Moruya river continues to improve. The slime weed still doggedly continues to hold bottom in the lower section of the river. Look for exposed sand flats with interspersed weed beds to find the fish. Weed bed edges next to sand, fished with hard body lures, vibes or soft plastics will find you a few flathead and bream. While live nippers have accounted for good numbers of whiting and bream. The river upstream of the bridge is weed free if you’re not having any luck below the bridge.
Still the place to be! Excellent reports of flathead, bream, whiting and luderick have all come to light this week - live nippers have produced the best results. The whiting are up on the flats chasing surface lures, with Bassday Sugarpens and Jackson Ebi Panics working well, but any surface lure worked with a fast skittering retrieve will interest them. Good reports of Estuary perch also this week with long time member Mark, Dan and the kids getting into them up the back of the system using Squidgy bloodworm wrigglers - great to see 3 generations out doing what they love! Birds are working the lower parts of the system around Potato Point. These could be working bait schools being harassed by either tailor or salmon. Lots of fun on light gear!
Rock and Beach
The salmon schools continue to hang around on most of the beaches at the moment. Just be sure your rod holders are well into the sand, or you may find your rod and reel being dragged into the surf by a good fish - luckily my fishing partner was quick enough to catch it before it disappeared forever! Reports of really good tailor have snuck in this week, try Brou Island and the southern beaches at dawn and dusk. Tie it with a high tide for best results. There is a bit of size to them with reports on 4-5kg fish being caught and lost.
Not a great deal to report today. I haven’t heard anything from the offshore crews this week. I would imagine that all the usual suspects will be around. Keep an eye on the wind this weekend, with 20-30km/hr winds forecast for Saturday and slightly lesser winds on Sunday.
The following report is brought to us by our guru in the Snowies – Adam!
Well it’s that time of year again, the annual Snowy Mountains Trout Festival is on. Starts this Saturday and runs through until Friday 8 of November!. With over $30k in prizes including a very nice boat and trailer package, plus thousands in cash giveaways, you’ll be sure to win a prize or two.
This weekends weather unfortunately is looking a little unsettled with 10-20mils of rain forecast for Saturday afternoon and a chance of scattered showers on Sunday - we certainly won’t complain about any rain, let’s hope the forecast is correct!. Temperatures forecast to be in the mid to high 20’s, so slip slop slap.
Lake Jindabyne is fishing well and has risen to 81% capacity. Land based along the Kalkite arm is seeing some nice fish landed. Boaters are reporting good results around Waist Point up towards the Thredbo river and also along the Kalkite, the township end is producing smaller fish yet keeping anglers happy. Worms, yabbies or floating artificial baits is attracting attention. Bright and sparkly lures seem to be the flavour. As all trout trollers will tell you “you can’t beat the old faithful Tassie Devils or Rapala’s extensive range!” Fly anglers have started to get some action during the lower light hours.
Lake Eucumbene is sitting nicely at just under 31% capacity, this rise has seen the water covering new grounds that are covered with fresh green growth along many of the banks and bays, it looks very inviting and I can only imagine the fish that are cruising these areas feeding at dawn and dusk. Euc has been fishing a little slower, possibly due to the rise and new feeding grounds, with the current warmer weather conditions and rippled waters things can only improve. It’s all about time on the water, covering ground and swapping up your offerings to produce the goods.
Tantangara is sitting steady at 20% capacity. I’ve heard good reports from several anglers over the past 2 weeks, the fish are feeding in close which is ideal for sight casting, presenting fly’s, lures or even unweighted bait to entice a strike. It’s highly advised to check access due to Snowy Hydro 2.0 works being carried out. The Snowy Hydro information centre or Adaminaby Angler can confirm access.
Rivers: The only rivers that are flowing and not severely effected from the drought are:
Thredbo, Murrumbidgee, Eucumbene and Snowy rivers.
All other rivers around the Monaro are suffering badly and should not be approached, any fish that are still there are highly stressed and will not survive being released. This is due to the very low water levels “some sections have stopped flowing” the water is already far too warm and started to slime up, sections are very stagnant with the odd fish carcass found. This is very distressing to see. Please respect these suffering streams, it’s going to take years for them to recover.
Tight lines my friends and fish for the future, and remember “every day’s a good day for fishing!”
Team Tackle World Moruya