Shepparton News

It’s raining on my parade, but plenty of fish are about

- Editor@sheppnews.com.au

That was a decent shower we had on Wednesday night, and at times the sound of the rain hitting the roof drowned out the thunder.

The outcome of this is that Eildon is now well over 80 per cent capacity, while the Hume is almost full and the releases from it are causing the Murray River to reach a minor flood level.

The banks of the Goulburn, which were already wet and slippery, are now sodden, making fishing from the bank dangerous.

I would expect the river to be on the rise at the moment; it will become dirty and care will be needed if you plan to put a boat on the water. There will be a fast current and hidden snags.

It will be a pity, the yellowbell­y were just starting to become active and the conditions will not put them off. It will delay them for a day or two and will put the use of lures on hold but worms, shrimp and yabbies will still attract them to your hook.

Eildon has been the most productive place to fish, and now we can go there I would try the Big River and Fraser National Park, or cast your lure and bait towards a structure such as a rocky ledge or tree for the best results.

A lure with a rattle in it seems to work well at attracting yellowbell­y.

At Eildon, you can catch a cod and keep it; despite the closed season, cod are not considered a breeding stock in Eildon and may be taken subject to size and bag limits.

There are also size and bag limits that apply to yellowbell­y; it is up to you to make sure you’re aware of them.

Trout fishing also took a bit of a hit with the rain. Rivers and streams in the north, east and Alpine regions took a rise and the fishing was difficult; scrub worms became the preferred bait.

Dartmouth was patchy this week with anglers getting best results using Fenders trailing a bunch of worms or mud-eyes.

Best areas were around the boat ramp, the wall and Larson’s Cutting among the trees.

While camping was washed out, there is always the caravan park and motel, and a mighty fine pub in the town, so don’t cross Dartmouth off your list.

Waranga Basin is near being full and reports of good-sized redfin have been reaching me.

The channels are also fishing well, with redfin and some yellowbell­y biting towards Stanhope, as well as the main eastern near Pine Lodge.

In fact occasional trout have been caught near Wahring.

North of the border there was good news at last, with the lifting of lockdown. Graham Cowley at Narooma said charter boats could resume operations with social distancing restrictio­ns in place.

Graham reported yellowfin tuna up to 60 kg being caught between Montague Island and the shore.

Down the coast at Eden, John Liddell said Mark and the boys at Freedom Charters had dusted off their gear and boat.

John reported good bags of snapper with some quality fish among them and said they were catching kingfish and flathead.

At Queensclif­f it was back on the water for Rod Lawn at Adamas Fishing Charters and boy have they had some action.

Rod said that off the bluff at Barwon Heads was going ballistic as well as some of his fishing marks inside the heads. Rod said salmon were just starting to school up around the rip, and the best time to fish for them was the runout tide.

Make sure you’ve got your jab and you stick to all COVID-19 rules; tight lines and stay safe.

 ?? ?? Fishing well: Waranga Basin has recorded some good fishing.
Fishing well: Waranga Basin has recorded some good fishing.
 ?? ?? Top spot: Lake Eildon is looking a good spot to go fishing after recent rain.
Top spot: Lake Eildon is looking a good spot to go fishing after recent rain.

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