Yabbies at Menindee lakes

Hi all,
Heading up to Mendindee lakes in early November and would like to catch up few yabbies and maybe the odd Yellow Belly.
Any thoughts on best places for both camping and fishing, baits etc for both yellow belly and yabbies much appreciated.
Will be up there for 4 or 5 days for our first free camp adventure.
We are not regular fishermen and looking to spend a few hours each day trying our luck.
Was thinking on a couple of opera house nets and a hand line with Mr 11 YO for the yabbies and our regular rods for the Yellow belly. Bait or lures?
We are self sufficient in tents with 2WD.
Appreciate your thoughts and advise.
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Reply By: allein m - Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 22:12

Sunday, Oct 13, 2013 at 22:12
turners travels

check this out

there has been a lot of rain this year up menidee way I have not been up there for 12 months so cannot say what fishing is like now

as i said to another chap check out the old railway bridge just out of town follow the railway line past the pool it goes back to another era at menidee where paddle steamers came down that way and the bridge would open up there is a information placard there

some thing you do not see much and some thing different you might even try fishing there you never know your luck
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:34

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:34
We have been up and down the Murray and Darling quite a bit over the last couple of years and the only fish we have seen caught were Carp. We even had a local fishing club camp next to us at Yarrawonga early this year. 11 fishermen and only Carp was caught over 3 days.
I saw a guy put nets in just below the main dam wall at Menindee last year and he got a few yabbies. Another guy got some out of a dam near Curlwaa a couple of weeks ago. Cheers, Bob
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Reply By: Herbal - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 12:25

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 12:25
A fun way to catch yabbies is with a hand line. Either string or fishing line. For bait either pork or beef works well. No hook, just tie a chunk of meat on. A chunk about 50mm (2 inches) long and about 25mm (1 inch) thick. Throw it out and keep the line slack. You will feel when the yabby takes it. They will slowly drag the bait to their hole. Then just gently pull it in. The yabby will not let go until right at the edge. As soon as you see the yabby in the shallows, scoop it up with a small landing net.

Yellow belly bait...worm ! Earth worms that is. You can readily buy small tubs of worms for a few $. You can use lures if you want, but worms are the go. Use a rig like you would for bream but with a mid length hook so that you can slide the worm onto the hook shank. A hook with bait holder barbs is good.

Carp...Australia is one of only a very few countries that do not eat carp. Brief history... A joint Government and I believe German company venture went wrong. They wanted to grow carp for food in Vic. It rained, the river flooded, the carp ponds got flooded and the carp got out...It was big dollars involved on both sides, it was in the 10's of millions and their carp stock had just been flushed out. Word spread and people in their thousands headed south to get the carp. That is why the carp appeared to spread across the country so fast...People were taking them home to stock dams and creeks for their own food supply.

The Gov and the Germans went into panic mode. They still wanted their carp ponds to work...or they would lose 10's of millions of dollars. If people had their own dams and creeks stocked with carp, then the business venture would fail. So they put out a propaganda story telling people that carp was no good to eat...It worked...In fact it worked so well, that they convinced an entire nation that carp was no good...The story worked so well, that no one wanted to eat carp anymore and the business venture failed cos no one wanted to buy the carp... They were doomed either way !

Most councils have information for people that want to grow their own carp. They often have recipes and other useful tips. Or if you are really interested, just google carp fishing UK.
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Follow Up By: bks - Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 22:08

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 at 22:08
Take your hand off it mate, what a lot of crap.
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Follow Up By: Penchy - Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 20:09

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 20:09
Agreed. Biggest load of rubbish I have read in a very long time. Do some research before you embarress yourself next time.
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Follow Up By: Herbal - Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 07:59

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 07:59
I don't normally reply to trolls... Worms are good bait for yellowbelly and a chunk of meat tied to string is a fun way to catch yabbies... Regardless what you say, that is a FACT.

Or do you mean the carp? - From Department of Primary Industries, Government website - quote

Carp have been introduced into Australia both deliberately, in an attempt to imitate the European environment, and accidentally, through the escape of ornamental or aquaculture fish.

In Victoria, the stocking of carp began as early as 1859, but early stocking attempts were not successful. In NSW, the earliest known introductions occurred near Sydney in 1865. In the early 1900s, fingerlings were used to establish several wild populations of carp around Sydney, including in Prospect Reservoir (where they still persist).

end quote.

Carp are by far the most farmed (for food) fresh water fish. China alone produces more tonnage of carp as food than all other aquaculture fish worldwide combined (including trout and salmon). 70% of all fresh water farmed fish worldwide are carp.

I am impressed though, you managed to spell embarrass correctly ;)

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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 16:05

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 16:05
Hi Rob
I was up at Menindee in May this year and a mate and myself caught 4 Yellow Belly.
It was the first fish of any sort I had caught in 50 years so they are there.

We only fished the last hour before sundown and we were just below one of the regulators on the Darling. We used shrimp live bait which we caught in nets about an hour or two before we began fishing.

We have been advised that the fish bite best when the river is running as they go off the bite when the river levels begin to fall.

Note that we caught more carp (6 or 8) than we did Yellow Belly so you have to cast out toward the middle of the stream otherwise all you will get near the bank is carp.

Cheers, Bruce.

PS. the Yellow Belly was bloody lovely too.
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Reply By: Member - phantom - Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 20:01

Monday, Oct 14, 2013 at 20:01
Thanks everyone for your replies.
I'll let you all know how we go, maybe post our first blog.
Mmmmmmmm, Can taste the yabbies and Yellow Bellies now.
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