to be one of the best!
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Time to get fly
Wayne Dubois | December 2016

It’s not all about the lures and flies. Local fishing guru Brad Harvey with one of the many cod he has been catching with yabbies at Blowering Dam.

Freshwater fishing in our lakes can slowly start to get tough this month, due to the consistent hot weather, high water temperatures and extra angler activity. To maximise your chances of some action this month, you’ll need to focus your efforts super early, late in the day and into the night especially. I say night especially because during the hottest months of the year, the best action for the natives comes after dark. The water and air temperatures drop to a much more comfortable level and the fish – just like us – feel more at ease to head out in search of a good feed.
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Black water worst-case scenario
Rod Mackenzie | December 2016

Scenes like this are appearing at many locations along the Murray River. What’s left of the fish will not be known until the waters recede.

We look for the good news in fishing reports. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. It must be reported, so we all know the truth – with such water-borne bounty swelling our lakes and rivers these past few months, you might think we could celebrate that our native fish have experienced some of the best breeding conditions seen in years. These were my thoughts last month, but a nightmare has returned, and on a much bigger scale.
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A fresh year freshwater experience
Adam Mears | December 2016

Handcrafted Aussie lures are irresistible to cod, as Hayley MacDonald found out.

The silly season is over, but the school holidays are in full swing. There’s no better time than now to take the kids outdoors to experience all things fishy. Apart from actually catching fish, kids and adults alike can have just as much fun collecting bait.
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New Years River-lutions
Kaleb Oxley | December 2016

A fine example of what the Goulburn River offers.

In the Murray River, reports have come in lately of a lot of black water around, which isn’t a great sight and is having an effect on both anglers and our loved native fish. Affected areas seem to be the Edwards River system including Yallakool and the Wakool rivers as well as the Barmah area. Although these may deter you, these fish have survived a lot through thousands of years and numbers are strong now, thanks to river stocking.
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Conversation doesn’t change
Bryan Pratt | December 2016

Murray cod stocked in food-rich waters develop rapidly. This one proved to have a stomach full of redfin and European carp.

The conversation around here hasn’t changed in many months. It’s still all about the weather, high water levels in streams and lakes, and the value of stocking waterways with natives. It’s supposed to be summer, but it still feels like spring. Anglers have had to respond accordingly. We’ve had continuing rain, relatively low temperatures and lingering snow on the mountains. That’s not summer.
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Hopping into a cooler fishing season
Steve Williamson | December 2016

Brown trouts like this beauty are a popular catch!

As reported last month, it took some time for the cooler weather to disappear last year, and in fact, we went straight from winter into summer. Last years cooler weather kept the water in Lake Jindabyne much cooler this year than in previous years.
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Thank cod, they’re back
Tony Bennett | December 2016

Those itchy twitchy feelings you get this time of year when you hear cod are starting to stir. With a three-month hiatus on cod fishing all but over, it’s time to blow the cob webs off the native gear and plan your assault on the next month or two’s fishing. Unusually high water levels in many places may make things tough, but one thing’s for sure: Lake Mulwala will be at its constant high level producing quality cod day after day after day.
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Go into depth with your cod techniques
Rhys Creed | December 2016

Continuing on from the theme of many other reports, it’s hard not to get excited about cod opening! Australian anglers have a soft spot for the icon as they are the ultimate predator and prized catch. We all love them, even when they play hard to get – that’s what makes every encounter with a cod so unique. Now’s the time to get back into targeting Murray cod!
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