I HAVE heard and read a lot about this current drought, but it was not until I drove north to Urana last week that I realised just how bad it is.
Nothing but brown, short grass, failed crops and dust for as far as the eye can see – it’s very sad.
While up that way I did manage to catch a few carp in the Colombo Creek which is a place that I love to fish, despite it being predominantly a carp fishery.
Locally, there seems to be a bit of a boom in carp fishing with many people enjoying catching them.
The Three Mile Creek in Wangaratta has been a popular carp fishing spot for many local kids.
Over the last few weeks trout fishing reports are about as rare as green grass in Urana.
I have had numerous reports, but nothing too glowing with most people catching one or two.
I had one report of two trout being caught in the Buffalo River near Abbeyards – the largest was close to 50cm long, but was the only fish landed and was taken on a Strike Tiger nymph in black and gold colour.
Dane Shearer has been picking up a few trout in the Kiewa River using small minnows and bladed spinners, but once again not in great numbers.
I have seen a few photos of yellowbelly caught at both Lake Hume and Lake Nillahcootie this week.
Just like the trout they have not been caught in great numbers but the difference with the yellowbelly is that as the weather warms up the fishing should only get better.
So in both lakes the yellowbelly have started biting, but are not fully ‘on the bite’ if that makes sense.
FUN TO CATCH: Carp fishing has seen a surge in popularity over the last few weeks with many people enjoying the fighting abilities of these introduced scaled whales. Here is a ripper that Brett Corker of Wangaratta caught on the weekend.