Trelly's Fishing Report 7-10-17

Trelly's Fishing Report 7-10-17
St Leonards 

Business on Bourke St is starting to pick up! King George whiting numbers impressed anglers out from St Leonards last week with pippe and fresh squid proving hard for most whiting to pass up. Whiting to 44cm appeared in anglers bags with the average size around 36cm and as the weather warms up so should the whiting fishing. If you’re looking for some fresh bait or a feed squid then St Leonards again is the place with large numbers of squid holding over weed beds in three to five meters of water. Try using size 3 jigs as they tend to be the perfect match for tidal flow and depth at St Leonards.

Clifton Springs

Over at Clifton Springs, snapper tempted many anglers but they still proved a little fickle probably due to the water temp being down but that will change soon.  Lightly rigged pilchards fished on a tide change saw snapper to 6kg taken along the Wilson Spit. Allan boated a ripper snapper during the week of 4.4kg.


Trellys Geelong's Chris & Peri had a great session land based at Portarlington casting gulp turtle back worms. The guys landed numerous pinkies and the odd trevally. 

Corio Bay 

Trelly’s Fishing World Geelong’s Adam Van Der Lugt ventured out on the bay Monday morning hoping to snag a snapper or two on soft plastics. With glass calm conditions Adam motored over to some jetty’s just out from St Helens boat ramp. Casting his gulp turtle back worm Adam was into some feisty snapper to 60cm and almost 3kg that were fantastic fun on light tackle. As a by catch Adam also landed some black bream to 35cm.


Queenscliff really turned on the big squid fishing during the week with anglers fishing baited jigs down deep boating squid to 2kg. Bell Reef, the Bight and Queenscliff Jetty are all locations where these big squid will be on the chew.


Offshore the gummy sharks show no sign of slowing down with anglers dropping an anchor in 30 to 40 meters of water and using Australian Salmon as bait having no trouble in boating numerous fish in one session. The odd snapper also continues to make an appearance. Sightings of birds working bait has kept anglers thinking of tuna so it’s always worth having a lure or two ready to troll.

Deep Lake 

Freshwater fisho’s who put in a few casts up at Deep Lake landed a mix of brown and rainbow trout to 2kg. White colour Tassie devils are working the best along with power bait fished on a running sinker rig on the bottom.

Lake Elignamite 

Lake Elignmite near Cobden has excellent trout on the bite but they can prove hard to tempt so patience is needed and again Tassie devils are a hard lure to beat.


Out of town Trelly’s Geelong’s Kevin Hunter ventured up to Dartmouth for a few days in search of Macquarie Perch. Fishing worms and mudeye as bait Kevin boated numerous Brown Trout to over 1kg but it was Rob Balantyne that got the job done catching a Macquarie Perch of 1.25kg

Waurn Ponds 

Closer to home St Augustines in Waurn Ponds has plenty of Rainbow Trout which were released for the school holidays which are more than willing to take power bait and Rapala f-5s.

Nagambie / Murchison 

With the Goulburn River still a little quiet, the focus has been to Channels off the Weir, plenty of Yellowbelly and good sized Redfin on a mixture of 4 D Chatterbaits, Jackall T/N 60’s Size 2 and 3 Stumpjumpers, lure colour doesn’t seem to matter at the moment!, and Worms working well also. I haven’t had any reports of people fishing Kirwans Bridge area, but with the action in the Channels not far from there, I think it would be certainly worth a go, focus bobbing Worms or 3-4 inch black or white plastic grubs around the Willow Trees and the Stumps in or on the edge of the deeper water, kayaks would be perfect for this and the weather has been really nice lately. The Goulburn River below the Weir towards Murchison/Toolamba area is starting to drop from the Environmental Flow, the banks are still wet and muddy but over the next week they will dry if this weather stays nice, the water will settle and the Yellowbelly will fire, next weekend would be worth a camping trip.

Rushworth / Kyabram 

The Channels are still the highlight, you are in with a chance of some nice Redfin and pretty much any of the Channels in the region, late afternoons the best time and a mixture of Hogbacks, Size 3 Stumpjumpers and Worms and Small Yabbies if you can get them. The Stuart Murray Channel out Punt Road area fishing well, the Main Western Channel around Middle Road, the Number 6 Channel around Burnside/Gilleston and the main channel along McEwen road to Kyabram fishing well. Waranga Basin is still fishing OK, fish where found in around 14ft of water last week, trolling deep small Hardbodies, then bobbing plastics or Ice Jigs once the school is located, the best method, schools are spread out, anywhere from the Wall to the Yatch Club to Harrimans Point. The Campaspe River at Rochester has fired up with plenty of Yellowbelly with Austin Laurie catching plenty of Yellowbelly on worms.


The local lakes are fishing really well, plenty of Rainbow Trout to 44cm and a few nice Redfin Victoria lake, mainly on lures such as Daiwa TD Minnows, black/gold colour and Rooster Tail spinners, Powerbait under a float also working well around the edges of the weed on the Western Side of the lake. Plenty of Yellowbelly in the Kialla Lakes on Jackall T/N 60’s, Peacock colour the best. A few Redfin being caught in Craigmuir Lake in Mooroopna on Size 3 Stumpjumpers and Hogbacks, Late afternoon the best time. The Goulburn River is dropping from the Flow and the banks are drying, so the Yellowbelly fishing will be great in the next week, especially in this current awesome weather we are having.

Out of Town 

We did get a few reports from the Murray this week, Yellowbelly pretty much anywhere from Tocumwal to Swan Hill, some fisho’s having some cracker session, mainly on Worms.

Lake Eildon 

We got some mixed Reports from Lake Eldon this week in the Bonnie Doon area and the Delitite Arm with some fisho’s catching Redfin and Yellowbelly and some having donuts? The fish have been caught bobbing 3-4inch black plastic grubs around the trees or sounding schools of fish, which have been in around 35ft water and dropping ZX40’s or plastics on their heads.

Next Week 

Next week anglers set your sights on snapper as now is the time the water temp starts to creep up and the fish come on the chew. Offshore is worth a shot for gummy sharks to 20kg and the Queenscliff Bight is sure to give up some thumping big squid. On the freshwater scene try Lake Purrumbete as its holding some monster brown trout.