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24th of March 2017



Big Chance For Anglers To Get Revenge On Hated Carp


Anglers are expected to turn out in force on Lake Burley Griffin on Sunday, 26 March, for the annual Carp Out organised by the Canberra Fishermen's Club. The event is designed to give anglers the opportunity to catch as many carp as possible, whilst competing for a swag of handsome prizes. Although the event is unlikely to make more than a tiny dent in the carp population it is at least a chance for anglers to exert a bit of revenge on the pest fish. It also helps publicise the problems posed  by carp and the need for urgent attention to bring the population under control. Carp currently constitute up to 90 per cent of the fish biomass in Burley Griffin and other local lakes and create problems associated with destruction of weed beds, destabilisation of lake shores, increased water turbidity and predation on stocked recreational fish.


Registration will be at Lennox Gardens and fishing can be anywhere in the lake.


Prizes will be awarded on the basis of lucky tickets or mystery weights which is a great way to run a competition because it means people of any level of skill, catching fish of any size, have an equal chance of winning a prize. The top prize is a boat and trailer package worth $5500 and there will be many other prizes of gift vouchers and fishing gear.


The best way to catch carp is to use a light running sinker rig with scrub worms as bait. Alternatively, carp enjoy munching on kernels of sweet corn. There are fish throughout the lake and they respond well to berleying with commercial  preparations or bread, tuna oil and chicken pellets.


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Eucumbene Car Park


The good news for anglers fishing the brown trout prespawning run in the Eucumbene River this year is that a car park is being built at Denison, adjacent to the river, for vehicles that would otherwise drive around the landscape, creating problems of soil erosion and destabilisation of the river bed. No vehicles will be permitted beyond the car park and anglers can access the river by a short walk of several hundred metres. This is a sensible and long-overdue move which will protect the landscape and make a visit to the area a more pleasant experience.


The first few fish of the prespawning run have shown in the river already. Anglers report catching some nice browns on Glo Bugs, Woolly Buggers, weighted brown nymphs, elk hair caddis and Snowy Mountain grasshoppers. The fish have been only of modest size but the run  of larger fish is expected soon. The main trigger could be a rain storm in the area which will tempt the fish to move from the lake to the river.


Local Lakes


Fishing has been quiet in all of the local lakes. Occasional golden perch have been caught in Ginninderra and Burley Griffin, on blades and Gulp black grubs but Murray cod have been quiet. Redfin have been the only sporting fish active and have provided most of the fun  on lures and bait.


The Canberra Anglers Association held an outing at Lake Ginninderra last weekend but could not beat the thick weed cover to get at the fish. Any suggestions for reducing the weed growth in this otherwise productive reservoir would be welcomed.


Regional Lakes


Anglers who made the long trek to Blowering Reservoir were rewarded with good bags of large redfin. The fish were taken on lures, scrub worms and very small yabbies. Most were over 30cm in  length and there were several around 44cm.


Fishing improved at Burrinjuck, which is now about 68 per cent full. The largest Murray cod was a 120cm specimen taken on a 150mm lure at midnight by Tim Mathieson from Wagga. He also landed a smaller fish of 80cm.


Golden perch have shown in good numbers, especially amongst the trees in Maceys Bay and adjoining areas. The best fish were taken on black grubs and shrimps, with others on Burrinjuck Specials and Mask Vibes.


Coast News


Most land based or inshore fishing at the coast has been curtailed by continuing heavy rain, high winds and dirty water.


Game fishing has been less affected and there have been plenty of boats out chasing marlin. Fish were hard to find in some areas. One boat which launched at Ulladulla trolled lures from Jervis Bay to The Kink and back without turning a reel and only one other boat in the area reported a hookup.  Conversely there were good reports of multiple hookups on striped marlin  straight off Bermagui. 


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Big Catches Expected For Canberra Carp Out On Lake Burley Griffin

Anglers in Canberra and surrounding regions are looking forward to a big day for the Canberra Carp Out to be held on Lake Burley Griffin on Saturday 26 March. The annual onslaught on the carp population organised by the Canberra Fishermans Club is a popular event which enables anglers to extract a bit of revenge on the carp for the damage they do to the lake environment.

