Weather turns but fish bite

May 13, 2016

Murray River with some sections now being cleared of blue green algae

By Kevin Tyler

How quickly things can change, this time last week we had some lovely mild autumn weather, and now we are expecting snow falls in the Alps and the wind has some bite in it.

The recent rains, while welcome, have caused the river to discolour and rise, the banks are also wet and slippery making fishing a little uncomfortable compared to the conditions we have been experiencing.

All this said, good results have been the norm for some time, and while lure fishing may be less successful for a while you might find the ever faithful garden or scrub worms will attract fish to your hook.

Before the rain all reports were still good for cod and yellowbelly being caught in the Goulburn and also all the other spots around the region including Lake Nillahcootie, as well as parts of Eildon and upstream of Lake Mulwala.

Good news regarding the Murray River with some sections now being cleared of blue green algae. Upstream of Corowa and Lake Hume, the red alert has been lifted and hopefully the river downstream will soon be cleared of algae as well.

Trout fishing in the rivers and streams of the north east will take a bit of a hit with the rain causing rises in water levels and faster flowing currents.

Lakes such as Dartmouth and Eildon should still fish okay although bait may be more productive until the water clarity improves.

At Queenscliff the fishing has not been affected with whiting biting around the mouth of Swan Bay and salmon being caught on the run-out tide in the rip. Offshore at Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove snapper and gummy shark are being caught using fresh salmon fillets as bait.

A trip to Hastings on Western Port is still worth the time with snapper being caught along the usual marks and gummy shark in the deep water near the shipping lanes. Whiting is also on the bite in the grass beds.

Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters has his boat located at Portland and said tuna fishing was slow last weekend and weather only allowed him one day on the water.

North of the border at Eden John Liddell said plenty of snapper and other table fish were being caught along the inshore reefs. He said anglers that took the time to head down to Green Cape reported kingfish and large flathead.

John said off the shelf game fishermen were working hard to catch yellowfin tuna but water temperatures were still a little cool.

At Narooma Graham Cowley said plenty of good sized flathead were being caught along the sandy bottom near Montague Island as well as snapper and other table fish by those who were fishing the reefs.

Graham said off the shelf to the north of Montague Island there were reports of mixed bags of kingfish, some yellowfin tuna and an occasional albacore tuna when conditions were favourable.

For what it’s worth, I took a peek at my Anglers Almanac, and it indicates that this weekend may not be the best for fishing, but if you are going to go, good luck.

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