SCORCHING heat waves for several days followed by a cool southerly…and then the cycle repeats all over again.
For anglers knowing what the weather has, is, and will be doing will help you plan and achieve best results…and fish in comfort too.
Up in the Snowies there is some great bait lure and fly fishing to be had, especially in Lake Jindabyne.
During a heat wave, fish at night, or wait for a cooler change.
There is always the exception should you be very lucky or have time to move around and find something rare. For example a cool water spring can have fish in close where it would usually be too warm.
Bait anglers are more typically playing the odds in popular spots by fishing deep if it is hot, eg artificial trout baits fished deep on a running sinker rig. Or use mudeyes when the sun is weak or at night.
Anglers fishing the rivers and streams in the Snowies will also fare better looking for shady trout lairs, or cooler periods.
On the native fish scene, Dean Brind from Burrinjuck Waters State Park reports some of the best fishing for meter plus cod in some time, with five over a meter in the past five weeks, including another 1.2 meter specimen.
They are by no means easy, but what a challenge and you will get golden perch along the way.
Anglers specifically targeting golden perch have done well on bibbless minnows, such as Rapala rippin raps, and baits such as worms, yabbys and shrimps. Keen perch anglers might like to try their hand at the up-coming championships on the lake, more details at
Redfin are responding to the same techniques as golden perch, but of course smaller sized lures and baits, along with small soft plastics are good once a school of redfin is found.
On the coast, the fishing has fired in one spot one day, and been quiet the next.
But with warm oceanic water now moving in and expected to be more widespread in coming weeks, ocean and estuary temps and water clarity will hopefully stabilize and the fishing will be a bit more predictable.
On the rock and inshore scene anglers, getting good water moving in have been going well with various reef species and an increasing amount of bonito and frigate mackerel.
The very occasional reports of Marlin in close to the rocks and with a bit of luck the better numbers of small marlin in close on the NSW North Coast will make it down our way soon.
See you on the water