May 29, 2020
The Inner Harbour of Corio bay this week continues to be a stand out location with both boat and land based fishing providing some great captures. Fishing around the Geelong Yacht club has been very productive as of late with Pinky Snapper and Silver Trevally dominating reports, the fish have been going really well on small soft plastics with Zman Slim Swimz being a standout. Maddi and Sam got out over the weekend finding themselves plenty of Pinky Snapper to 33cm in close to shore. Garfish have also come back onto the radar with Lineburners and St Helens rock walls being the best locations with some cracking Gars getting around, the trick to those guys is a tiny piece of bait under a pencil float with a nice burley trail out.
Clifton Springs is still continuing to produce some great Calamari fishing at the moment with bag limit captures being very achievable, drifting over the shallow weed beds in 3.5 metres of water with natural coloured jigs working a treat. St Leonards is still fishing very well for King George Whiting and once again fishing a tide change with fresh baits is the key to success.
The Local Surf Beaches at the moment have been quite the hot spot as of late with Australian Salmon in great numbers terrorizing bait fish along the coast. Casting metal lures between 25-60 grams are ideal or fishing with baits such as blue bait and squid should also get you stuck into the action. There are also a few Gummy Sharks getting around too and fresh Salmon is an awesome bait for those guys.
The offshore fishing off Apollo Bay has been pretty good of late with a wide variety of species finding themselves flapping onto angler’s boats. Kevin Hunter from Trellys Geelong managed to get stuck into the action fishing in 70 metres of water landing 39 Flathead and 8 Gummy Sharks, Kevin mentioned that Black Magic Snapper Snack rigs was the key factor to his success.
The Crater Lakes this week having been fishing quite well for both Trout and Chinook Salmon! Lake Bullen Merri has been holding plenty of nice sized Rainbow Trout to about 1.5kg and Chinook Salmon at around the same size, both bait fishing a trolling hard body lures have been working a treat. Lake Purrumbete has also been fishing well for Trout and in particular the Browns, casting lures in the shallows early in the morning is the best way to target them however they will still swipe at your lures if trolling is more your thing.
The Goulburn River is still pretty dirty and cold. As a result there hasn’t been too much action over the last week. There may still be the odd Yellowbelly or small cod caught around Murchison or Toolamba. At the moment Bait seems to be the best options with scrubbies being the go for Yellowbelly and Chicken Bites or Bardi Grubs working alright for cod.
Rushworth and Waranga Basin
The Channels around Rushworth have seen some nice Yellowbelly getting caught on Jackall TN60s and Scrubbies. Try around any flowing water from drop bars or near structures such as bridges.
We’ve heard some good reports of some nice Redfin coming out of Waranga up to 35cm. Trolling around Harrimans has been the best option as well as bait fishing with Euro worms or small yabbies.
Lake Eildon has still been the pick for most anglers and at the moment it’s working out well with plenty of people finding a Cod or two near Big River arm and in the Delatite.
Anton And Liam went over to Eildon last week and got a couple nice fish. Antons’ fish was caught on a large soft plastic and measured 76cm. Liams’ came early in the day off the surface and measured 78cm.
As well as the Cod we’ve also seen some nice trout getting caught around Bonnie Doon on Small Divers like the Balista Trigger or Rapala CD7’s. There have also been plenty of Trout caught in the big river arm and around the wall while trolling Tassie Devils.
Luke Bradbury got onto this Cod while casting an 50mm AC Invader in one of the Channels between Cobram and Yarrawonga last Friday.
Eppalock and the Campaspe
Reports have come through over the weekend of a cod or two being caught at Lake Eppalock whilst anglers are casting for yellas around the rocking edges. It is very encouraging to see multiple 70+ centimeter cod caught out of this waterway in recent weeks. The redfin are still biting however they have tended to be small with the occasional keeper being caught. Soft plastics, ice jigs and mask vibes are still the best option when chasing the redfin
It has been very quiet in the Campaspe River downstream of Eppalock through to Rochester with the water clarity still being poor and more rain falling in the catchment mid last week it certainly didn’t help to improve the conditions. Hopefully the sediment and mud starts to settle in the coming weeks and the fishing improves
Cairn Curran and the Loddon River
Bait fishing has certainly been the best method to target cod in the past week in the Loddon system with anglers reporting worms were working well and our Pro-Staffer Bryce having luck using Trelly’s Scented Chicken to land his cod last weekend. Anglers should focus their efforts between Laanecoorie and Fernihurst in particular as the weather starts to cool and the big cod are looking for their next decent meal.
Tullaroop is still proving to be the pick of the waterways with the majority of anglers catching some decent sized redfin and trout. Caitlin and Cameron headed out chasing trout on the weekend and were both fortunate enough to catch a trout each. Caitlin’s 47cm Brown Trout was caught using a spinner and Cameron landed a solid 52cm Rainbow Trout on the old faithful Tassie Devil and they also lost another decent Rainbow Trout at the boat.