Trelly's Fishing Report
Bellarine Peninsula, Queenscliff, Surf Coast, Lake Eildon, Shepparton Lakes, Goulburn River, Shepparton Region Channels, Waranga Basin, Loddon River/Cairn Curran, Campaspe River / Lake Eppalock, Bendigo Family Fishing Lakes
The spark of good weather has definitely fired up the fishing in and out of the bay and some freshwater firing up too. Out of Clifton springs has still got some fantastic fishing on offer with snapper on most anglers minds, fishing towards the channel has definitely attracted the most interest in boats with snapper reaching up to 5kg. Another spot worth having a look at will be up towards Wilson Spit and the quarries, doesn’t get too much boat traffic and holds some cracking fish. In closer to shore and anglers are still finding plenty of fish that are more than willing to slurp up a soft plastic with a great variety of other species such as flathead, salmon and pike. Trelly got out for a quick flick before work one morning landing himself pinkie snapper, flathead and some monster pike to 93cm on gulp soft plastics.
Calamari and Whiting are still in good numbers right along the peninsula with indented heads proving a hotspot for both species. The Queenscliff bight has still got some fantastic squid fishing on offer right through the area. Adam Zeljevic and Owen Westwell got out on cup day and had no issue in finding large numbers of squid with hoods measuring up to 40cm with Gan Craft jigs in the Garfish colour proving irresistible to them.
The Queenscliff harbour has been on fire this week with some epic reports of snapper to 65cm, big trevally and heaps of Australian salmon. Casting soft plastics in the channel has been providing the goods with all times of the tide fishing well.
The offshore fishing off Barwon Heads this past week has been very productive for both Snapper and Gummy Sharks with anglers landing some quality fish. Fishing anywhere from 20 right through to 60 metres with fresh chunk baits of salmon and pike has been finding boats gummy shark to 15kg and Snapper to just under 7kg. Micro jigging in the same locations has been getting its fair share of bottom fish too and is a super fun way to target them, especially the snapper. There has also been some large numbers of salmon and calamari offshore too so you can go out and catch the freshest bait possible.
Ethan Solly made the drive down to Portland over the weekend in hope of a shark out deep, not long into his drift his rod found a mako on the end of his line and after a thrilling fight it was his and weighing around 60kg.
The fishing around Nagambie has been good recently with some nice Yellowbelly getting caught on both bait and lures. Baits such as scrubbies and medium sized Yabbies have been successful around Chinamans bridge and the Wineries. Small Chatterbaits and Vibes like the Jackall TN60 or Zerek Fish Trap have been good when cast along lay down timber and under the willows.
Reports from Nillahcootie have slowed down over the past week with most fishos heading down the road to lake Eildon to take advantage of the Yellowbelly bite there. We have still heard of some good reports of Yellowbelly getting caught at Nillahcootie while trolling shallow divers like the Arashi Square 3 and Square 5 around the shallow grass flats. Bait fishos have still been getting a few around the points on scrubbies and medium sized yabbies. Casting black grubs and soft vibes around the points has also worked alright with getting onto a few good Yellowbelly out of Nillahcootie over the past week.
Jacob from Nagambie Lakes with dinner for his family- great catch!
There have been some good Yellowbelly getting caught at Waranga Basin around Harrimans point and the boat club while trolling around the likely looking points. The Yellas have been hanging around the drop-offs of these points to ambush any small baitfish within reach. Trolling medium sized Hardbodies like 55mm codgers in colours 53, 002 and 57, size 2 Stumpjumpers with a bit of white on them and RMG Poltergeists in the Trellys Special White colour have all been working well. Elaina and Adele from Shepparton got some nice Yellas from Waranga on cup day while trolling near the boat club.
Redfin have still been going slow around waranga with most people finding plenty of small fish while trolling or bait fishing using worms and small yabbies. If looking for some better sized Redfin, Trolling is going to be your best bet with similar lures to what the Yellowbelly have been taking.
Shepparton region Channels
The Channels around Waranga Basin have been fishing well with plenty of good Yellowbelly getting caught while casting Ecogear ZX43’s below the drop bars.
The Main Western Channel, No. 7 and No. 8 Channels have all been fishing well with both lures and bait. The Main Eastern Channel has been a bit hit and miss. There have been plenty of small Redfin getting caught by people casting lures for Yellowbelly. It seems the best areas in the main Eastern for Yellowbelly have been around East Shepparton and Pine Lodge
Lake Eildon went off last weekend with heaps of great Yellowbelly getting caught in most areas of the lake. Jock Baker and his mates caught over 100 fish for a 4 day trip between 4 boats,
most of these being Yellowbelly with all fish being released for another day.
