It’s been pretty tough for the local fishos this past week with very average weather and finding it very difficult to travel to wet a line, however there has been some great fishing close to home. The Barwon River has been offering some nice fishing over the past week with anglers finding redfin spread right through the system with Queens Park being a standout location. Casting small hard bodies and soft plastics has been very effective however soaking worms should get you amongst the action too and you’re with every chance of finding a carp too.
The Geelong waterfront is still providing anglers lots of action with a wide variety of species still finding their way onto angler’s hooks. Pinkie snapper, silver trevally, snotty trevalla and salmon showing up in all parts of the waterfront and pretty much all of Corio Bay with soft plastics once again being a great option to throw.
The Bellarine Peninsula
The Bellarine Peninsula has still got some great fishing on offer with whiting, squid and gummy sharks all in good numbers. Whiting are biting well right along the peninsula with St Leonards and Queenscliff being the best locations, fishing the faster moving tides has been the ideal time to fish but if you can line that up as the sun goes down then even better. Not all boats are finding their bag of fish but to the patient angler it’s very possible with some cracking fish amongst it. Gummy sharks are biting well in the deep water off St Leonards and all through the channels, fishing a tide change has been the key time to fish with fresh squid and salmon being the standout baits and some specimens reaching about 10kg.
Queenscliff is starting to have a few calamari reports starting to roll in with some very large squid amongst them. Casting larger size jigs like a #3.5 has been ideal however if you are chasing ‘the kraken” then a whole silver whiting on a squid jag is definitely the way to go.
LODDON RIVER & CAIRN CURRAN Clarity in the Loddon River is still relatively good considering the amount of rain we have had over the last week. Trolling A/C’s or White Crows in 15ft has been the lure choice for many anglers in these colder months. There have been some great fish caught in this river from Newbridge through to Serpentine up to 1m in length! Persist with the surface in the mornings and trolling a decent sized hard body during the day. Cairn Curran is producing the occasional redfin on plastics and yellow belly. Some good golden perch are being trolled up on the rocky points or out the front of the pine trees in the drop offs.
EPPALOCK & CAMPASPE RIVER Eppalock is still producing good numbers of redfin and there is fun to be had whether that be from the bank or the boat. If fishing from the bank try using small spinners or Jackall Mask Vibes as these are a very effective way to get the fish to bite. Try casting 5-10 times and if you haven’t had a hit walk a few steps up and repeat until you find a school. A lot of small ones are being caught however usually when you find the smaller ones there is usually a bigger one amongst them so persist. Fishing from a boat has been going very well recently, sticking to those rocky points can see you catch some solid golden perch up to 60cm and the occasional cod! If chasing a good feed of redfin troll along in around 18-25ft of water until you locate a school. Once located try using jigs and plastics to entice the bites they can be a little fussy at times but keep persisting. Downstream, the Campaspe is slowly coming back to life. This week we are finally starting to hear some reports of some fish being caught from Englishs Bridge through to Elmore Weir. Water is still rather dirty but the odd cod is starting to be caught on surface lures such as Bassman Aussie Crawler. Bait has been another great option with chicken and worms producing some good cod and occasional Golden Perch. CRUSOE RESERVOIR, KENNINGTON RESERVOIR & LAKE TOM THUMB
Lake Tom Thumb is producing redfin and small trout, these fish seem to take a liking to spinners and plastics particularly in brighter colours. Local angler Dyl was able to head out recently and managed to catch a nice Redfin. There is also starting to be some good sized redfin being caught from Crusoe Res bouncing plastics. With the occasional trout. Bait fishing has also been productive with trout taking a liking to powerbait, occasional yellow belly and good sized reddies on scrub worms. Kennington is also producing trout and reddies.
Tullaroop continues to produce with local angler Caitlin catching a stonking 64cm Brown Trout for the lake late last week. Casting and trolling Tassie Devils in shades of pink have proven to be the most successful method. Redfin are continuing to bite with larger models up to 50cm being occasionally caught. Trolling smaller hardbodies using a downrigger has been the most successful method along with jigging over schools with ice jigs and soft plastics in green.