The weather has been shocking to say the least however anglers that are keen enough to get out and have a crack have been landing some nice fish. The Geelong Yacht club has been fishing very well with the wild weather for Snapper, when its rough it just seems to stir everything up in there. Fish to 7kg have been caught with plenty of anglers losing much bigger fish on both soft plastics and bait. Small tinnies and kayaks that have been able to get inside and cast hard up on the structure have been doing best, fishing on an evening tide change just outside it would be ideal if in a bigger boat.
The Outer Harbour
The outer harbour has been a little slow, mainly due to the low water temperature but hopefully if we get some warmer days the temperature will increase and the fish should feed. In close around Clifton Springs has had plenty of pinkies cruise through, anglers casting soft plastics have had great success with anything from the gulp range being a standout. The channel has probably been the most productive area in terms of fish over about 3kg, once again fishing a tide change has definitely made all the difference to the anglers having success.
Calamari are holding in decent numbers off Clifton Springs through to Portarlington and even the other direction towards Hermsley. Size 3.0 jigs have been working very well, especially the Shimano Egixile jig range.
The crater lakes have been fishing very well for Both Brown and Rainbow Trout as well as Chinook Salmon for both bait and lure fisherman. Purrumbete at first and last night has been super productive on the lake edges for anglers casting hardbody lures. Lake Bullen Merri has been fishing well during the day down rigging, flat line trolling and bait fishing. Trolling with tassie devils and original rapalas are the go to lures and pilchard fillets are the best baits to soak.
The go to spot for so many lately has been the irrigation channels. Majority of Redfin & Yellowbelly have been caught out towards Waranga Basin but there is still fish being caught from Nagambie all the way down to Katandra.
We have been getting plenty of reports in our Shepparton store with Jackals or worms being the best lure or bait to use. Drop bars in the back waters are still fishing well for lure fisherman and floating worms around the bridge pylons the stand out for bait fisho’s.
We have been getting plenty of reports about the top quality fishing to be had at Dartmouth in recent weeks. Trolling Tassie Devils with a worm trailer out the back or small Rapala lures have been work the best in the main basin with some also reporting trout being caught on the down riggers. The water level is still rising and is currently sitting around the 84% mark.
The Yellowbelly are still on the bite at Lake Hume with trolling being the most successful method over the past week. Deep diving lures such as the Halco Crazy Deeps or Arashi deep diving lures with Green, White & Gold colours working best. The Redfin fishing has been a little more hit and miss but if you get a session that’s a hit your on for some top line fishing. Up to 50 Redfin were reported vertically jigging both Rapala Ice-Jigs or Zx40 blades.
The Yellowbelly fishing has still not been great in the lake with next to no reports up the Bundalong end and only a hand full down towards the train bridge. The only semi consistent area seems to be around the mouth of the Mulwala Channel with Yellowbelly being caught mostly on TN60 Jackals in PeaCock colour or black ZX40 blades. Don’t forget the countdown to the cod classic is on so jump into your local Trellys or Online and stock up on all your cod gear for this years much anticipated event.
After the recent rain the Goulburn has come up again and prior to the rise the river had fished well especially with bait. The hot spots before the rise had been out towards Toolamba using both Giant scrub worms or small Yabby’s or fresh Shrimp around the sand bars at Raftery’s Rd. The rise maybe a little negative but on a positive note the Victorian Fishing Authority in conjunction with the Goulburn Broken CMA have recently announced a fish habitat upgrade for the Goulburn River. The Goulburn Broken CMA will be installing 80 large logs and stumps with root balls at 5 sites along the river near Wyuna, north west of Shepparton. The structures will provide shelter, food and breeding sites for native fish…….and casting targets for freshwater fishers. The project is one of 3 the Goulburn Broken CMA has received funding for from the latest round of the Recreational Fishing Grants Program.
The cold snap has slowed up the Yellowbelly fishing over the past week which is a real shame as the fish had started to fire at Eildon. With a little warmer weather excepted over the coming days we can only hope the water temps rise again and the fish chew like they were. Those who did report fish they mentioned rolling black gulp grubs vertically up tree trunks or bobbing yabbies around the bigger trees towards Bonnie Doon.
With the recent rain in the area the broken has dirtied up again but this hasn’t shut the fish off. Shane from Trellys Shepparton had a ripper of a session in the Kayaks prior to one of the storm fronts out towards Caniambo. Others have been catching Yellowbelly and by catch cod on small Old Mate Lures & Jackal TN60 lures. Unless the water comes right up the Broken should continue to fish well for the next 4/5 months on both Lures & Bait. The shrimp are starting to be more active so grab a shrimp net and make sure your using the freshest possible bait.
Redfin and Yellowbelly have been caught predominantly at the caravan park end boy ramp. Keitech Soft plastics rigged on a Owner Flashy Simmer Jighead has worked well and a great set up for fishing the weed in the lake. There is plenty of ways to rig your lures to be more weedless so before heading to the lake come into the Shepparton store and the boys will be able to kit your out with some top line weedless gear. Bait fishing has slowed down with the odd trout and Redfin being caught one worms under a float Around the jetty’s at the caravan park end.
Blue Rock Dam
The Small Bass are still on the bite around the edges especially in lower light hours small megabass ciglets or micro pompadour’s being the best lures. Those who have been catching the bigger Bass have reported throwing both Bassman Football Jigs or the Bassman Shorty’s deep in the Timber up the river arm. Working your jigs super slow hard in the cover or right on the bottom is one of the best techniques in the spring time at Blue Rock. It hasn’t just been the Bass being reported over the last couple of weeks but some cracker Brown trout being caught mostly trolling in the main basin.
Freshwater streams and rivers
We have been getting reports of Good fishing in the rivers in the high country and around Eildon again this week. Small Strike Tiger soft plastics or smaller Rapala lures being the most popular. Redfin and trout have been caught around Lake Eildon. The rain last week May dirty up these smaller rivers and streams so next week you may find the bite a little tougher.
The Goulburn river towards Thornton has been a great option with all the rain and wind with the river trout chewing really well. Dylan Pace managed about a dozen trout (browns and rainbows) to 45cm on soft plastics rigged on a 1/20th jig head and norries laydown minnows. Dylan also managed to land some good fish sight casting scrub worms too.