The fishing this week is continuing to provide anglers with heaps options both land based and in boats with plenty of fish from all parts. The bay is still hosting majority of the fishing traffic with most boats all got one species in mind, Snapper! Portarlington still being the number one location and for good reason as the fish just seem to be everywhere with the channel seeming to hold the better numbers. Fishing the tide changes have definitely been the most productive times to fish and of course first or last night producing the goods also. Out the front of Clifton Springs boat ramp has also been fishing very well for snapper and seems to be a few good schools of fish holding there offering the perfect area to fish with limited time. Alcoa Pier is holding fantastic numbers of salmon and small pinkie snapper at the moment, casting soft plastics into the structure has proved very effective and is providing anglers plenty of fun, bait and food all in the one location.
St Leonards to Queenscliff
King George Whiting have responded well after a few blowy days allowing the water to dirty up causing them to go into a feeding frenzy. St Leonards and Queenscliff have definitely been to two standout locations with Queenscliff holding the bigger fish. The Queenscliff cut is still on fire for the anglers casting soft plastics in the channel with silver trevally, pinkie snapper and salmon all in great numbers and size. The Queenscliff bight has still got some fantastic squid fishing on offer for anglers fishing in a boat and off land. Land based fishos are still finding bell reef the best location to wade out anglers from a boat finding squid right through the area.
The red hot snapper bite off Barwon Heads is showing no sign of slowing down with some fantastic reports still coming through. Drifting anywhere between 25 to 60 metres are holding fantastic numbers of fish and still in good numbers with fish to 5kg becoming quite common at the moment.
Barwon River is still fishing well for Redfin and small estuary perch with still a few yellowbelly being caught amongst them also. Fyansford and Queens Park are proving to be the best locations and once again small hard body lures or soft plastics with jig spinners working best for all species.
With the fisheries Golden Tag program there have been a handful of Tagged Murray Cod worth $2,000 and a $10,000 fish stocked into the Goulburn River around Nagambie and Shepparton. Trelly Helped with the Fisheries tagging program over the past week.
The Goulburn river has been a great place to start with plenty of people getting onto good numbers of cod to start off the season. The river has been sitting at a steady height which has helped with creating good fishing conditions for both bait and lures. Around Shepparton baits such as Yabbies and Chicken bites have been seeing the best results with plenty of fish around 40cm-80cm getting caught around the back of Aquamoves and the Boulevard. At the back of Rafterys Road near Kialla has also seen plenty of nice Cod getting caught on bait and lures such as spinnerbaits and some off the top on Jackall pompadours.
Around Murchison and Avenel there have been plenty of people camping near the river and getting stuck into good numbers of smaller Cod on Chicken bites and Scrubbies.
Broken River Shepparton
The Broken River around Shepparton has been fishing extremely well with a heap of people getting stuck into good bags of Cod on Spinnerbaits and Surface lures. Most fish have been small but there have still been alright numbers of Cod between 50cm and 80cm getting caught out towards Benalla. James from Balista Lures Fished in the Broken earlier this week for Cod opening and between himself and a mate caught 22 Cod over the session on Balista Triggers and Juggernauts. Dakota Borg had a great session on the Broken for opening and found some nice Cod while Casting Codman Spinnerbaits and Jackall Pompadours
Fisheries Vic have also released some of the Golden Tag Murray cod into the Nagambie lakes area with some $2,000 and a $10,000 fish released in the Nagambie region.
The Murray Cod around Nagambie have been getting caught on Spinnerbaits and baits such as Chicken bites and Bardi Grubs. Around Kirwans Bridge and the wineries have been good areas to start around the Nagambie Region.
Waranga Basin has seen some alright numbers of Redfin getting caught in around 2m to 4m of water. Trolling shallow divers like 3m RMG Poltergeists and Arashi deep 10’s. Casting plastics and Jackall TN50’s towards these schools once located has been a good way of getting numbers in the boat and finding some bigger fish. Yellowbelly are still going ok around Harrimans point and Near the wall while trolling 55mm Codgers and size 2 Stumpjumpers.
We’re getting great reports from Tocumwal to Yarrawonga of Murray Cod getting caught on baits such as Chicken Bites and Yabbies as well as casting Spinnerbaits and trolling divers like 15ft Old mates and 110mm Coddogs in the 4m diver. Around Barmah there are plenty of small Murray Cod and plague numbers of Trout Cod getting caught on Spinnerbaits Yabbies and Scrubbies.
Mulwala has been fishing great with plenty of good sized Murray Cod up to and over a metre getting caught on many different techniques from surface lures, swimbaits and large vibes. Surface lures in the low light periods and at night over the shallow banks and weed beds have seen some great fish making their way to the boat. During the day swimbaits like Jackall Gantarels and Chibitarels are hard to go past, however there are still good numbers of fish getting caught on spinnerbaits and vibes like the Jackall Doozer. Around Majors Creek and Drain Lane down to Bundalong have been some good places to start.