June 25, 2021
Fishing and Boating News
Victorian Fisheries, Together with Goulburn-Murray Water, North Central CMA and Austral Research and Consulting, have salvaged 450 native fish from irrigation channels near Katunga ahead of upcoming maintenance works. 300 river blackfish, 130 Murray cod and 20 yellas have been relocated to nearby waterways.
The 300 blackfish were released into the Campaspe River, which has not seen river blackfish since the 1960s! Released at 6 sites along the river, these blackfish will be monitored by Victorian Fisheries to make sure they remain healthy within the system.
Shepparton Local lakes
With the school holidays amongst us we should see Lake Victoria and a couple other local lakes getting stocked with a heap of ready to catch Trout to help encourage families to get out and fish these school holidays. If You’re looking to do a bit of bait fishing, baits such as worms and powerbait are the best options. Casting small soft plastics like the Strike tiger nymphs are a fun way of catching a few of these stocked Trout, another great way of getting onto a few is casting small minnow lures around 30mm to 50mm in length. If casting little minnow lures make sure they have a shallow bib and if needed replace the trebles with singles as this will help you get the lure through the weed in the lake. Brad and Nelson from Trelly's Shepparton got stuck into the stocked Trout before work this week, landing fish on Strike Tiger Nymphs and RTBroughton 50mm Shimmy's
Lake Eildon has been hit and miss lately but there are still a few Cod getting caught while casting big Swimbaits and soft plastics like the 9” Biwaa Kapsiz Kast. working around rocky edges and points have been good sections to start but if you can put in the time to find the bait there should be some Cod nearby picking off any stragglers. Sunny Caught This Cod on a Biwaa 9” Kapsiz Kast. Apparently it was full of Redfin and regurgitated a heap onto the deck of his boat. Jamie caught this beefy Cod from Eildon earlier this week.
There have been a few Yellowbelly getting caught around the Delatite arm in some of the slightly warmer water. Trout have been still fishing really well especially around the Southern arms like Howqua, Big River and Goulburn arms. Trolling Tassie devils and small minnow lures have been your best bet to get a few as they make their way up the arms and into the rivers to spawn. David Caught 7 Trout in the Howqua arm over the weekend including these few that are happily swimming around his live well.
Reports of Yellowbelly have slowed out of Nillahcootie as the weather cools down and we’re seeing a couple reports of Redfin getting caught but not large numbers. There have been a few reports of some Cod getting caught out of Nillahcootie while Trolling shallow hardbodies but the best report we’ve seen is this 101cm Cod that Shane caught out of his Kayak while fishing with a Balista Tremor in the Murray Cod colour. Proving that the Tremors will catch big Cod in most waterways.
There have still been great numbers of Redfin getting caught out of Hume Weir lately with the best reports coming from guys who have been trolling RMG Poltergeists in the 50mm, 8m+ crazy deep size. Good colours have been white and black along with Redfin imitation colours. The average size we’ve seen have been around 20-30cm. The great news is that there have been more big Trout getting caught from hume. Trolling tassie devils and small lures like the Balista Trance or Rapala minnows have been working well. John had a great day at Hume with his dad landing 3 big Trout measuring between 63cm and 68cm.
The Geelong Waterfront continues to be one of the town’s current hotspots with Pinkie snapper in plague proportions. The fish are holding tight on structure and just about any structure along the waterfront has been fishing very well, it is a bit easier to access some locations via a boat or kayak but land based fishos are still getting amongst the action also. The snapper have been ranging in size to just legal size right up to about 3kg along with plenty of bi catch such as flathead, trevally, snotty trevalla and salmon by the thousands. Garfish have still remained in good numbers inside the harbour with Cunningham pier being the number 1 location. Letting out a solid burley trail is key with tiny cuts of bait suspended under a pencil float is the trick to get a feed of these guys. Although not big they are fantastic fun to catch.
Clifton Springs remains a popular location for anglers in search of a feed of King George whiting with many boats finding plenty of fish. The fish have been holding in great numbers from Hermsley all the way through to grassy point, although there are lots more small fish than big ones the better quality fish are there. Fishing the tide changes and late in the arvos have been the best bite times with pipis and squid being the best baits.
Port Campbell offshore
The oil rig off Port Campbell is on fire at the moment for tuna with fish ranging right from 5kg all the way through to 130kg with everything in-between. Trolling skirted lures has been the most popular technique along with cubing which has accounted for a fair share of the fish too. As mentioned it is a very long run so make sure you check your fuel and plan your trip thoroughly.
Lake Purrumbete continues to fish well for both trout and salmon over the past week and also allows anglers to escape the windy weather as the lake offers plenty of protection from the wind. Trout have been biting well along the edge of the weed beds on shallow diving lures and Mudeye suspended under a float. Kevin Hunter and David Russel fished together over the weekend in search of Chinook Salmon having great success in landing fish to 1.5kg whilst trolling megabass and tassie devil lures.
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