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The river is fishing rather well at the moment with bream and whiting coming in from down near Garlandtown and on sand flats in backwaters - most of the fish have been coming in on fresh nippers or bloodworms but if your after some of those larger fish try using some surface lures such as Dinky poppers and sugarpen surface walkers.
Above: There are whiting coming in from down near Garlandtown
Above: Good bream can be found in the backwaters
Flathead have been hanging around the mouth of Ryans creek and up on flats near the town bridge, these are mainly getting caught on soft plastics such as Squidgy 100 m cracked pepper fish. Further up the system around Kiora bridge and beyond the bass and perch are still hitting surface lures and with the recent rain we just had should get the fish moving around and chewing.
Some nice flathead are still being caught on sand flats down the front and a few up around the fourways with the bigger fish being caught on live poddy’s. There is always a chance of getting one of the many jewfish coming from out of the system. The bass are hanging down low with a few being caught along Snake flat and beyond.
Rocks and Beaches
There’s some nice whiting hanging around off the windsock beach and rockwall with the odd salmon and tailor as well - best bait being beachworms if you can get them. The squid are still hanging around off the rocks with some good sizes being pulled in with the best spots being around Barlings Island and South Broulee.
The kingfish are starting to turn up with nice size fish coming in off the reefs down near Pedro with some good size snapper coming on board in amongst them. Great catches of both sand flathead and snapper were also had straight off the front of Moruya in 55-70 metres of water. Some good size marlin and dolphin fish are coming in from further down south, with the majority of fish being trolled up on skirted lures.
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Wyangla Dam If you’re after yella’s the Abercrombie is by far the better fishing arm. Jim Willis reported good numbers off the trees before Greenmantle mainly using Black grubs and Creepy shrimp landing over 30 fish for the weekend. A few good cod have been caught closer to Grabine with one very nice fish just below the cabins in Lackanookey Bay, measuring 96 cm by Conner Corcoran using a stump jumper.
Strong wind over the weekend cut the fishing numbers down a little, but there was a few brave souls out there. Tom Chandler reported a couple of nice bass - one measuring 36cm using a Jackson reaction bomb close to the tower. He also had good strikes on surface lures early but had trouble hooking up. We have also had a report of a trout this week - it was caught on a worm on the St Stevens road end of the dam.
Good reports from the weir this week. Most fish are being caught using Fuze Pygmy Pulse soft vibes in the deeper water. Fishing the drop-offs are the best plan for catching some numbers and the bigger redfin. No reports of Silvers this week in the lower reaches.
Murray Cod: Continue to be a staple catch at Burrinjuck. Paul and Theresa from Cootamundra caught 10 small cod during their visit between 45 & 60 cm all at the lower end of the dam. Rob Harris - 5 cod between 55 & 70 cm all in the main basin on lures. Brad Harris has written on my catch sheet 3 cod at 58, 61 & 69 cm and a further 11 cod between 40 & 55 cm. Mathew Scarlett must have used bigger lures recording 2 fish at 83 & 86 cm and Matt's mate landed a 95 cm in the lower end of the Bidgee River arm. Paul Will - 6 cod - biggest 86 cm all on spinnerbaits. The 1.5metre fish caught by Chris Cleaver was sort of confirmed as being from Burrinjuck with a statement on our Facebook page. Definitely not from Copeton Dam and the “cats out of the bag”. I am expecting the pictures will turn up in a fishing magazine in the not too distant future.
Yellow Belly: Have been biting OK at the top end of Burrinjuck but have remained relatively quiet down the lower end of the Dam. With the dropping water level and the appearance of some structure above the water, the catch rates have started to pick up. We had some good fish landed in Macey’s Bay on yabbies with a couple of the fish up around 50 cm - you will need to move around the trees with only one or two fish per tree. Paul managed 6 yellows while trolling Stucky lures towards the Dam wall and I managed to get amongst the fish this week while casting a mask vibe managing 7 fish on Monday morning and another 5 on Tuesday. Most of the fish were under 40 cm and came from around fallen timber on the dam edge
Redfin: Are prolific this year and seem to be everywhere. Bait fishing, lure casting or trolling will catch you a redfin or 10. Most of the fish are under 200 mm. I have managed a few bigger fish around 30 cm. Where are the big breeders? They must be in there somewhere.
Park News: The Blue Green Algae alert was lifted for Burrinjuck back on 3 January. Caution - Cathedral Rock had only a metre of water over the highest point on Monday so I would expect it to be close to the surface by the weekend. The rock is about 20-30 metres on the Western (dam Wall Side) of the buoy.
Burrinjuck Reports supplied by Dean Brind of Burrinjuck Waters.