Inside the bay is still continuing to produce some top fishing and with Good Friday just about here it’s a great time to get some fresh fillets for the table. Pinky Snapper continue to hold good numbers right through the region with the northern part of the bay fishing well. The area known as bird rock has been holding some nice fish to about 2kg with bait and soft plastics picking them up. King George Whiting are also well spread out through the bay with good reports coming from Stingaree Bay, Hermsley, Clifton Springs and Portarlington. Fishing the run out tide has been by far most productive with pipis proving to be the standout bait. Calamari also have been holding close to the shores of the Bellarine peninsula with Clifton Springs yet again the current hotspot with the pier fishing very well at night.
The Tuna off Barwon Heads have had a little bit of a fight back with some great reports coming through with plenty of fish still out there. The 60 metre line has been super productive with fish eating divers, skirts top water and Jigs. The fish have been moving pretty quickly so follow the birds and you will find the fish. The bottom fishing has also been quite productive with Gummy Sharks and Snapper biting quite well along the 40 metre line, baits such as fresh squid and salmon have been most productive.
Port Fairy has been on fire with an insane Barrel Tuna bite out the front. From straight south of Port Fairy to Julia Percy Island on the 55 metre line there has been fish ranging from 15kg through to 150kg. The fish have been eating a variety of lures and different techniques with a deep divers proving to be the most productive. Skirted lures have also been producing plenty of fish and so too have stick baits when the fish are on the surface slamming schools of redbait worked up to the top.
Wurdi Buloc Reservoir has continued to fish well for Trout and redfin with anglers having great success casting from the rock walls spoon style lures have been a standout as it allows for a long cast covering lots of water. Shallow diving jerk baits have also been getting plenty of fish, more so trout but they have been lethal. Duo Realis 80 and Megabass X70s have been standout lures to throw.
With the river height now settled the fishing has gone back to the way it was prior to the rise. Bait fishing has been good around Murchison and Toolamba with chicken and worms working best. Closer to Shepparton there has been some reports come in with cod being caught on single bladed Old Mates or vibration bladed Pirate Spinnerbaits. We are also now getting reports that Up stream in the Goulburn there has been fishing well with some monster trout being caught around Thornton. Floating worms or casting small spinners or nymph soft plastics.
The Broken River has gone a little quiet this week for those using bait with only a and full of reports coming in with the odd fish being caught on cheese. Lure fishing has continued to be very productive with Yellowbelly & Cod being caught near Benalla, The Weirs & around Broken River Drive. Small hardbodies & Lipless crank baits have been the best lures this week. Lipless crank baits are a great lure for the broken but it’s best to either cut the forward-facing treble off or run 1 or 2 single hooks.
The channels look to have improved again this past week with many reports of Yellowbelly & Cod being caught around Katandra, Shepp East and Murchison. The stand out lure this week has been anything rigged with a Bassman Beetle Spin up front. Fish are hitting these on the drop around the bridges and on the retrieve below drop bars. The best baits for those fishing with bait have been scrub worms, night crawlers and cheese. The worms are working well close to weeds snd rock either floated or with a running sinker. Fishing with cheese has been more successful in deeper water.
It will be a busy Easter weekend at the basin with some good weather predicted. The Redfin are still on the bite with the odd Yellowbelly being caught near the wall. Those Trolling are still reporting 20/30 fish a session ranging from 18/35cms with Codgers & Old Mates working best. Casting blades around the shallows has been a fun way to get high numbers of Redfin but the bigger fish seem to be deeper. Bait fishing from the bank is also a great way to land plenty of Redfin and Carp either lightly weighted or under a float. You will just need to adjust the depth the bait sits as the sun comes up with deeper a better option.
The trout are starting to pop up in our reports with more and more being caught as each week goes by. Trolling tassie devils or small stumpjumpers had been the best lures with Bonnie Doon end being the best spot. As the water temps drop we should see plenty of trout reported so if your looking to chase some at Eildon make sure you drop into your locals Trellys or online to stock up on your favourite trout lures. Bait fishing around the Trees has been successful this past week for both Yellowbelly & Redfin. Make sure you fish all depths around the trees don’t just drop the baits and hope for a bite. Either drift unweighted worms or move your worms up and down the trees either lifting or dropping a foot every few minutes. If you haven’t caught a fish in 15/20 minutes swap trees until you find a dept or tree that is holding fish.
The fishing has been great at Mulwala this past week with some great results coming out of the Central Vic Lure Casters event. The weed and river edges has been the best area of the lake to target cod with Spinnerbaits and Hardbodies. There are still some good fish being sounded up in the main basin and around the Yarrawonga bridge but these fish can be very fussy so if they don’t react to your lure just keep moving you will stumble across plenty more fish in those areas. Bait fishing off both foreshores has been a great way to chase cod with cheese and chicken being the best baits. The fish haven't been huge in these areas but numbers have been high so they make for a great spot for the family over the Easter Break.