Hey Fishos,

Its time to get the Carp rods out of the cupboard and sharpen those hooks as the Wollundry Lagoon Fisherama is on again.

This is the event that all fishos wait in anticipation for as the lagoon has the biggest and meanest Carp in the country! Experienced or first timers, you will have a ball with your skills tested to the limit so do yourself a favour and rock up at the Wollundry Lagoon Sunday 30th January at 6.30am. Fish to be weighed in by 1.30pm.

There will be over $1,000 worth of prizes donated by Compleat Angler Wagga, registration and weigh stations located on the corner of Esplanade and Best Street, $5 single entry or $15 per family of four.This event is exceptionally well run by South Wagga Apex with proceeds go to local charities. On the local scene, the fishing is improving and the quality of the fish seems to be much better than in previous years. The recent floods in our area have been a disaster for some but it has and will be a huge benefit also for the next few years.

Due to the flood waters inundating low lying areas such as lagoons, wetlands and river gun forests, the breeding cycle of our native wildlife in the affected areas has escalated beyond anything we have seen in the last ten years or so. Even though we have had good recruitment of our most sought after fish the Murray Cod over the drought period, they will benefit greatly by the increased food, natural cover and over all improved water conditions.

What we will notice over the next few years is a massive increase in the numbers of Yellowbelly and Silver Perch, not to mention the carp numbers! The increase in carp numbers will be a good food source for our much more aggressive native fish. We are seeing signs of this now as the numbers of Yellowbelly being caught have increased dramatically due to their upstream migration above the weirs, to areas which were not previously possible because of the barricading effect these weirs have on migrating fish. For those who did not get a chance to have a look at the river while in flood, most of our local weirs such as Berembed weren’t visible as the flood waters rose above them allowing the Yellowbelly and Silver Perch to move upstream.The Yella’s have also spawned in big numbers and the condition of our water ways is such that the survival rate should be very high.

The Murrumbidgee at the moment is a very good option with the water clearing and the access improving making it a joy to fish. Lure or bait will both be options for the rest of the season. Old Man Creek is still high on the priority list of most fishos, consistently producing numbers of Yellowbelly and Cod as well as the odd Silver Perch over the last few weeks. Fishing from the bank is the accepted option for most however a canoe is a great alternative.

Burrinjuck is a hot spot as the moment even though there have been some signs of blue green algae. This does not seem to affect the fish as most fishos have noticed that the Yella’s, Cod and Redfin are still extremely active. Trolling and casting is accounting for big numbers of fish however bait will produce results if you enjoy a quiet relaxing style of fishing.

The Hume Weir is still producing excellent numbers of quality Redfin as well as Yella’s and surprisingly enough a few more Cod than we normally hear about. Blowering is in some respects disappointing but there have been some highlights over the last couple of weeks in that several very experienced Redfin fishos have been hooking into substantial schools of large Reddies. These fish have been located in 30- 50ft of water and are responding to a very small live yabbie bobbed on a Paternoster rig.

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