• May 2015
  • April 2015

ACT and surrounds Fishing Report: May 2015


Kingfish are still being caught at Montague Island thanks to the water temperature in the area hovering around 19 degrees. But as winter approaches it’s only a matter of time before these fish become more elusive. The best time to target these fish is early morning on live baits, whole squid or jigs. Schools of bonito are also in the area.

Charter boats and recreational anglers are catching Yellowfin tuna off Bermagui. Bunga Canyons is producing some nice fish up to 30kg. The key to finding these fish is locating the warm currents on sea surface temperature and current charts.

The 2015 Canberra Yellowfin Tournament was held recently at Bermagui, with a total of 82 boats entering the annual competition. A variety of species were caught during the competition, including Yellowfin, striped marlin, dolphinfish and striped tuna. An impressive 80.4kg Yellowfin and 142kg striped marlin were the highlights.

Salmon, tailor and the occasional school and gummy shark are being caught off most beaches at the south coast. However, cooler water temperatures in the estuary systems have slowed the fishing right down.


The annual spawn run in the Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers is well and truly underway. Huge numbers of trout anglers have lined the banks near Denison at Lake Eucumbene, and to a lesser extent Paddy’s Corner in Lake Jindabyne. Those wanting to avoid the crowds on the Eucumbene River should venture further upstream from the lower reaches of the river. Whilst the terrain makes the fishing more difficult, the groups of fish that have already moved upstream should make it worth the while.

When the river is flowing the go to fishing method during the spawn run has to be drift rigging. Drift rigging involves a Globug and a trailing nymph tied to a fluorocarbon leader that can be attached to the mainline of either a spin or fly fishing outfit. The brightly coloured globug fly imitates a trout egg and most of the spawn run trout are caught with this fly pattern. For casting distance and to ensure the two flies are drifting along or near the bottom of the river where the fish are holding, add as many split shot sinkers as necessary. Or alternatively, use Tungsten Beadhead Nymphs that are weighted and remove the need for split shot sinkers. Using this rig is as simple as casting upstream into the flowing river and allowing the two flies to drift with the current. Repeat the process until you hopefully get a trophy trout!

Anglers are also having success using deep diving lures that imitate the colours of a spawning brown trout, like the Rapala Spotted Dog pattern.

A reminder that NSW trout streams are closed to all forms of fishing from Tuesday 9 June 2015 through until Saturday 3 October 2015. During this annual closure, Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne remain open and the fishing at this time of the year can be excellent.

Daniel Turner from berra_natives

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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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