Gone fishing with Craig Harris

I don’t have to tell you that we need rain – not just 10-15mm, we need to add an extra zero.

HAPPY DAYS: Fishing fan Craig with a metrey caught in the river near Narrandera.  You can send your pictures to craig@waggamarine.com.au or 0419 493 313.

HAPPY DAYS: Fishing fan Craig with a metrey caught in the river near Narrandera. You can send your pictures to craig@waggamarine.com.au or 0419 493 313.

We need 100-150mm of good, soaking rain otherwise it is going to be a lean year, not just for primary producers but pretty much everyone.

That sounds like a bit of a downer, but you have to look at the glass half-full side of things, otherwise it will tear you up inside.

So with the lack of precipitation, this generally means that the river will be low. At the time of writing, the river at Wagga is sitting at .758m, which is pretty low. This makes the river easy to fish in a canoe or a kayak and even walking the edges casting into holes.

It does make it a little harder to fish or restrictive in a normal boat, unless you have a jet outboard and then it doesn’t matter what height the river is.

The colder weather will also have the larger fish looking for some tucker to stay a bit fatter, therefore warmer, over this period.

We had our first frost earlier in the week, so that means the lobsters may be on the move. Cod will also be looking at these for nourishment.

Just on the lobbies – I know it’s a couple of weeks early, but the season does not start until June 1 and ends August 31. There are only specific areas where you can fish for them in the Murrumbidgee River and its tributaries.

The harvest size is a minimum 10cm to a maximum 12cm, which is measured from the rear of the eye socket to the centre middle of the rear of the carapace.

There is a maximum of two per person per day and four in possession.

All crayfish under 10cm and over 12cm must be returned immediately to the water and berried females must also be returned.

Removing claws, head and/or tail in, on or adjacent to waters is prohibited. For more information on harvesting lobbies, contact NSW DPI or any of the local tackle shops.

The colder weather will also have the spotted mountain carp, or trout to the purists, getting a little antsy as well.

As soon as there is a drop of rain, these critters will be looking to head “upstream” to spawn. 

At the beginning of the last week, Selwyn recorded 20cm of snow so yep, it’s cold up in them thar hills.

It used to be around this time I would be writing about the infamous FYBO fishing trip.

But due to a couple of things like being too old, too cold, lack of participants and uncooperative fish, it is no more.

The weather this weekend will make a fishing trip pretty much to anywhere – except the coast, cause it is still supposed to be windy – fun, and who knows, a couple of fish may even co-operate. 

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