Fishing News | Slow fishing in ACT waterways

Locally the fishing scene has been a little slow.

The upper Molonglo river has been very tough – I've fished it twice recently only to land two small goldens followed by a teeny weeny cod. I tried four different hard bodied lures, small surface lures, beetle spins and spinner baits, so lack of fish was definitely not from lack of trying!

In the end the trusty squidgy prawn on a 1/8oz jig head did the job.

Ginninderra is also a bit difficult at the moment. After my write-up last week followed by reports on social media, many anglers went and put in the hard yards for very little result.

A few anglers that did get some good natives fished up the lake (McKellar side) opposite the naval base. The fish were quite shallow and held tight to weed beds or undercutting bank. Zman plastics in motor oil worked well, as well as the old faithful purple stumpy.

On the coast things have been a little better; the estuaries on the far south coast are fishing well with most producing a constant bite of duskies, bream and whiting.

Some of these systems are also holding and producing some good sized sliver trevallies which are very partial to a squidgy bloodworm wriggler. The inshore reefs are also holding good numbers of snapper, mowong and pig fish. 

Outside, deep dropping has been a good option for those game fishing, waiting for tide change or on days where there is little to no current. Big blue eye, pink ling and dory have all been on the menu.

In the mountains, Tangtangra is my pick of spots, with some solid reports coming in. Most methods of fishing seem to be producing the goods. The water level is low, the visibility is great which is perfect conditions for a stalking session in the shallows for the fly and lure angler. Bait fishos are better off hitting next to weed beds or in deep drop offs using minimal weight and small hooks, to keep the bait away from feeding yabbies.