Fish don’t mind the chill

May 20, 2016

By Kevin Tyler

The indian summer is over, brisk mornings and biting winds are making the desire to sit on the river bank less attractive although the fish don’t seem to mind and the results of anglers much braver than me prove this point.

Cod and yellowbelly are still on the bite in the Goulburn and anglers fishing among the snags using worms and spinner baits are still catching fish despite the rise in water level and increase in turbidity after recent rains.

The chill and flush in the rivers are also resulting in a reduction of algal outbreak in the Murray River and fishing areas where it has cleared are increasing, although any fish caught should be well washed in clean water and only the flesh consumed.

While plans for a tuna trip are well in hand, I am also getting ready for my annual visit to the high country for a session fishing Dartmouth Dam. Fine and frosty mornings are ideal conditions to fish for trout in a part of the state that I love to visit.

Nestled in the hills with postcard panoramas of snow-covered alps in the background, Dartmouth is not only a great spot to fish, but easy on the eye as well.

The best method to fish ‘‘the Dart’’ is from a boat and trolling an attractor such as a Ford fender or cow bell with a bait or lure trailing behind. Just about any part of the lake will produce fish, from right in the middle in open water to next to the bank and among the tree line.

There is plenty of accommodation at Dartmouth, from a caravan park to motel style rooms, or if you prefer you can camp on the side of the lake.

I ran into my television repair man during the week. He said he spent last week camped beside a river in the hills and caught a couple of trout each night. He said fresh trout in the pan for breakfast were hard to beat.

Down south at Queenscliff anglers fishing the White Lady mark near St Leonards were catching squid and whiting as well as flathead near the shipping channel.

Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters said gummy shark, salmon and snapper were still providing action around the heads.

Rod said he had re-located his boat at Portland and managed several nice tuna last weekend. He said they were half-way out to the shelf but expected them to move closer to shore during the next month.

Fishing in Western Port is still good with anglers catching gummy shark in the deep water using fresh fillets of salmon or trevally as bait. He said the best time was on the turn of the tide. Whiting were also being caught in the grass beds near the submarine off Hastings.

North of the border at Eden, John Liddell said inshore fishing was producing snapper, morwong and flathead, and the best spots were off Boyd’s Lookout and Green Cape.

John said action off the shelf was hit or miss now although some kingfish were being caught by anglers trolling for yellowfin tuna.

At Narooma, Graham Cowley said it was a similar story with big flathead on the sand near Montague Island and snapper and morwong off the reefs.

Graham said kingfish and some tuna were being boated by anglers fishing the shelf north of Montague and when the bar was too rough, bream and flathead were biting around the oyster leases inside.

Flinders Island has slowed right down and James Luddington said he has put the cue back in the rack for the next few months although anyone looking for a feed could still catch plenty of flathead and gummy shark.

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