Kangaroo Valley has been described as "the most beautiful valley in Australia", that's a big call, but it's a big, beautiful valley and we think it can defend that title! There's some great freshwater fishing to be had - with Australian Bass and Carp the main species targeted by anglers. The valley offers a host of activities, we couldn't go past canoeing on the tranquil Tallowa dam and booked-in to a Gourmet cooking class with Flavours of The Valley. As far as local produce goes - there's a fantastic range of quality produces dotted throughout the valley.
Tallowa Dam is a popular canoe / kayak destination and is gaining a reputation as a good fishery. With a new state-of-the-art fishway, wild bass populations are on the increase. Carp have also found there way into the dam and are in large numbers. Australian bass can be found in coastal rivers and streams along the Eastern seaboard from Tin Can Bay and the Mary River system in Queensland, south through New South Wales and to the Gippsland Lakes of eastern Victoria. Bass are ambush predators holding up under small over hanging structure along shore lines. Casting small diving lures or surface poppers at these areas will bring good results, best times to target Bass are the sticky hot afternoons in summer. A light one handed spinning outfit will cover both Bass and Carp, the Shimano rack raider spooled with 6kg Power pro braid and a 6kg mono leader is all you need.
we all know they are a pest species, but as a sport fish on light tackle
one can have a ball on these often large fish. The rig that
worked for me in the dam was a small float and a few split shots on the
trace and a number two hook. Best baits: try bread or sweet corn
straight from the can, a bread or chook pellet burley will help keep
them on the bite. Remember carp are a pest species so don`t put them
back, they should be removed from waters in Australia. Although not very popular in Australia, carp are eaten throughout the world, why not give carp a go? Check out Paul's Tempura carp recipe!