Trellys Fishing Report

Trellys Fishing Report

Corio Bay

The inner harbour of Corio Bay has kept anglers guessing this week with the areas that have very recently been fishing very well have seemed to slowed up a bit. However, due to this fishos have been trying some different spots and have been finding the fish hanging there instead! For example the Grammar School Lagoon has been a hot this past week with Pinky Snapper, Silver Trevally, Bream, Flathead and interestingly some Yellowtail Kingfish! Anglers casting soft plastics have been picking up all these species with the Pinkies being most prolific, the super popular Turtleback worms have yet again proved to be the standout lure and let’s face it, that’s not going to change anytime soon. Garfish have remained pretty hit and miss for most anglers with some days the fish seeming to be everywhere in good numbers and other days far from that. St Helens, Grammar School, Lineburners and the Geelong waterfront are just some locations that well worth having a look for them.


Bellarine Peninsula

Around the Peninsula Garfish have been in better number compared to the inner harbour with Clifton Springs, Portarlington and Swan Bay all fishing quite well. For Gars a steady burley trail is a super key factor to finding succuss with super tiny baits suspended under a pencil float. King George Whiting remain on the chew in the usual areas, as always mentioned the stronger tides are the best times to chase them. Calamari have been a little tricky lately, probably has a bit to do with the water clarity but still well worth having a go.


Barwon Heads

Offshore Barwon Heads has still been offering some fantastic Gummy Shark fishing for those bottom fishing out there. Again this week Chris and his crew on Gone Fishing charters has been right amongst the action landing some quality sharks to 15kg in weight. Other anglers have also been getting amongst the action landing Gummy and School sharks along with some nice eating size Pinkies.


Wurdi Buloc

Freshwater fishing this week has yet again seen Wurdi Buloc produce some cracking Redfin with anglers casting from the main rock wall getting amongst the action. Spoon and soft plastic style lures are a hot favourite for the Reddies in here and pretty much anywhere in the state but don’t be too surprised if a big Trout comes along and has a crack!


Goulburn River 


The weather currently during the day has been great around the Shepparton region and this has seen many locals spending time on the banks of the Goulburn River. Bait fishing seems to be very popular lately with plenty of worms being purchased lately. We have had some reports of Yellowbelly and Cod being caught behind the Shepparton Lake, Boat ramp and around Jordan’s Bend. The numbers of fish captures have dropped off as the nights cool off but it’s still worth spending a few hours on the banks of the Goulburn. It’s not just natives being caught with plenty of big carp also reported this week with worms and corn being the best baits. Those trolling are picking up the odd cod with fluro green coloured lures working best trolled super slow. A couple of Murchison regulars have also caught a few cod this week casting tn70s rigged with single hooks and slowly rolling them back to the boat being the best method. 


Broken River 


Just like the Goulburn the numbers of fish reported has dropped off but locals are still catching fish if they’re willing to put the time in. Towards Benalla we are still getting a couple of surface lure captures with pompadours being the best of the surface lures for that section of river. Downstream below the weirs there is still fish being caught on tn60 jackals and small chatterbaits with a slow roll and the odd pause being the best way to fish those lures. Bait fishing around the Broken River Dr area has also been productive during the day with a couple of cod and Yellowbelly reported amongst plenty of carp. 


Irrigation Channels 


At the time of writing this report the main eastern channel is flowing super hard which can be a sign that the annual winter draw down will be close bye. The flow has made it a bit tricky to target the usual areas with the water bear the drop bars becoming very turbulent, but if you can find a back water, a break from the current or some weed downstream you will be able to catch fish. Bridge pylons are also difficult to target at the moment as it’s hard to get under the bridges to put a cast in but a great way to fish them is to cast and let your hardbody drift under the bridge then once your lure is in the perfect spot start your retrieve.The cod seem to be holding tight to the bridges so make sure you drift your lures as close as possible. Bait fishing can be a bit more difficult in the high flow times so make sure you upgrade your sinker size so the bait isn’t dragging along the bottom and getting snagged. 



Waranga Basin 


There have been some ripper days lately and this has seen plenty of anglers heading to the basin. The fishing has been as good as the weather as well with plenty of Redfin being caught on both lures and bait. Trolling small Stumpjumpers and the standard bibbed RMG’s have been the best lures for those trolling this week. The fish are sitting in around 10/12ft so you don’t need to be using super deep diving lures. Drifting worms in the same depth just off the bottom has also been a great way to chase Redfin with some pan sized fish being reported on night crawlers. The Boat ramp at Harrimans Point is out of action for a couple of weeks due to scheduled maintenance so you will need to find an alternate ramp near the caravan park if your looking to fish the basin over the next couple of weeks. 


 Campaspe River 


Water clarity is quite good, below Rochester has been fishing well as of lately, with a couple of good cod being caught on spinnerbaits and hard bodies. Yellowbelly have also been caught fishing with similar tactics, slow rolling spinnerbaits and hardbodies through heavy timber.


Lake Eppalock


Water clarity is currently not great, as a result the fishing has been slow, with small numbers of redfin being caught predominantly on yabbies.  The pick of spots have been towards the spillway and twin rivers end of the lake, fishing in around 5 meters of water and the drop offs to find the fish. Trolling these depths have been effective in finding fish, especially using smaller 50mm deep diving hardbodies such as the RNG Poltergeist. Good sized yellas have been caught the past week fishing deep structure and rocky drop offs with EcoGear blades and Jackall Mask Vib 60, with 9 colors now back in stock at Bendigo. 


Cairn Curran


Noisy baits doing well at the moment due to water clarity, with jackall TN60 proving effective on smaller yellowbelly and the occasional cod. Reports last week of a fisho getting a couple of cod off the trees in 7 meters of water. The redfin have been slow with not much happening on lures, and the odd school of redfin have caught on yabbies and worms. Fishing off the pines has been effective and working the deeper drop offs. 


Loddon River 


Murray cod have been slow with recent flows from Cairn Curran dropping the water clarity hasn't been good with both numbers of yellas and cos slowing drastically. Persisting with spinnerbaits and larger profile hardbodies will produce fish. Casting or trolling 15ft old mates or AC Invaders in the 90mm variant have proven effective in finding the odd cod. For the yellas, bright or dark colored spinnerbaits and small hardbodies such as the proficient 60mm have picked up some numbers of fish.