April 15, 2021
The Goulburn River around Shepparton has been a bit Quiet lately but there have been some nice fish further upstream around Murchison. Fishing with bait like chicken has been working well with landing some good numbers of mid sized Cod. a few Yellowbelly are getting caught on scrubbies with plenty of small Trout Cod getting caught as by-catch. When targeting bigger Cod surface lures are your best bet from early morning up until around 10am. Don’t be afraid to go big with lures like the Balista Tremor or Kingfisher Paddlers as these have been accounting for some Big Cod recently in the Goulburn.
Last week Waranga Basin started firing a bit better than previous weeks with some good reports coming in of people getting onto some great numbers of Redfin, although they have had to sift through a lot of smaller fish there are some great reports coming through of Redfin up to 45cm getting caught amongst the smaller ones. There have also been some nice sized Yellowbelly getting caught within the schools of Redfin. Trolling to find the schools has been the key to locating some good numbers of feeding fish. Once found the best technique has been anchoring above the school and then working Ice Jigs, Plastics and soft vibes to get the fish feeding hard. Baits like worms, shrimp and small yabbies have also been really successful. Daniel fished at Waranga last week having an awesome session landing over 100 fish. He kept around 25 Redfin for a feed and also landed this nice Yellowbelly.
Hume is still continuing its run as one of the best Redfin fisheries in the State. We are still hearing of huge numbers of Redfin getting caught by most who are fishing it. Trolling 50mm divers has still been a great way to locate good numbers of fish, once found bait fishing with Shrimp and Worms along with vertically using plastics, vibes and ice jigs has been a great way of getting large numbers of Redfin into the boat.
The recent Cold weather has started to fire up some Trout in lake Eildon with some good numbers of fish getting caught while trolling Tassie Devils around the powerlines in the main arm and the beginning of the big river arm. There have also been a few Trout getting caught around Bonnie Doon near the Hutchinsons Road boat ramp while trolling Tassie devils and small hardbodies like Rapalas. Redfin and Yellowbelly have been getting caught in the Delatite arm while bobbing worms and small yabbies amongst the trees. Casting vibes and plastics towards some of the rocky points has also accounted for a few fish. Murray Cod have been slow but We’re still hearing of a few getting caught while Trolling around the Main arm, The wall and Big River Arm.
The Murray river has been fishing well with some nice fish getting caught on both bait and lures. Around Barmah there have been some nice yellowbelly getting caught while casting spinnerbaits and on baits like Shrimp and Scrubbies. There are also ok numbers of Cod getting caught around Barmah on chicken along plenty of small Trout Cod on Scrubbies. Cobram has been fishing well with some nice fish getting caught on baits such as Cheese and Yabbies. Dale Landed this Cod Measuring 114cm on a Yabby at Cobram.
The Edwards River around Deniliquin has seen good numbers of Cod getting caught mostly on baits. There are still a few nice Cod getting caught while trolling 15ft divers and casting spinnerbaits around some of the heavy timber and willows. Bait fishing with Chicken and Yabbies has accounted for most fish over the past week with most sizes of Cod ranging from legal up to 90cm. Stuart went fishing with his son near Deniliquin last week where his son landed a new pb of 85cm on a Yabby.
Mulwala has continued to produce some great Cod over the metre mark along with good numbers of mid sized Cod and some great Yellowbelly. Yellowbelly have been getting caught on Shrimp and Yabbies along with casting spinnerbaits. Murray Cod are getting caught casting big surface lures early morning and in the late afternoon as well as casting Swimbaits like Jackall Gantarels and Bone Focus 130mm. The Burkinator aka Simon caught this Monster Mulwala Cod going $1.05 on our Trelly’s Black Mamba Gantarel.
Josh from the Native Project has been getting some nice Cod out of the Murrumbidgee lately with some great fish being caught on both bait and Lures. He found Shrimp and Cheese worked the best when bait fishing, landing a 64cm and 80cm Cod. Josh also caught a great looking 80cm fish on a Coddog diver.
The water clarity in this river has improved over the last week. This has made it a perfect time to get out and cast lures. If you’re chasing Yellow Belly try using small vibes such as your TN60s, in peacock colour. These are best worked very slowly at the moment as the yellow belly are a little bit finicky. Early morning and late afternoons are still the most productive times to get out and fish. The best lures for cod at the moment seem to be hard bodies such as your old mates or A/C invaders. The early mornings and late afternoons are also great for surface lures such as your bigger style kingfishers. Bait fishing is also great at the moment with many anglers having great success with Trellys Special chicken or fresh yabbies. Local Angler Bubba was able to get out during the week and landed himself a great sized Murray Cod to 92cm, using a white and black old mate lure in 15ft! What a special day it was for him being his new PB. It’s great to see some quality fish starting to be pulled from our local waterways.
