Trellys Fishing Report

Trellys Fishing Report

Corio Bay and Outer Harbour

Summer fishing options are plentiful at the moment with lots of species on the chew right across the region with the outer harbour of Corio bay showing some great results. Calamari and King George Whiting are in great numbers across the peninsula in the shallow water (2.5 – 5 metres) with anglers finding bag limit captures of both species on offer. The key lately is to be willing to move around a lot. As some anglers are only giving 2 or 3 spots a go until giving up but to those that are outing in that extra effort are finding the bigger feeding schools and having themselves some hot sessions. Whiting have been to over 40 cm and taking a liking to squid for bait and the calamari have been loving #2.5 or #3.0 jigs. Flathead and Pinky snapper have been in decent numbers out a little bit deeper (5-8 metres) with anglers casting 4-5 inch soft plastics finding the best results.



Around the corner towards Queenscliff has seem some fantastic whiting fishing as of late with Gone Fishing Charters right in the thick of it with Chris and his crew getting their customers onto some solid fish and lots of them too!



Offshore Barwon Heads has seen the Tuna prove to be a little more difficult to trick than recent weeks but they are still there, just require a bit more effort. Trolling first light with divers and skirts has proved to be very effective anf when the fish are regularly seen on top, casting topwater lures to them is working well too.  Yellowtail Kingfish have been in great numbers out the front too from 15 – 40 metres they are well spread out and taking a variety of lures and baits.


Goulburn & Broken Rivers 


Over the past week we have seen minor to major flooding of both rivers from previous rain events. With the flows still coming from lake Eildon we would expect to see the Goulburn run high. High water is something we have had to deal with over the last couple of years and when the water levels become safe to fish then there are ways to target both natives and carp. Spinnerbaits with single blades are a stand out lure in higher water levels as they throw off a god thump and helps fish zone in on the lures in the dirtier water. As the water falls you can target the banks that are just flooded as the fish will push onto these banks to feed, surface lures are also great In the calmer back waters. Carp are very active in the flooded times so corn and worms either drifted or under a float shallow Maybe a good option if you’re looking for a bit of fun. Make sure the river conditions are safe and you take care on the muddy banks post floods. 



Waranga Basin 


The fishing at the basin has been pretty steady lately with many anglers reporting good numbers of both Yellowbelly and Redfin. Casting zx40 blades or tn50 jackals have been very popular with a slow retrieve working best. If you can find structure such as old fence posts or larger rocks you can drop those 2 lures down to the bottom and just vertically jig them. Yellowbelly have been holding more on the structure with the Redfin being caught more cursing around. Trolling for Redfin has been good with tn70 jackals working shallow in around 8ft. If you’re going deeper, we would be tying on either the smaller old mates or the RMG poltergeist. Bait fishing from the banks with night crawlers or yabbies has been good with plenty of Redfin being caught from the banks. Carp are also being reported from those using both worms or corn as bait. 


Kialla Lakes 


Higher water levels mean a good edge bite at Kialla with plenty of fish on the chew. Small divers such as the jackal 38 chubby have been working well with plenty of legal sized Yellowbelly caught with a slow retrieve working well.  Redfin are hitting surface lures on the edge in the evening with any style of surface lure working well as long as you’re moving it quick. Small cicadas, jackal tappys, or popper around the 30/50mm length seem to be best. Bait fishing near the island has been great with some nice Redfin being caught on yabbies. From some reports we are getting it seems to be a 20 minute bite window per hour then the fish slow down so stay patient as the fish seem to either be cruising around or just only biting for a short period. 


Fish Out Pond (Arcadia) 

 Something a little different for our reports this week is from the new Fish Out Pond at the new native fish hatchery.  The pond is regularly stocked with Yellowbelly, Cod and Silver Perch. We have had some reports this week that Spinnerbaits are working well with some Yellowbelly being caught around the 6/7lb mark. Other great lure options have been square Bills, chatterbaits and tn60 jackals. Worms and yabbies have been the stand out baits with plenty of fish being caught fromThose fishing with bait. 


Arcadia Native Fish Hatchery Visitor Centre

200 Ross Rd, Arcadia

Open 7 days:

5am-10pm (Oct-Mar)

9am-5pm (Apr-Sept)