The Trout have really started to come on the bite at Eildon with some recent cold weather. They have been going well around Bonnie Doon, Jerusalem Creek, The Main arm and Big River arm with flat line trolling Tassie Devils working the best. Lighter colours such as whites, pinks and bright green have been the pick of colours. Small Minnow style hardbodies are also working well such as the Balista Trigger and Rapala CD7’s in the trout colours. Redfin and Yellowbelly have been getting caught on baits like worms and Yabbies with a few nice ones getting caught in the delatite arm near the pines. Murray Cod have been tough but there are a few big ones getting caught on large swimbaits, big soft plastics and surface lures around The Big River arm and the main arm. Donovan has been putting in the hours recently and was rewarded with this Great Cod he caught on a Zerek Stalker.
Waranga basin is seeing good numbers of Redfin being caught while trolling small hardbodies as well as working plastics amongst the schools near Harrimans point and the caravan park. Trolling lures like 55mm Codgers in pink or red and Size 3 Stumpjumpers have been working well. Soft plastics like the bait junkie minnows and grubs are going well when fished amongst the bigger schools of Redfin, however you need to sift through plenty of small fish to find some reasonable sized keepers. Some great by-catch we’ve seen over the weekend have been a couple big Trout caught while trolling for redfin. It’s rare to find Trout at Waranga however they are usually big with the average size measuring from 50cm up to 70cm.
Nagambie has been hit and miss lately with a few nice fish still getting caught including some mid sized Murray Cod and Yellowbelly over 50cm. Bait fishing has been the most productive method with a few Cod getting caught on chicken and Yellowbelly getting caught on Scrubbies and Yabbies.around the weir has been the best spot if you were to throw some lures with spinnerbaits still accounting for a couple fish lately. Warren caught this nice 53cm Yellowbelly over the weekend near the Leisure park.
Lake Victoria Shepparton
There are still a few Trout getting caught out of Lake Victoria, however they are getting harder to target as they move around a bit more throughout the lake. There are still some good sized Ex-Broodstock Rainbow Trout in the lake which are great fun on light gear. There have been a couple Yellowbelly and Redfin getting caught while casting plastics and Beetle spin rigged Soft plastics above the weed. The key to fishing above the weed is making sure you keep your rod tip high to ensure your plastic stays above the weed or skims along the top of it. Nelson from Trellys Shepp with a little Redfin caught on a strike tiger nymph being slowly rolled above the weed.
Mulwala has been fishing well with some Yellowbelly getting caught on vibes as well as plenty of nice sized cod getting caught on swimbaits over the past week. Fow yellowbelly soft vibes have been the best lures to use with Jackall Mask Vibes and Zerek fish Traps both working well when fishing in some of the backwaters around Mulwala and in the river. Jackall Chibitarels and Bone Focus 130’s have been a good option when looking for good numbers of fish as the smaller profile of these swimbaits isn’t as daunting to smaller and tentative fish. There are still plenty of bigger fish that get caught on the smaller swimbaits but most have been upsizing to the Jackall Gantarels of Gigantarels if targeting larger Cod. Surface lures are still a great option as well around dusk and dawn throughout the shallow sections of Mulwala. Trellys Shepparton regular Anton was pumped when he Landed this 114cm Cod on a Kuttafurra Jointed Joe Rat at Mulwala over the weekend.
Lake Hume is still going really well for Redfin with big numbers still getting caught on most methods. Deep diving RMG Poltergeists are a great lure when searching for the fish and then Soft plastics and small vibes are a great go to method when working at a school of Redfin. As far as soft plastics go Bait Junkie Minnows and Grubs have been going well along with 3” Keitech’s. For the bait fisho’s, small yabbies and worms are a great bait to get some Redfin in the boat however if you can get onto some Shrimp they are still the standout bait to use.
Lake Purrumbete and Wurdi Buloc Reservoir
The Freshwater fishing has really started to fire up over the past few days with the south west lakes starting to produce some cracking fish.Lake Purrumbete has also had some good reports over the past week with anglers finding some nice brown trout in the lake along with plenty of redfin too. Wurdi Buloc Reservoir has been fishing very well as of late with both Trout and Redfin in the feeding mood. Fishing at first or last light are definitely the best times to get there and have a cast, they do still bite during the day but those first and last hours of the day are by far the most productive. The Trout have been biting best on shallow diving minnow style lures but it still pays to take a variety of other lures such as spoons, plastics and spinners.
The Redfin throughout Wurdi Buloc are still biting well with fish getting up to 40cm, spoons have probably been the most productive as it will assist in getting a big cast out to cover more water. Bass fished Wurdi Buloc earlier in the week and landed some great Trout and a good sized Redfin while casting spinners.
The Geelong Waterfront has still been fishing well for land based fishos this past week and once again Wangim Walk has been the number one hotspot to wet a line. Adam Van Der Lugt from Trellys went for a suss during the week and found himself crossing paths with a few pinkie snapper and salmon all on soft plastics. Running about a 1/6 ounce jig head with a 4inch plastic with either a curl or paddle tail is definitely the go to for getting bites down there at the moment.
King George Whiting have slowed down a little bit over the past week in some particular areas but anglers are still having no worries in scoring a bag of fish. The better reports are coming mainly from Clifton Springs through to Portarlington with reports of boats bagging out in less than an hour and some quality fish in amongst them too.
St Leonards has had some good gummy shark fishing on offer over these past few weeks with anglers finding plenty of what you would call “perfect table fish”. Fishing The deeper water or the channels have been the most productive locations with fresh bait like salmon and squid working a treat. The fish have been biting well all throughout the day but fishing the tide changes are the best times to chase them.