fishing at innamincka

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 26, 2003 at 22:26
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we are going to innamincka next month. have been told that there is good fishing but no one can tell us what species are caught up there?
any info would be great as enjoy the 4 wheelin but also like to wet a line.
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Reply By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 26, 2003 at 23:02

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2003 at 23:02
Hi Whale
I thought Whales ate Plankton.
On the serious side (Coopers creek) Yabbies (might be a bit late now)
Yellowbelly ( Golden Perch) is what you are looking for .


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Reply By: chapo - Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 07:19

Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 07:19
Plenty of Yellow Belly and good Cat fish, But I've never seen a yabbie in the Cooper, a few scampi but no yabbies.
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Reply By: Member - Darian - Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 08:58

Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 08:58
Fishing in the Cooper can be great...yellow belly, catfish and silver perch are to be expected. A few notes: Catfish and silver perch are fully protected - chuck em back in (and snip the hooks off if needed - they often gobble them down deep). The other snag is tortoises - lots of will catch a few of those too. Locals reckon yabbies are the best bait but you don't get yabbies in that section of the Cooper.
There are plenty in some upstream sections way over in QLD. If you can get yabbies to take, keep them cool in a shaded wet hessian bag at water's edge - they will last for quite a few days.
If you can't get yabbies to take, worms are ok. Going down the list, fresh water mussels dug out of the mud by the bank can be sort-of ok. Prawns can be used (from the trading post) but they go off very quick - keep em cold.
The silver perch will take all sorts of meaty table scraps, but then, you can't keep them.
Cullyamurra water hole, or any of the other water holes in the region can be good.
On my last trip, I saw a youngster catch a big yellow belly in the Queerbiddie waterhole just in front of the town common. He staggered up to the pub for a weigh in, and then returned it to the creek. That part of the creek is quite a shallow stretch but the fish was a . Have a good-un..... don't forget the aeroguard (in case are mates are still there) and keep in mind that it could get quite hot (was there last yearin April).Love the bush - stuck in the city - help.
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Reply By: dougie - Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 12:59

Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 12:59
Last guy is spot on.
The prawns do it easy, the trick is catch a yellow belly (looks a hell of a lot every other perch) put it in a bucket then keep catching till you get the size you like replacing the smaller to the creek. It is that easy. Watch out for the pelicans thy will also try to get them as you pull them out. Great swimming, muddy banks and sandy bottom.
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Reply By: whale - Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 18:18

Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 18:18
thank you for all of your replies. sounds like a few tinnies at dusk and the fishing rod could be the end to some great days.
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Follow Up By: Ruth - Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 19:08

Thursday, Mar 27, 2003 at 19:08
Some good yellow-belly arrived in Birdsville yesterday, caught at Innamincka the day before. Plenty of flies, mozzies and sandflies.
We use meat to catch yellow-belly in Birdsville - sometimes we scoop them up off the old crossing in our hands!! Just waiting for the water to rise a bit more and we'll do it again soon. Weather is 15 min and 35 max - not as hot as last year thank heavens, due to the rain. Enjoy your fishing.
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Reply By: Member - Stewart - Thursday, Apr 03, 2003 at 21:42

Thursday, Apr 03, 2003 at 21:42
Whale, we caught some great Yellowbelly at Culyamurra Waterhole last June. We used a small shrimp net with a bit of meat (dog biscuits are also good) to catch the shrimp. Make sure when you clean the Yellowbelly, you remove the fat gland (it's pretty easy to spot when you clean the fish). These are my favourite freshwater fish. We froze one, and also a Barra we caught on the Daly River, and had a fish cook up in the middle of the Simpson Desert. An amazing experience. Check up on the permit situation.
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