Native fish on the bite

Murray cod (closed season): good sized fish in good numbers are being caught all over the dam. One angler reported trolling up seven fish between 70 and 80 cm over two days on spinner baits. Last week, the majority of fish were caught trolling small to mid-sized hard bodies.

Yellow belly: the fish are biting despite the constantly falling water levels. On Saturday conditions were fine but unfortunately the wind on Sunday resulted in fishermen departing early. Some trophy size yellows have been picked up over the last few weeks, with reports of 60cm fish being caught at Scrubby’s and the top end of Wade Island. Stucky lures are a favourite with one claiming a 62cm fish at Scrubby’s. Shrimp are still on the move and are proving very productive for the bait fishermen. Small yabbies are also working very well. I also had a second hand report of 20 fish in the boat for the day while trolling on Saturday.

Redfin: much the same as last week. Bait fishing with worms is the better option if you wish to target the redfin although you may end up with more carp then redfin. The odd fish is also being picked up trolling. Barbers Flats is a favourite redfin hangout.

Carp: a lot are being caught. Worms, corn and bread from the bank is the way to go.

Park news: those regular campers and caravan visitors to the park will be happy to know that we have purchased a ‘Dump Ezy’ dump point for effluent disposal from portable toilets. This will be located near powered site 301 and will be ready to go in early December. I also applied for a grant to install three fish cleaning shelters through the Fresh Water Fishing Trust and I believe the grant application has made it through all the various committees. However, it is in limbo in the Minister’s office. Sorry, they will not be in for Christmas.

Current water level: 80.9 per cent.

Current discharge: 6414 millilitres per day.

Current inflow: 1244 ml per day.

Water visibility: up to one metre.

Weather: sunny and hot for the weekend. Temperatures are predicted to get up to 35 degrees Celsius on Sunday, winds up to 13 kilometres from the North West.

Full moon: November 29                  

New moon: December 13

Water temperature: 20 to 23 degrees Celsius. 

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