Trelly's Fishing Report

Trelly's Fishing Report
Corio Bay

Inside Corio Bay anglers had no trouble in boating a bag of pinkie snapper and flathead. Drifting over the spoil grounds out from Lime burners was ideal and a perfect option if the weather picked up. Pike also found their way into angler’s bags with again large specimens to 80cm on the chew.

Clifton Springs 

Over at Clifton Springs the Curlewis Bank held excellent numbers of King George Whiting. Late afternoon sessions were a prime time for the whiting with pippie as bait. Try fish five to six meters of water and keep moving if only 30 meters or so until numbers of fish are located. Snapper came to patient anglers fishing along the Point Richards channel, the average size of snapper went 3kg but there were a few larger models to 6kg at times. Australian Salmon snapped up trolled lures like Daiwa double clutches over the spoil grounds and Alcoa Pier.


Indented Heads to Queenscliff saw exceptional fishing for squid. Reef area’s in three to five meters saw squid to 1kg latching onto artificial jigs. Before the wild weather moved in I took a trip down to Queenscliff Thursday morning were casting jigs from the beach near Bell Reef I found squid averaging 500 to 600 grams.


Only a few anglers managed to sneak out offshore last week but when able too, gummy sharks were still on the chew in thirty meters of water.  Of note Southern Calamari were also boated offshore in water as deep as twenty five meters. 

Lake Purrumbete 

On the freshwater front anglers should have plenty of options this summer with the recent rain keeping the western district lakes topped up.

Lake Purrumbete was the stand out with mudeye under a float amongst the weeds resulting in brown & rainbow trout to 1.5kg. Those trolling lures down deep also achieved results on trout. Dropping soft plastics down to schools of redfin marked on the sounder also proved effective.

Lake Tooliorook 

Tooliorook near Lismore also saw trout taken by slow trolling Tassie devils with pink #55 still a solid producer.


The Otway streams are flowing nicely and seeing wild brown trout on the move. Small hard body lures or spinners are the prefect lure for the job. Trelly’s Geelong’s Adam Van Der Lugt landed a well-conditioned brown trout in the Otway’s last week just after the rains.

Barwon River 

With all the rain the local carp population has fired up in the Barwon River. All the way from Breakwater and above you will cross paths with carp. Although a pest species they sure put up an outstanding fight on light tackle.

Seymour / Nagambie

Well with all the anticipation of a great Cod opening in this region, the weather played a big part in making it really difficult to fish, lots of rain, rising River making it nearly impossible to fish. We did hear of a couple of small Cod caught around Kirwans Bridge before the storms on Spinnerbaits from the bank. At the moment the Goulburn River, Seymour to Kirwans Bridge is like Coffee, just not as nice! High, flowing hard, my only suggestion would be to try some bait in the floodwaters focusing on some deeper anabranches. The 2 main channels, Main Eastern and Catternach are still producing a few fish, soft plastics and Jackal T/N 60’s working well, and now that it’s Cod season, I would defiantly throw a few Spinnerbaits around.

Murchison / Rushworth

The Goulburn River is in major flood, I don’t have any reports from Murchison to Toolamba. After the Rain event the bigger Redfin have made an appearance in Waranga Basin, the standout lure is our own custom white RMG Poltergiest, white soft plastics are working well also. The 2 main outlet channels are turned off, flow is down, but defiantly worth a fish, you just might need to try a few spots to find the fish, bait such as worms and yabbies would be the best as the water is a little dirty.

Kyabram / Rochester 

The channels around Kyabram, Merrigum and Girgarre are all fishing really well, plenty of Redfin, water is reasonably clean considering the recent rain, so lures are still working well. Small Pirate and Bassman Spinnerbaits in the main channels and Hogbacks or any lure/spinner with Red on them are working well everywhere else. Young Gun Austin Laurie  from Rochester caught this ripper 55cm Cod on an Old Mate Spinnerbait in the Campaspe River a few days after the storms, as you can see, the River looks pretty good considering the rain and quite fishable, maybe an area worth looking at over the next week or so.


The local lakes are the spots to go at the moment with the way the river looks, Trout on fly ofr Powerbait under a float in Victoria Lake, Shepparton, Yellowbelly on Jackal T/N 60’s in Kialla Lakes and Redfin and the occasional Yellowbelly on Size 3 Stumpjumpers in Graigmuir Lake Mooroopna. The Main Eastern Channel is worth trying for a Cod, Bassman Spinnerbaits and Cheese accounting for small Cod around 45cm to 55cm, Pine Lodge area the standout.

Next Week 

With the weather improving try and snag a snapper off Clifton Springs. Keep an eye on the Rip / Off shore for Kingfish and tuna as its sure to fire up soon. Freshwater fisho’s should find Lake Purrumbete worth the drive for trout and redfin.