• April 2015

ACT and surrounds Fishing Report: April 2015


The boys from Aspro Deep Sea Fishing Charters have being catching good numbers of flathead, snapper and pigfish between Burra Warra Point and Durras. Plenty of snapper are being caught in close on bait and soft-plastics as dusk approaches.

Further out, the marlin bite has slowed with the exception of Jervis Bay, which is experiencing a good late season run. As the marlin bite begins to slow game fisherman will turn their attention to yellowfin and albacore tuna. Long liners out on the 1000 fathom line from Narooma to Eden have encountered good numbers of yellowfin tuna which is encouraging for anglers.   There have also been reports of broadbill swordfish over the shelf off Bermagui.

Legal sized kingfish have returned to Montague Island, with reports of fish weighing as much as 10 kg.  However, landing these fish has proven difficult at the north end of Montague Island due to the seal population in the area.

Land based fisherman on the south coast can expect to catch salmon and tailor off rock ledges and beaches at this time of year. As always, gang hooking pilchards or spinning with metal slugs will give anglers the best chance of catching these fish.


Local anglers should not be disheartened by Canberra’s cooler weather and overcast days. This time of the year is a great time to target yellowbelly and Murray cod. Dark, overcast conditions give the natives the confidence to feed actively as they seek to put on condition in preparation for the winter months.

Lake Burley Griffin is the pick of Canberra’s urban lakes for yellowbelly, whilst good numbers of Murray Cod are being caught in both Lake Ginninderra and Lake Tuggeranong.

Adventurous anglers prepared to hike long distances along the Murrumbidgee River corridor are being rewarded with some sizable Murray cod. Whilst these anglers closely guard their favourite stretches of the river, it is no secret that these fish generally hold in deep pools so this is a great place to start for inexperienced anglers.

It is that time of the year when trout fisherman begin to anticipate the annual spawn run in the Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers.  The recent rain and cold weather in the area will lead to some early spawners embarking on their annual run. If these conditions continue the spawn run will be well and truly underway in May, providing anglers with an opportunity to land a once in a lifetime trophy trout, up until the closure of trout fishing streams at the end of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

Daniel Turner from berra_natives

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