Canberra Cup fishing tournament heating up

The Canberra Cup fishing tournament each Thursday night in Lake Burley Griffin is progressing well, with a nice scattering of redfin, carp, Murray cod and golden perch taken on lure and bait.

The eight-week competition is in its fifth week. The cod have been small but the golden perch have been of good size. A 58cm golden was caught and released this week and that's going to be hard to beat. Nathan Walker was also on the money, with one golden perch and one nice cod, both taken on Burrinjuck Specials.

Other anglers have landed some good fish. Golden perch to 52cm were caught near Yarralumla Bay on deep divers and several cod came from deep water near Scrivener Dam. A large cod was taken on a yabby at Black Mountain Peninsula.

Anglers who trekked to Blowering Reservoir for big goldens and redfin were disappointed. The lake has been drained to 30 per cent capacity and all they got for the weekend were small redfin. One group with fresh live yabbies and scrub worms found a patch of fish and landed four golden perch and a heap of reasonable redfin, fishing from the bank.

Wyangala Reservoir fished better. One group landed four cod to 49cm, four golden perch to 35cm and four huge catfish, all on scrub worms and small live yabbies.

Burrinjuck has dropped to about 30 per cent capacity and fish have become a bit more wary this week. Cod mostly have been small but have provided good fun in daytime and at night on spinnerbaits and deep divers. The main basin has been the best area. Golden perch have been relatively easy to find around flooded trees, especially in the Murrumbidgee Arm and the main basin. Soft plastics and bibless minnows have been the most productive but trollers with deep divers have caught a few nice fish.


Mudeyes on march

There has been some excellent fishing in Eucumbene and Jindabyne, especially while the mudeyes have been on the move. One angler bagged out twice in one week at Eucumbene, with browns to 3kg and rainbows to 2.1kg,  fishing Fuzzy Wuzzy and various mudeye patterns, in the middle of a large mudeye hatch.

Other anglers reported good fish on Muddler Minnow and other mudeye patterns at Yens Bay, Old Adaminaby and Denison. At Josie Crowe's there were plenty of browns and rainbows on fly and on couta and spider, mudeyes fished with a bubble float or waggler float just after dark.

At Jindabyne there were some nice browns and smallish rainbows taken on fly, scrub worms and Power Bait at Hatchery Bay, the western shore at Kalkite and in the Thredbo Arm. Trollers with lead core line and green Tasmanian Devils caught some nice browns at East Jindabyne.

Tantangara also yielded some nice fish, after a long lean spell. The lake is uncharacteristically high, at 27 per cent capacity, and there were plenty of small- to medium-sized browns caught on fly and trolled number 36 (black and yellow) Tasmanian Devil.

There has been some excellent fly-fishing in regional trout streams that are flowing because of recent thunderstorms. One angler fishing light tackle landed some excellent browns and rainbows on Hairwing Coachman and small nymphs in a tributary of the Goodradigbee.

Whiting and bream feeding

Alan Perry reported that bream and whiting dominated catches at the coast this week. Beaches around Bawley Point were especially productive. One angler has caught 120 whiting in the past three weeks using worms and nippers.

Elsewhere there were big flathead off Durras, kingfish around Wasp Island and flathead off the beach at Pambula.