There will be plenty of prizes for carp caught on the day, with the largest a $5500 boat and trailer package. All the prizes will be awarded on the basis of a lucky draw or mystery weight which means anybody, irrespective of their level of skill, could qualify for a prize.  Lake Burley Griffin has a huge population of carp and although a carp out is not likely to cause a significant  dent in the population anglers get a great deal of satisfaction in removing even a small number of these damaging fish.                                          

Carp can be caught on a variety of baits, but are especially partial to scrub  worms and kernels of sweet corn. These are best fished on a light running sinker rig or under a float. Light line with fluorocarbon leaders is recommended because the fish have excellent eyesight and fluorocarbon is almost invisible in water. Carp can be found anywhere in the lake but there are particularly heavy concentrations around the Carillon Tower, adjacent  to the Royal Canberra golf course and near Scrivener Dam. They can be caught at any time of the day. Unwanted carp should not be left on the bank to rot but disposed of instead in special bins provided on the day. Registration for the event will be available at Lennox Gardens and full details of the event are available at www.canberra

 Burrinjuck Still Quiet.

 Fishing is still fairly quiet at Burrinjuck, probably because of the large volumes of water being released for downstream irrigation and power production. The current level is 72 per cent of capacity. Murray cod have been hard to find but persistent trollers have taken a few fish on spinnerbaits and deep divers, fished during the day and at night. The best fishing has been in the Main Basin, especially towards Wade Island and around The Bluff.  Water clarity is excellent, with visibility of about two metres.

Golden perch also have been a bit hard to find. Bait anglers have found a few in Scrubby and McPherson's, using shrimps, yabbies and scrub  worms. Shrimps have been hard to find and anglers are reminded to bring their own bait where possible. Saltwater prawns are a reasonable substitute for shrimps and can be used whole or peeled.

For some anglers finding fish has been the luck of the draw, as exhibited by one angler who caught 15 golden perch and one Murray cod slow rolling soft plastics on a single flooded tree.

Redfin have been patchy, with no sign of the big schools prevalent a few weeks ago. A few fish were taken trolling small hard bodied lures, with blades fished near the bottom being the most effective technique. Most of the fish taken were too small to keep for the table.

Wyangala Worthwhile

Wyangala again fished modestly well, with some nice golden perch caught on lures and bait in the shallows and a few Murray cod to 89cm taken on deep divers. One group landed a total of eight cod for the weekend, using spinnerbaits and yabbies but did not keep any for the table. The best fishing was in the morning but one angler had the pleasure of a 68cm cod which boofed his surface lure after dark, giving him his first capture using this exciting technique.

Mountain Lakes

Fishing has improved in the mountain lakes, with fly, lure and bait anglers all reporting        reasonable numbers of browns and a few rainbows.

Fly anglers fared best in afternoon and early evening sessions in Eucumbene and Jindabyne, using  mudeye imitations and other large wets. Successful patterns included Craigs Nightime, Mrs Simpson and Hamills Killer.

Lure fishers reported a few fish on lead core line and downrigger, using small bibless minnows and blades. Best results came from slow trolling with the lure a long way behind the boat.

Bait fishers landed some smallish rainbows on Chunky Cheese and Lime Twist in Tantangara during the day the early evening.

Early Movers In Eucumbene River

The first of the prespawning browns have shown  in  the Eucumbene River. One group of anglers, using fly and lure, found a patch of good-sized browns in the river about two kilometres upstream from the mouth at Denison. They landed eleven fish in two sessions during the weekend. The fish were carrying spawning colours and probably indicate the start of the prespawning run. A much larger movement of fish can be expected as soon as there is heavy rain in  the region.

Floodin g Abating

Flooding resulting from heavy rain has eased along the coast but fishing has not yet returned to normal. A few tailor were reported from Tathra and offshore anglers reported small bags of flathead, but fishing otherwise was quiet. It should improve as the water clears.

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