Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with ROBB

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.

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