Gone fishing with Craig Harris, April 21, 2017

HOOK, LINE, SINKER: Craig Elphic with a trout caught in the Murrumbidgee River recently. Send your pictures to craig@wagganarine.com.au or 0419 493 313. Picture: Contributed

HOOK, LINE, SINKER: Craig Elphic with a trout caught in the Murrumbidgee River recently. Send your pictures to craig@wagganarine.com.au or 0419 493 313. Picture: Contributed

I KNOW there were heaps, and I mean heaps, of people who took advantage of the nice weekend weather and the four days off and went camping along the river and impoundments.

I heard a whisper that there was something like 300 people at the 17 Mile area on the river.

With another long weekend if you can get the Monday off, it will be interesting to see how the foreshores and rivers have held up with the plethora of visitors.

Speaking of the river, there was a bit of a bardi moth hatch happening over the weekend which made surface luring on dusk and into the night very productive, and it lasted a bit longer due to the moon. So when you do go fishing be ready for anything that may happen regarding what may make the fish active, like moth hatch.

I have heard of a possible mouse plague on the way as well so get your mouse shaped lures ready.

I was told by a couple of fishermen during the last mouse plague that most of the cod harvested during that time were full of mice and when the fish were cleaned all you could smell was mice and therefore unable to be eaten.

Up in the dams the reddies are still very active.

Most fish are around the 30cm to 35cm and remember, if the fish are off the bottom there is something pushing them up from underneath, and that means if you can get a lure under the schools you may just jag a good sized native.

There are some reports of some half decent trout being caught, up to the 45cm mark, mostly with Tantangara fishing very well.

Flat lining Tassies has been the better lure of choice.

Jindabyne has been a bit slow but a beautiful time of the year up there, a Goldilocks time – not too hot, not too cold and just right.

Hume Weir has also been producing some good numbers of reddies and the odd yella.

Mulwala has been fishing well in the late evenings especially with surface lures, around the Kiffins area has been the most productive.

The South Coast is still producing some good numbers of marlin.

I received a snapshot from a sounder from Scott at Bermagui Bait and Tackle and I have to say that I really want to get back there sooner rather than later.

Bottom bashing has been a bit slow, just ask Ian Winbank and Doug Kinda how they went.

Some kingies on the Northern end of the island – if you can get them away from the seals – and dollies or Mahi Mahi around anything that is floating in the water.

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