The Goulburn River is fishing ok at the moment with bait being the best method lately of getting onto a few fish. Cod have been getting caught north of Shepparton on Cheese and Chicken. There are a few Yellowbelly getting caught around Murchison on Scrubbies but they are quite tough to find with the colder weather We’ve been having. We had a customer come in on Saturday who had been lucky enough to land a 132cm Cod on a piece of Trelly’s Special Chicken bait. Crayfish have been getting caught around Nagambie, Murchison and Shepparton in some of the deeper sections of the river and around the Nagambie Wineries. Carp and Liver have been great baits if you’re after some Crayfish while the season is open.
The Murray River is still fishing really well with some great cod being caught mostly on large surface lures. There have been great reports flowing in from many sections of the river from Yarrawonga to Torrumba. Getting there just before first light and casting as long as there is some shadow on the water has worked well for a lot of people when casting Surface lures like the big Kingfisher Paddlers and Balista Tremors with the Paddler Bib. On sunny days it pays to give Spinnerbaits like the Bassman Codman Dt’s a go throughout the day if the surface bite is slow. Benny From Shepparton caught this 99cm Cod from the Murray this week on a Koolabung Surface lure.
There are good numbers of Redfin being caught at Waranga Basin however you need to sift through a few small ones to get to the larger ones worth taking home for a feed. Most fish have been between 15cm and 25cm but there are some larger ones around 40cm amongst them. Trolling Lures is a good way of covering some ground with mid-depth divers like RMG Poltergeists and 15ft Codgers accounting for good numbers of fish. When trolling it pays to have a soft plastic rigged above the diver to help with getting a few extra bites. Good sections to target are around the Windsock, Harrimans point and the boat club with 4m - 5m being a good depth to troll at.
Lake Hume is still going strong with great numbers of Redfin still being caught and some nice sized fish amongst them. Trolling is still a great way of finding some good fish along with working Ice Jigs, Blades and soft plastics. Bait Junkie Grubs and Minnows are working well when cast amongst the schools of Redfin. Worms dropped down amongst the school are a sure way of getting onto some good numbers once the Redfin are in a feeding frenzy.
There have been some nice sized Murray Cod getting caught out of Eildon recently but they are few and far between. Surface lures are a good option in low light periods but swimbaits are accounting for some good fish when worked around some of the shallow bays and worked near schools of bait. Chris Caught this Cod after spotting it on his Lowrance Active Target.
Trout have been going extremely well lately with plenty of fish getting caught while trolling Tassie Devils and small hardbodies. Most Trout have been around the 40cm mark with the majority getting caught in the early morning just after first light and for the first hour or two of daylight. Most sections of the Lake have been holding good numbers of Trout including the Big River arm, Howqua arm and near Bonnie Doon. Dieter caught this dinosaur of a Brown Trout in the Big River arm last week measuring 70cm.
The big girls are coming out to play at Mulwala with some great reports coming through of big Swimbait and soft plastic Munching Cod. Casting swimbaits and large soft Plastics like the 9” Biwaa Kapsiz Kast around the shallow sections of the lake is a good option when looking for the bigger fish that come out over winter. Surface lures are a great option if fishing into the night or out there in the early morning. Josh had a great session at Mulwala on the weekend landing two Cod going 92cm and 104cm on large Soft Plastics.
Corio Bay and Geelong
Locally the fishing has been good with plenty of variety about to keep anglers entertained with Pinkie Snapper being the top target fish. North Shore has been by far the most popular location with plenty of fish to about 3kg hitting the deck. Casting soft plastics in and around the structure has been by far the most popular method with Gulp turtleback worms being the best lure. In towards the Geelong yacht club has still got plenty of good fishing on offer with anglers picking up pinkies, salmon, flathead and trevally all on bait and lures. Over the next few weeks we can expect the snotty trevalla to come onto the chew and also see the snook fire up some more.
After a few weeks of strong winds it has really fired up the fishing along the Bellarine peninsula and has sent the whiting into a feeding frenzy. St Leonards through to Queenscliff has been on fire with some thumping fish being caught and bag limit captures being very achievable. Fishing into the night has been very effective but fishing your tides during the day should still see you encounter plenty of fish.
Silver Trevally continue to bite well in the Barwon Estuary towards Ocean Grove with plenty of quality fish being landed. Fish to over 50cm are still in the area along with tonnes of fish between 30-40cm. Casting grub style soft plastics have been working best and bait fishos are still landing their fair share too with pipi and pilchards being the number one bait of choice.
South West Coast
Down the west coast the Bluefin tuna bite continues to provide the keen angler with the goods. Apollo Bay has been fishing very well for Barrels with boats finding fish to over 100kg holding out towards Big Reef and the rig out there. It is a long way so make sure you do your research and get your fuel right but there are plenty of fish out there with heaps of school fish around as well.