May 06, 2021
Shepparton Local Lakes
Lake Victoria in Shepparton is fishing alright with some good numbers of Redfin and Trout getting caught while casting lures near Aquamoves. Redfin around 20-25cm are getting caught while retrieving small plastics and Beetle spin rigged plastics above the weed. Ensure you keep your rod tip high to keep the plastics skimming across the top of the weed. There is also the chance of getting onto a nice Yellowbelly while fishing beetle spin rigged plastics above the weed. For the stocked trout the best method has been working 1” Strike Tiger nymphs in sections that are somewhat free of weed. Hopping the nymphs back towards you has been the best way of getting onto some of the Rainbow Trout that were put in there recently by Victorian Fisheries. Ruvy visited our Shepparton store on Friday to grab some gear and advice on how to fish Lake Victoria. Putting what he’d learnt to use he caught some nice Redfin on a Beetle spin rigged plastic and this Trout on a Strike Tiger 1” Nymph.
Waranga Basin has been going really well with some great numbers of Redfin getting caught on a variety of methods. Trolling deep divers along the wall has been a good way of getting onto a few better sized fish however the main schools have been holding off Harrimans point and near the Caravan Park. Trolling to find the fish and then dropping soft plastics and baits like Shrimp, Small Yabbies and worms down amongst them is a good way of getting onto a feed of Redfin. Luke Caught this 42cm Redfin while fishing at the Basin last week.
The Creeks around Strathbogie are a good option at the moment to find a few nice Redfin for a bit of fun on Plastics and light gear. Casting 1”- 2” soft plastics like Strike Tiger Nymphs and Keitech Easy Shiners is a great way of getting onto a few fish. If the fishing is a bit slow it’s always a good idea to dress up your plastics by fishing them with a beetle spin. Brad caught a few nice Redfin near Strathbogie last week while casting the Strike Tiger 1” Nymph in Bubblegum Pink.
Lake Eildon has started fishing better with some nice Trout getting caught around Big River and Bonnie Doon while trolling small Minnow lures and Tassie Devils in Colour 55 and Y05. There has been a bit of Blue Green algae throughout the lake so be mindful of this if you plan on keeping a few fish for a feed. Murray Cod have been hit and miss with a few getting caught around the Main Arm and Big River arm on Swimbaits and large plastics like the Megabass Magdraft. There have been some nice Yellowbelly caught while trolling RMG Poltergeists around the tree and also bait fishing with Scrubbies and Yabbies. Ron Caught this 51cm Yellowbeloly from Eildon last week.
Lake Hume still hasn’t looked like letting up on its magnificent Redfin bite that's been happening for the last few months. Most sections of the lake are fishing well with good numbers being caught on all methods from trolling to working vibes. Shrimp is the best bait but with the weather cooling down they could be harder to get. A great alternative to Shrimp is small yabbies and worms which are still accounting for plenty of fish. Jackall Mask Vibes and Nomad Vertrex Vibes are a good way of filling up the keeper bag once a school of fish is located.
The 2021 Teams fishing Australia Mulwala Fishing Classic took place over the weekend just gone. With 48 teams entered to fish over the 3 day Competition. Over the course of the event there were 73 Golden Perch and 254 Murray Cod Caught. The Largest Yellowbelly was caught by Nathan Skeers and measured 60cm. The Biggest Murray Cod measured 116.5cm and was caught by Brad Murray. The winning Team for the Competition, taking home the $25,000 prize money was Loomzy’s fishn fix (Jamie Loomes, Nathan Skeers, Mitchell Skeers) with a total length of 722.5cm from their 5 biggest Cod and 5 Biggest Yellowbelly. There have been plenty more great Murray Cod caught at Mulwala with swimbaits like Jackall Chibitarels and Megabass Vatalions both working well. Surface lures like the Coddog Paddlers are also great when fishing in low light and at night.
Big winter snapper continue to bite in the outer harbor for patient anglers fishing after dark. The key has been Using pilchard or Fresh caught squid fished as light as the conditions will allow, as the winter fish are notoriously fussy, gummy shark and flathead can be expected as by-catch. The inner harbour is fishing very well for smaller snapper/pinkies for both bait and lure anglers. Land based around the waterfront including off the new Wangim Walk Pier has seen Snapper to 55cm caught this week. Big schools of Salmon are also cruising along the waterfront from North Shore to Stingaree Bay with the occasional bust up occurring allowing anglers to cast lures into the action and catch fish to 40cm.
St Leonards Pier
St.Leonards pier has produced the goods this week with gummy shark and elephant sharks being caught in decent numbers, one angler reports catching 1 gummy and 3 elephant sharks in a single session while using squid for bait.
Queenscliff Harbour or ‘the cut’ has seen big Silver Trevally caught by anglers casting soft plastics around the slack tide. The classic 4 inch Gulp Turtleback worm in pumpkin green fleck colour is a proven favourite that will also pick up a pinkie snapper if they happen to be present on the day.
The freshwater fishing across the state has been fantastic as the temperature cools down. WurdiBuloc Res has produced redfin to 45cm for anglers casting lures of a late afternoon and those keen enough to be at the water's edge for first light could be rewarded with trophy size trout that the lake is known for this time of year.
Upper Stoney Creek Reservoir
Upper Stoney Creek Res just out of Anakie is reportedly fishing well too with redfin caught on scrub worms, yabbies and Bob’n’spoon lures cast off the rock wall, trout are also being caught and fly fishing the lake has proved very effective lately in a morning or afternoon when the fish are feeding over shallow water near reeds and weed beds.
Eaglehawk Neck Tasmania
The Tuna down at Eaglehawk neck in Tasmania have been going well with a couple of our Shepparton regulars jumping on a charter while down in Tasmania this Week. Elaina and Adele got onto a couple nice Tuna while on a holiday with the family. The weather made it a bit tough, as well as losing 3 out of the 5 hooked fish to seals. The Largest Tuna they boated was around 25kg caught on a Halco Laser pro 190 in Coral Trout colour. Stuart Nichols Personalised Fishing charters have been running Tuna charters out of Eaglehawk Neck for over 20 years and are our recommendation if you ever want to get onto some Tuna in this great part of the Country.
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