Fish are biting

The Burrinjuck Convention was conducted over the weekend with the biggest yellow belly (3.07 kilograms) caught by Zane Zhao, from the Canberra Fisherman’s Club.

Adam Camilleri from the Botany Bay Club took out the junior division, with a fish of 2.19kg.

Only 69 yellow belly weighed in as the competition was for the biggest fish not the most fish caught.

There was also a catch and release competition.

Saturday was better for fishing on both bait and lure. The weather was overcast with wind. The sun came out on Sunday but the reports were of quieter on Sunday morning.

Murray cod (closed season): good numbers are being caught as is the norm during the closed season. I managed two cod on Monday evening while fishing with a purple stucky lure. I had not had a touch for three hours while both casting and trolling. Picked up my first fish at 7.30pm when it was dark. Finished with two cod around 60 centimetres and two yellow belly before 8pm. Bait fishing with yabbies is also picking up the odd fish. Good reports coming from the Murrimbidgee River.

Redfin: again the competition was for the biggest fish and only 35 were weighed in. Stan Celeban from the Wagga Boat Club Anglers took the gong with a beauty of a fish weighing in at 0.84 kg. A worm on a hook seems to be the best option.

Silver Perch: only the one silver was weighed in over the weekend at 1.12 kg.

Carp: the heaviest carp, 4.48kg, was caught by Chris Stolk on fly using a 2kg line. A total of 329 fish were weighed in with a total weight of 586.29 kg. A 4.32 kg fish was also landed by Terry Tatton from Wollongong while lure casting. Most fish were caught while bait fishing.

Turtles: still hearing of the odd turtle capture, mainly on worms. Please release them unharmed.

Park news: St Georges Trophy, Burrinjuck Bell 2012 Champion Club.

The Botany Bay Sportsfishing Club won the competition, followed by Wollongong Sportsfishing Club, Canberra Fisherman’s Club, Happy Hookers SFC, Sea Bees Boating Club and Ocean Beach.

Current water level: 85.5 per cent. 

Current discharge: 7372 millitres per day.

Current inflow: 1442 ml per day.

Water visibility: up to one metre.

Weather: sunny and warm for the weekend, with temperatures reaching around 24 degrees Celsius.

New moon: November 14.

Full moon: November 29.

Water temperature: 20 to 23 degrees Celsius.  

Lake Burrinjuck

Lake Burrinjuck