The Canberra Fisherman's Club feature event of the year, the Canberra Carp-Out, will be held on Sunday, April 3. The event, open to the public, is designed to provide a fun day for anglers whilst pulling as many carp as possible out of Lake Burley Griffin.
There will be a modest entry fee and funds raised will be donated to the Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group and used for native fish stocking in Canberra's lakes and ponds. The event has been hugely popular in previous years and the club is looking for an even bigger rollup this year. All participants need is a rod and reel rigged with 3-5kg line and a running sinker rig with a size 4-6 hook baited with sweet corn or a scrub worm. All carp caught will be turned into garden fertiliser.
The club also will be running a raffle to raise funds for native fish stocking. Prizes include a kayak worth $3600, a camper tent worth $2000 and a portable fridge/freezer worth $1000. Well worthy of support.
Local lakes patchy
Golden perch were easy to find on some days in local lakes then strangely quiet on others. In Lake Ginninderra one angler pulled a 62cm golden perch on a Golden Child lure and Bradley Skillin lost a thumper on a lure at the road bridge when the hook pulled at the last moment. Fly fisherman George Aguirre had an exciting tussle with an estimated 75cm carp, which took nearly 30 minutes to subdue after taking a mudeye fly.
In Burley Griffin one angler landed eight golden perch at Black Mountain Peninsula, using a Burrinjuck Special and a purple Stumpjumper and several small Murray cod were caught elsewhere in the lake. A visitor from Mudgee caught three golden perch near Lady Denman Drive and went home impressed by our local fishery.
Anglers should note that fishing is no longer allowed in the pond in Norwood Cemetery. Signs advising of the new situation have been erected and the area will be patrolled to ensure compliance with the new regulations.
Burrinjuck has now fallen to below 45 per cent of capacity and Murray cod have quietened. Despite this one massive fish of 115cm was caught by angler Tim at night. Golden perch are still responding well to lures and bait around flooded trees, with the best fishing in the Murrumbidgee Arm, in the early morning and at dusk. The second round of the Australian Yellow Belly Championships is to be fished at Burrinjuck on April 23-24.
Redfin are schooling throughout the lake and provide a lot of fun on lures and bait.
Hot weather is keeping the fish deep in Jindabyne and Eucumbene. Consequently, trollers should concentrate on lead core line and fly fishers with sinking or sink tip lines. Fish generally have been hard to find although there has been some useful movement late at night for bait and fly fishers.
Lake fishers who hiked up the Eucumbene River found some surprisingly nice browns and a few large rainbows which readily took parachute patterns and small grasshoppers.
The Canberra Anglers Association had a successful outing to Lake Burrill last weekend. Bill Blair was the star fisherman, landing an 80cm flathead on a soft plastic lure.