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The freshwater fishing this past week has really heated up with the crater lakes producing some quality captures. Lake bullen merri and Lake purru have both in Fishing very well for rainbow tiger and brown trout. In Bullen Merri Some angles have managed to get their boat on the lake regardless of the boat ramp construction and I've managed to pick up some quality fish on the troll. Tassie devils have been a favourite Laurel at the moment as well as Daiwa double clutches. Chinook salmon have also been biting well in the lake with anglers using bait just off the bottom finding good success. Lake Purrumbete Has definitely been holding the better quality fish with brown trout after 7 pound being caught. There has been plenty of redfin an offer in the lake to dropping ice jigs or soft plastics on their heads has been super affective.
Wurdi Buloc and Stoney Creek
Wurdi Buloc reservoir and stony creek reservoir both continue to produce some good trout in redfin Fishing also. Wurdi buloc has probably been the stand out like with plenty of trout to 1 pound been caught along with a few pushing the 6 pound Mark.
The inner harbour of Corio Bay has still continue to produce plenty of good fishing with pinky snapper in Australian salmon on the chew. Bait fishing with blue boat in squid has been working very Well. Anglers casting soft plastics have also been finding great success, 3 inch minnow profile in natural patterns have been working the best.
Port Macdonnel Has been red-hot with the barrel tuna bite at the moment with lots of reports coming in daily with Fish over 100 kg been caught and for some boats multiple in one day. A lot of success has come from skirted lures and dropping live bait into the schools of fish
There have been a few early morning frosts this week and that has only helped the Cray fishing in the Goulburn River. We have had reports all the way from Nagambie to Shepparton with heaps of legals caught amongst plenty of smaller undersized Crays and berried up females. Chicken necks, livers and pumpkin has been the best baits reported this week. Native Fishing has slowed down a tad but we have had the odd cod report with Bardi Grubs working best. Those fishing with scrub worms have reported plenty of carp around the Moira Park area.
The trout trollers are having plenty of fun this week with some high numbers of trout caught on tassie devils and TN60 jackals. The TN60 Jackal is an underrated trolling lure and rigged with assist hooks out the back can be deadly for Trout and also Redfin. It’s not just trout this week with some monster Cod being caught and reports have been predominantly about the great surface bite. Big Kingfisher surface walkers and Tremors continue to account for plenty of big fish this winter. Small bays that hold bait seem to be the best locations with the odd big fish being picked up using live sonar out a bit deeper in open water.
The trout are stocked up and on the chew in the Shepparton Lake. It’s great to see so many younger anglers get out to the lake and chase these fish which range in sizes. Better yet it seems so many are practicing catch and release which is a great way to extend the great bite period in the lake. Small Keitech soft plastic and x-rap 4s have been the pick of the lures this week with the Strike tiger nymph also accounting for some fish. Bait fishing has been best around the grass hill with lightly weighted worms and powerbaits working well.
Blue Rock Dam
There have been some winter monsters caught at blue rock lately with some Bass reported around the 45/48cm mark. It’s great to see the class of Bass get up there with some of the nsw dams and hopefully we can see the smaller class of fish push into the legal rang over the next couple of seasons. Small chatterbaits in the trees have worked well this week with some bigger resident fish caught this way. Out in the main basin zx40 blades fished vertically has worked well on school bass. The trout are still on the chew with some nice sized fish caught trolling and using baits such as worms and powerbait.
Ballarat’s Bryce Abbott had some luck recently on a trip to Tullaroop Reservoir near Maryborough. The key to the success on the day was due to using his Hummingbird. Bryce used his 360 to find the fish from a distance and then pin pointed them up closer with his Hummingbird Mega Live. Bryce landed some nice Redfin and trout both trolling and on the cast during the day. The Miller Rod Brawler was his rod of choice and is a great all-round rod for Trout, Redfin, Yellowbelly and even salt water species like Bream and Flathead. We love featuring new locations so please send in your reports and we will try our best to get them all into the weekly report.