The Cudgegong River starts its flow within the Wollemi National Park above Dunns Swamp, North East of Kandos. The river flows through Rylstone, Mudgee and meets the Macquarie River from the north at Lake Burrendong.
The Cudgegong also supplies water to three other dams Dunns Swamp, Rylstone Dam and Lake Windamere which block the river at different points above Mudgee.
Between Windamere Dam and Mudgee weir the Cudgegong and its tributaries are classified as General Trout Stream (this means general trout stream regulations apply). Trout are also present above Lake Windamere around Rylstone and in some sections of river below Mudgee.
Native fish can also be found in the Cudgegong including Golden Perch which can be taken and the protected species Silver Perch, Catfish, Trout Cod and River Black Fish which can not be taken from the river.
Carp and Redfin Perch are present in the lower reaches in large numbers.
For trout by far the best way to catch fish in the Cudgegong is with small lures such as celters soft plastics and minnow lures. If you’re fly fishing the best methods in summer are generally streamers with a slow varied jerky retrieve and dry flies such as ant patterns (during the day) and beetles, small moth patterns like the white moth and white wulf (at dusk, dawn and after dark). When fishing winter spawning conditions (only permitted outside of general trout stream waters) bright pink and orange streamers, glow bugs and nymphs are popular. Bright lures (pink and bright yellow) also work better in the cooler months.
For natives spinner baits work well as do stump jumpers. Bait fishing is popular for native fish. Worms, yabbies, bardie and other wood grubs are very popular baits.
For carp the most popular baits are normally cheese, worms or corn. Large s worms with two or more worms on a single hook makes a very effective bait, particularly after periods of rain.