THE BANK fishing has been most challenging. The harbour and the harbour wall has been a favourite location with a number of large rainbows being seen, estimated at over 7lb. So far they have evaded capture! The other successful spots have been from the sailing club, along East Creek to the harbour wall. The annual Fur and Feather match was contested by 47 anglers. Trout and Salmon writer Rob Hardy won the event with two rainbow trout for 4lb ½oz, caught off The Transformer bank. Fish have been caught mainly on fry patterns but spooned fish have been eating corixa,
shrimp, and daphnia. Boat anglers, despite the short days, have fared much better with plenty of fish being taken in most areas. In the main basin, fish are very near the surface and limit bags, 16 fish to the boat, have been taken on floating and slow sinking lines. Most fish are 2lb-3lb. No large fish have been reported. Water temperature is still very high for the time of year, some 10 deg C. The lake is still low, but finally we are getting some rain and the fresher water will hopefully improve the bank sport. The lake will close for fishing after January 31 and reopen for fishing on Friday, March 8. – PETER HARTLEY.