KNOWYOUR FISH: GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT? OR FORGET IT?
WHILE there are 12 species of fish in Lake Cania, caretaker
offered his advice on some of the best to catch:
Yellowbelly, also called golden perch are snag dwellers. They are found in deep water and are attack feeders. Shrimp, worms and yabbies all make good bait.
Eeltail catfish, or jew are bottom-feeders and tend to be found around the lake edges. Any bait is generally good for them. Now is nesting time for catfish and that tends to make them aggressive. Look out for a particularly aggressive male by the boat ramp!
Saratoga are surface feeders. They can be found around trees and the edges of weeds. They are insect eaters, so can be caught using grasshopper or cicada lures. Not the tastiest fish in the dam.
Spangled perch are found everywhere and eat everything. However these are not often targeted because they tend to grow only to a small size. But they have excellent flavour, although also lots of bones.