Fishing | Rising lake water brings on the bite

Rising water in the mountain lakes has helped increase the bite rate, and flicking lures parallel with the bank has been a hit with feeding trout.

Bait fishing is also good - remember with rising water levels in dams, fish are in shallow water feeding on freshly submerged ground, so keep casts short.

Rolling plastics around trees similar to the method of catching yellow belly has been a good option, and rainbows seem to love it.

'On the coast, it's the best time of year to wet a line.' ***********************

On the coast, it's the best time of year to wet a line.

Off shore, baby yellowfin have been sporadic but days when the weather has permitted, fish have been chasing bait.

Snapper grounds have been quite plentiful and I found squidgy prawns a hot favourite for pan sized fish.

There's also plenty of nannygai and mowong on the chew.

It was hard to evade sweep and barracudas in a lot of shallow water reefs; we did, however, find relief in deeper water and managed a few in the average conditions.

The river systems on the coast are full of silver trevally and are hitting live nippers and squidgy wrigglers in blood worm; on light gear they are great fun, and nice as sashimi or cooked over charcoal.

Locally, the fishing has been great in Lake Burley Griffin - small gold and black vibes have been working a treat for me, working the shallow banks with slow hops and plenty of pauses.

Lake Tuggeranong has also been fishing very well, in particular the dam wall.

Some anglers have had great success catching small to medium goldens using chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, while others using yabbies and worms.

There has also been some massive mud marlin, which are loving sweet corn and bread baits.