The standout areas have been the Delatite arm and around Bonnie Doon. Trolling Medium sized hardbodies like size 2 Stumpjumpers and 70mm codgers has been working great. These larger hardbodies also open up the chances of getting onto some great Cod with plenty getting caught while trolling for Yellowbelly. The best areas around Bonnie doon have been around the rocky points near Peppin Point, Hutchinsons Road and Kennedy’s Point. There have also been plenty of great fish getting caught while casting towards the same rocky points and tempting the schooling Yellowbelly. Jackall TN50’s and Mask Vibes have been working great along with Bait Junkie grubs in black and Berkley Grubs in black and motor oil.
Lake Hume has been fishing really well for most species over the past week. There have been plenty of Good Yellowbelly getting caught while trolling as well as some great Trout up to 70cm caught while trolling for Yellowbelly. The Redfin also fired up over the last week with some fishos getting a great bag to take home for a feed. Benny Rendina Fished Hume earlier in the week and got this great bag of Redfin. Most caught on worms with a handful also coming while trolling Crazy Deep RMG Poltergeist 50’s in the Trelly’s Redfin colour.
The clarity in the river from Newbridge through to Laanecoorie is relatively clear. With the water temperature on the rise the fishing has also started to heat up. Getting reports of people doing well around Bridgewater casting lures such as a Jackall Mask Vibe, in Red Belly Black. Cast along the reedy edges with a slow retrieval and you’re in with a good chance, if using spinnerbaits or hard bodies look for some good structure. A big factor in the strikes sticking has been using scent, the standout recently has definitely been the Dizzy Scent UV Yabby, just make sure you smear it evenly across your lure and try not to get any on your leader line. Around the Serpentine area try trolling small hard bodied lures such as Arashi Deep 18 or Deep 10, specifically colours such as Wakasagi and Carp. If walking the banks around Bridgewater and Newbridge try using small spinnerbaits such as your 1/2 oz Yellaman’s or 1/4oz Gangsters. Make sure you’re letting your lure sink right down before you slowly retrieve your lure. There has also been a numerous amount of Murray Cod being caught at the present time as by catch, it’s encouraged to make sure you look after these fish and practice safe handling and release all fish back to the water safely remembering the season doesn’t open for another month. It’s paramount that we release these fish at this time of year because they’re breeding and if we want to catch these beautiful fish for generations we need to put them back in closed season.
There are starting to be some nice sized Yellow Belly being caught in amongst the small ones. Bait fishing has proved to be the most productive with scrubbies on a running sinker working well. However with the lake temp heating up look for the yellow belly around the trees and structure and try to grub them, use Gulp gel to increase the interest.
If chasing redfin try using small hard bodies such as small Australian Crafted. Brighter colours in these areas seem to be working best.
Water clarity in the river is slowly increasing with reports coming from this river more and more regular. Using shallow diving hard bodies around the Elmore Weir area has seen some good Yellow Belly being caught averaging around 35cm in length. A standout lure has been the Bassman Native Tubby Minnow! The whole colour range seems to be doing very well. As the water is still a little dirty try to use scent and work your lures slowly as the fish seem to still be a little bit finicky.
The lake has reached a more constant water temperature and the fish have quietened down a little bit compared to the previous weeks.
However there are still good numbers of Yellow Belly being caught along the rocky ledges, and deeper drop offs. It’s worth using something a little quieter as the fish are a little finicky. Reports are that any TN50-TN60 in silent or a mask vibe have been getting the damage done. Make sure you use scent as there have been lots of follows, make sure to apply regularly. Over the next few weeks it would also be worth looking around the trees and casting grubs amongst them. Using the new tube of Berkley Gulp Gel should see you reap the rewards.
If chasing Redfin just troll along and try to find the schools. A standout lure for trolling Eppalock is the RMG in crazy deep which is 8m. Once located try casting plastics such as your Daiwa Bait Junkies in brighter colours at present seem to be working the best.
Bendigo’s Family Lakes
The lakes around the Bendigo area are all starting to produce some nice fish. Trout fishing has been most productive using power bait, with the standout still being sherbet. If using lures try using small spinners such as your celta’s in 5grams.
Lake Weeroona has seen some monster carp caught in the past week with some measuring upwards of 80cm, corn being the bait of choice.