Windows of opportunity
Dave Mclean

This healthy bass was caught at St Clair walking the banks using a TN 50 Jackall.

This can be a very enjoyable time of the year to be out on the dams chasing bass and goldens as the rivers are still no-go until the end of the month.

In saying that, the really cold westerlies can hit as they did last year. Providing that doesn’t happen, the mornings are usually foggy, the barometer high and the days quite warm. From my past diary entries the August westerlies usually hit around lunchtime so you may get a few hours of fishing before they arrive.

With the water temperatures usually at their lowest this month, around 14°C, the fishing can be very slow to say the least. However over recent weeks there have been some fish caught by baitfishers around the big timber areas in the Narrows and up the back of the dam around the Panhandle. This area has also been producing some bass and the odd golden on deep plastics and ice jigs. I think that these areas produce fish because they are the spots where there is current flow from both the strong winds and usually falling water levels.

With these very cold water temperatures the bass and goldens tend to bite for a very short period during this window so it’s best to be on your prime spots when it happens. The bass don’t feed too aggressively in August as they are still very fat, with the males and females still containing their spawning row and milt. It can also be beneficial to use a large presentation initially, be it a lure or bait, and work it slowly to keep it in the strike zone longer. If that doesn’t entice a strike, go for a lure with more action and vibration.

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