Trelly's Fishing Report

Trelly's Fishing Report
Corio Bay 

Right on our door step, Corio Bay hosted fantastic soft plastic fishing with pike, pinkies and flathead all finding their way into angler’s bags. The area out from St Helens was most productive along with the spoil grounds out from Lime burners.

Clifton Springs 

Over at Clifton Springs, anglers crossed paths with some impressive snapper. Fishing along the Point Richards channel was a productive location when you could time your trip around a tide change. Allan Brow and John Buckis ventured out on Saturday in search of a snapper. After anchoring up and putting out a few baits John’s rod screamed to life with a snapper of 7.6kg devouring his bait.  Anglers chasing snapper have noted that gummy shark to 5kg are a common by catch out from Clifton Springs at present. A handy supply of squid was still on the go in three to four meters of water along the weed beds on the Curlewis Bank.

St Leoanrds 

St Leonards saw Bourke St give up large numbers of whiting again with perhaps the best it’s been since Easter. Pippie or tenderized squid worked in conjunction with a running sinker rig weighted enough to hold bottom in the stronger tides. Whiting of around 38cm were common size with a few larger specimens to 44cm not uncommon.


Queenscliff was still home to the monster squid with Bell Reef a perfect location for land based anglers and those drifting from a boat snagging a few in the deeper water out from the Bight. Whiting at Queenscliff did proven hard to tempt at times. The Harbour was on fire with snapper to 3kg spread along the main cut. Casting Gulp Turtle Back Worms in pumpkinseed worked very well when the tidal flow slowed. Silver Trevally also featured in angler’s bags along with the odd squid too.

Barwon Estuary 

Inside the Barwon Estuary Jae Peters spent a few hours chasing bream over the past week where he had great results boating numerous bream to 50cm in size. Using fresh live bait was Jae’s key to success. Down towards the mouth of the system mullet and smaller model king george whiting kept anglers entertained.

Surf Coast 

Offshore gummy shark are still on the bite in 30 meters of water out from Barwon Heads along with the odd snapper to 6kg.


Heading west and Portland has seen another run of large Southern Bluefin Tuna to over 100kg. Trolling skirted lures again resulted in numerous hook ups.

Western District Lakes 

On the freshwater scene anglers saw the fishing at an all-time high from the Western District lakes. The ANSA association held a completion over the weekend allowing anglers to fish the Western District lakes. Lake Elgnimite, Toolioroo, Deep Lake all saw brown and rainbow trout taken on a variety of methods such as trolling tassie devils and fishing power bait or mudeye. Trout to 2kg were weighed in. Trelly’s Geelong’s Kevin Hunter boated a well-conditioned Chinook that eat a pilchard fillet fished just out from Potter’s Point in Lake Bullen Meri.

Wurdee Boluc

Closer to home Graeme Findlay banked numerous redfin from Wurdee Boluc casting Pako Spoons from the lake margins with some redfin pushing the 40cm mark.

Ron Nelson Fishing Clinic this Sunday 

This week end the annual Ron Nelson Memorial Junior fishing clinic is on 9am – 1pm Sunday 29/10 at Deakin University Waurn Ponds. Bring the kids along and have fun catching rainbow trout. 

Nagambie Region 

 The Goulburn River around Seymour to Nagambie is starting to warm up a little so fishing over the next few weeks should pick up. A FEW Redfin and Yellowbelly in the lake around the boardwalk. Kirwans Bridge and the Weir area is probably the highlight of the region with Redfin and Yellowbelly bobbing worms and soft plastics around the structure in the Weir and the Catternach and Main Eastern channels straight off the Weir is still producing good numbers of Redfin and Yellowbelly on Jackal T/N 60’s.

Murchison / Shepparton 

Blair Munro has been cvatching plenty of Redfin and a few Yellowbelly in the Main Eastern Channel around Arcadia on some Bassman Jigheads/Beetle Spinners and some Plastics Blair is trialing for Bassman. The Goulburn River has heated up and plenty of fish being caught, the River between Murchison to Toolamba is fishing really well, plenty of Yellowbelly on Bassman Spinnerbaits and size 2 Stumpjumpers and Worms and Small Yabbies are working really well also. Pro Staffer Graeme Gurnett had a cracker hour after work off the bank at Arcadia during the week using small hooks and Worms, catching 3 Yellowbelly between 28cm to 42cm and 7 Cod (not Targeted), between 46cm to 65cm which is a really good sign for the upcoming Cod Opening on December 1st. Rafety Road area is fishing well for Yellowbelly on Worms, Yabbies and Bassman and Pirate Spinnerbaits. After the Weed reduction happening in Victoria Lake, it has surprisingly come back really quickly and the fishing is probably better than 3 weeks ago, fly fisho’s having a ball on small Rainbow Trout and some nice Redfin and Yellowbelly on Soft Plastics. Still plenty of Yellowbelly on Jackal T/N 60’s in Kialla Lakes.

Rushworth / Kyabram 

Plenty of Redfin in Waranga Basin on White/Red Soft Plastics, Ice Jigs, small Deep Diving Hardbodies and Bobbing worms and Yabbies, 18 to 20ft water out from the Yacht Club is the place to start. All 4 Channels around Waranga Basin are all fishing really well, the 2 Inlet Channels are the one’s you need to fish for big XO sized Yellowbelly, fish over 55cm not uncommon, Yabbies and small lures to go and the 2 Outlet Channels are fishing really good for Redfin. The Channels between Rushworth and Kyabram area are fishing really well for Redfin and if you want to give the Kids some fun, the Carp are biting really well, Pro Staffer Shane took his daughter Payton and his nephew Cooper for a quick 40 minute fish before dinner around Merrigum catching 6 Carp, all on Worms, the Kids had a ball.

Lake Nillahcootie 

Adam Meadows had a great day catching a 49cm Yellowbelly on our new Trellys coloured RMG Poltergiest, good to see a few fish caught recently in the Lake recently, should pick up as the water warms up.

Next Week 

Snapper along the Point Richards channel is going to be a great option for anyone looking to head out into to salt water this week.