Fishing still slow after flooding
Last week we talked of the discoloured water following the moderate flood in the Richmond. Just over a week later and the river is beginning to clear up near the top of the tide in Ballina and fishing is quite good.
Up along the Ballina north wall they are getting a few very nice bream, whiting and blackfish and as mentioned last week, the best baits are yabbies or beach worms. A lot of small stingrays are being caught as well. In muddy water a stingo cannot resist a beach worm. Ive even heard of some people who like their taste and actually take a fillet off the flaps. Mud crabs, which were very good before the flood, have disappeared, but only a week and a half later they are beginning to be caught again.
Reports from the local dams for bass have been very quiet. The rivers are still too dirty to lure for bass so the dams are the target venues. However, they are not producing in any numbers. Some local anglers headed west last week to try Keepit, Split Rock and Chaffey Dams. Split Rock (near Manilla) and Chaffey (near Nundle) did not produce even one bite (lures only used) while Keepit was fishing well with catches of five, eight and 18 recorded, and there was a mix of golden perch (yellowbelly) and Murray cod taken as well.
The sad part of this weeks fishing news is the fish kill upstream from Pimlico. It seems that this is going to be a regular occurrence after floods. Decaying grasses rob the water of oxygen and this has badly affected the numbers of bream, flathead, mullet and estuary perch.