Much like other anglers, I often drive by lakes and rivers wondering what fish may be in there. This curiosity has landed me a wide variety of species, some of which you wouldn’t believe if I told you. Whilst driving to the boat ramp to go Dhuie hunting, my uncle and I went past some small shallow lakes which I had looked around. I thought to myself there must be some kind of fish in there, and had heard rumours that there were fish in the lakes in the area. After a productive day on the boat I had a quick cast in them with no success.
It wasn’t until I was fishing with Lachlan Carter and Neil Daw when the topic of Redfin came up a few months back, and after struggling to find Salmon I thought we should go look around the lakes and creeks from Busso to Yallingup. We armed ourselves with small hardbody and soft plastic lures and our light bream combos. The first lake was a disappointment, although the next was clear and looked fishy. Flicking small plastics along, I heard Lachy hook up to a small fish which was a surprise to us all. It turned out to be a Redfin of no bigger than 15cm. This fish gave us hope we might find some bigger ones, and that night we did with nearly every cast resulting in Redfin perch to 30cm.
Since that day I have continued exploring the creeks and lakes from Perth to Augusta and have found some very cool spots that are loaded with fish. Fishing tight creeks and shallow lakes with small surface lures and soft plastics has become an exciting and enjoyable form of fishing for when the weather does not allow fishing in the ocean.
This has been the case with many lakes around WA for me, so if you have the same freshwater curiousity as me, why not give that lake or creek you see a go? Even if you don’t catch a fish exploring new areas is great, and you never know what you may catch next!