June 17, 2021
Fishing and Boating News
Harrimans Point Boat Ramp at Waranga Basin is set for a major upgrade with a $400,000 grant being awarded to upgrade facilities at Waranga Basin. . The funding will see the existing ramp doubled in width to create two lanes as well as installation of a compacted gravel car and trailer parking area, turnaround area, improved signage and aids to navigation to improve safety on the water. The upgrade will provide additional capacity and make it easier to launch at Harriman Point, one of three public boat ramps at Waranga.
The Goulburn River has seen some good numbers of Crayfish getting caught between Undera and Seymour in some of the deeper sections of the river. The best baits have been Carp and liver however any fleshy stinky baits will work well with attracting a few nice Crayfish. We’ve had a few reports of people landing Crayfish on rod and reel including this one that Shepparton regular Marty caught on rod and reel while bait fishing over the weekend.
Waranga Basin is fishing well with some good numbers of fish being caught and a few bigger ones amongst them. The average size is around 20cm so you need to sift through a few small fish to find some reasonable ones to take home for a feed. Trolling hard-bodied lures is a good way of finding some fish and has been successful in getting a couple of the larger Redfin to bite. Good areas to try are around the windsock, Harrimans Point and the Boat Club, focussing in around 4-5m of water. Adele with her dad Fons made use of the Queen's Birthday Public holiday and got onto a couple bigger Redfin while trolling a Strike Pro Mini Hunch at the Basin. These two Redfin measured 40cm and 46cm.
Lake Victoria Shepparton
There are still a few Trout getting caught in Lake Victoria especially with the colder weather that is coming through. Fishing on first and last light are the best times of day however they are getting caught throughout the day especially if it is overcast. Small soft plastics, 7gm Tassie devils and small hardbodies are all working well. If you plan to try your luck with the weedy parts of the lake it pays to rig your lures with single hooks to lower your chance of getting caught up in the weeds. Nelson from Trellys Shepparton caught this little Trout on an RTB 50mm Shimmy in a quick before work session.
Lake Eildon has been fishing well with some good numbers of Trout getting caught throughout most sections of the lake from Bonnie Doon to the Big River arm. Around Bonnie Doon trolling with Tassie Devils and Small minnows has been working well. In Big River arm Pink Tassie Devils are the go to but there are still some good Trout coming in on Minnow style lures around 50-70mm long. We’ve seen a couple reports of some small Yellowbelly getting caught around the delatite while Trolling. Cod are getting caught in the Main arm and Big river arm on large swimbaits and big surface lures.
Lake Hume is still firing with good numbers of Redfin getting caught on most methods including Bait fishing with Worms and Small Yabies as well as trolling mid depth divers around 50mm long. The good news is that there have been some more Trout getting caught out of Hume with a couple stonkers amongst them. Trolling Tassie Devils and Small minnows in the cooler weather has been a successful way of getting a few nice Trout however there are a few still getting caught while targeting Redfin. Rhys Caught this cracking 64cm Trout from Hume last weekend.
The Murray River is still seeing some good numbers of big Cod getting caught on both surface lures and Spinnerbaits. Between Yarrawonga and Echuca have been good areas to try with some great reports coming out from around Barmah. Casting Big surface lures like the Balista Tremor is a great way of finding some nice fish but it pays to give Spinnerbaits a go like the Bassman DT and Bassman Mumblers. If there are two of you on the boat it’s a great idea to have one working surface and one working deeper to see where the fish are holding. This paid off for Jamie who caught this 103cm Cod on a Bassman Mumbler last week.
Corio Bay Inner Harbour
Garfish are in abundance at the moment with plenty of different locations holding plenty of fish. Grammar School Lagoon, Western Beach, Cunningham Pier and the Geelong Yacht Club all holding tonnes of fish with the Grammar School holding the better average size. Burley is key to get the school to where you’re fishing but it shouldn’t take too long until they show up after throwing that first handful in. Silverfish, Prawns and pipis are all fantastic baits to run, cut be sure to cut them into really small pieces and suspend them under a pencil float.
King George Whiting still remained a popular target along the Bellarine with plenty of boats heading out in search of a feed. Unfortunately the amount of boat traffic on the water has made the fishing tricky but some boats still did manage to score themselves a feed and they were the boats that found their own bit of water to fish and get away from the crowds. Calamari were holding in great numbers in similar areas all the way around the Bellarine, anywhere along the coast line over a weed bed ranging between 2.5 and 4 metres of water is prime ground to start looking with natural coloured jigs working well.
The Oil Rig off Port Campbell has been a hot spot for over the past few weeks with Barrel Tuna going crazy out there at the moment with fish ranging between 60 – 120kg in weight. Trolling skirted lures has been most effective with plenty of boats also getting them cubing. Just be cautious as you must remain 500m from the rig and be sure to plan your trip as it’s a big run.
Portland has been fishing very well with the ease in weather with Tuna, Makos and assorted reef fish all finding their ways to the cleaning tables. School Tuna are holding in great numbers off the shelf towards the horse shoe in 350m of water. Diving lures and Skirted lures have been working very well with boats finding bulk fish. Mako sharks are also hanging around in good numbers inside and just on the shelf with some anglers even picking them up whilst chasing tuna. Snapper, Gummy Sharks, Nannygai and other tasty reef fish are also holding in good numbers along the west coast with drifting big strips of squid or dropping slow pitch jigs on their heads getting the bites down deep.
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