EVEN though it’s still chilly at times, as the days get longer a little photoreceptor in the head of some species says, “it’s spring and we better get moving”.
Of course if you strike a warmer day at this time of year the bite is intensified.
The tasty Golden Perch are a good example of this, and there has been some reasonable fishing for goldens around the Canberra Region.
Further afield is has been very good in places, and Lake Cargelligo and region springs to mind.
Not to mention their fabulous fishing competition where visitors are welcome and where local fishing knowledge is happily shared. There’s a lot of room and a surprising amount of fish out that way.
Besides good fishing for golden perch, this fishy little location out past West Wyalong offers a good change of scenery and a chance to kick back and relax - the outback is really good like that.
Lake Cargelligo goldens can be targeted on baits such as yabbys, shrimp and worms.
Good lures include deep divers, spinner baits, bibbless minnows and blades.
The lake has been well stocked by local angling clubs, and proceeds from the event raise money for further stocking of the lake and surrounding water ways.
Three other outback lakes can be found in the region: Brewster, Curlew and Sheet of Water.
The Lachlan River, three major weirs, plus channels and creeks join much of the system together making it a wonderfully fishy maze to explore…or you can just stick to Lake Cargelligo and catch fish there.
A mate of mine has been up there a lot recently getting some quality fishing on the lakes and rivers. Like me he still can’t believe how much room there is to enjoy.
There are lots of land based spots, but a small boat or kayak opens up even more prime water, and makes the fishing even easier.
There’s also good numbers of redfin and Murray cod in the area.
Anglers must bear in mind that September, October and November are closed months for Murray Cod, so any cod caught must be released. For more info check out www.lakecargelligo.net.au