Yellow Belly in the lake are starting to slow down with the cooler weather coming through. It’s still worth persisting as it seems in the colder months the smaller fish seem to not be as active but you might be in with a better chance of landing a really good quality fish around 60cm. An effective way to entice these bigger fish to eat is to cast Jackall TN60s in the colour Ghost Black Red Belly. These vibes are best fished along the rocky ledges or rock walls - a slow retrieve seems to work the best for this area. Some of the fish are holding tree structure and a great way to get some good numbers of fish is to bob some soft vibes around the trees such as your Jackall Mask Vibes or your ecogear zx40’s, still a standout colour is black. If using bait, yabby tail has been a great option on a 1/0 hook with a running sinker. Alternatively fresh shrimp if available is also great as well as scrub worms. Before it gets too cold and the shrimp go away into hiding it is worth getting a few and putting them into the freezer as this bait can be great during winter. There has been some nice Murray Cod being caught recently. Trolling bright coloured hard bodies seems to be the most effective way, in particular size 2 Stump Jumper Lures. However with this colder weather it would be worth chasing a bigger fish from the lake and throwing some swimbaits or bigger spinnerbaits such as your 1oz Codmans or 1oz Mother Froggers from Gangster. Have seen some fish measuring around 75cm!
The river is still producing some good Murray Cod and Yellow Belly. Fishing with bait is a great way to get some good quality fish. Big yabbies are a great option or even some special Trellys chicken. The special scent that is placed in this chicken can help entice the bite. Early mornings and late evenings has been the best time for bait fishing and can pay dividends. Hard bodies this time of year is also a very effective way to entice a big cod out, the A/C lures are a great option particularly any with a white underbelly. Stick to an area and put in enough time and enough casts and eventually you should be able to entice one onto the end of your line. local anglers Paul and Kevin were able to get out during the week and had some great success on gangster spinnerbaits particularly in green and black. These lures are best worked close as you can to any structure and make sure you let that spinnerbait sink all the way, a lot of the time these fish will eat on the drop.
The lake is still producing plenty of fish from redfin to murray cod.
Chasing Redfin. Local angling legend Roger Dark was able to get out during the week and left the Redfin still biting. Usual methods worked well for Roger, trolling in around 20ft until he found the school. Once the school was located he jigged with ice jigs. We stock rapala jigging raps which are a great lure to get good numbers of fish. Another thing that worked well for roger was bouncing green coloured soft plastics but worked very slowly. We stock Daiwa bait junkie soft plastics as well as strike tiger Plastics.
Darky’s tip of the day is if you’re trolling and only getting small ones pull up and jig. The bigger ones seem to be able to find the ice jig before the smaller ones are able to get to it. The lake has been slow on Murray Cod, however casting big soft plastics such as your megabass magdraft 8” is the best way to target these fish. There have been some good Yellowbelly still being caught in this lake, casting soft vibes such as your Jackall Mask Vibes is a great way to get some good numbers of fish. Fish around the rocky points and edges and work these lures slowly for your best chance. Bait fishing is still a great way to catch all of these fish, bobbing scrub worms around the trees is a great way to get some good fish. Scrub worms are available at trellys Shep and Bendigo. Off the bank look for those rocky banks and cast your bait around there, yabbie tails and scrubbies on a running sinker is still the most effective method.
Bendigo’s Family Fishing Lakes
Crusoe Res - There have been some good sized redfin being caught up to a pound. These fish have been taken on small yabbies or worms. However for the keen lure fisherman casting small 2.5” plastics has also shown some good results.
Lake Weeroona - There are still some absolute monster carp getting around this lake. Using a small hook with a bit of corn as bait has been the best way to get out and target these fish. Worms is also a great way to also chase them with the very occasional redfin and catfish also being caught.
Tom Thumb - Small trout are still being caught on small celta spinners, especially any with a bit of a red flash, these lures are also great for the small redfin that have been getting caught. Bait fishing with worms is also a great way to catch Carp, Redfin and even silver perch.
There has been a good run of Kingfish right along the Victorian Coastline. Around Phillip Island has been a great area of the coast to target with some good fishing grounds not too far from both Entrances. Casting Stickbaits towards actively feeding fish on the surface has been a good way to get a few but fishing with Live Baits like Slimy Mackerel and Squid has been the best way of getting onto some bigger fish. Lee Rayner with Daughter Mia got onto some great Kingfish off of Phillip Island, with this one the Mia Caught being one of the better ones for the session.
Inside Corio Bay has seen large numbers of Australian Salmon spread right across the bay popping up on the surface in many different locations terrorizing bait fish. Keith and Zoe Purdie went out for a flick late in the week and stumbled across a large school of salmon just off stingaree bay, the pair were casting soft plastics into the commotion landing plenty of fish to 1.5 kg.
Clifton Springs was still providing some quality whiting fishing until of course the weather decided to turn with boats still finding plenty of fish right along the peninsula with still a fair share of fish over 40cm finding their ways into the mix. After this strong blow we can expect the whiting bite to go bonkers over the next week or so.
The Bellarine Light Game and Sport Fishing Club held its annual King of the Rip convention over the weekend, although the weather was less than favourable to the members some did find some good point scoring fish in sheltered water. Swan Bay and the Geelong Yacht club provided some good options with pinky snapper to just under a kilo in good numbers with a few silver trevally to 800g too, the Barwon estuary also had some good fishing on offer with trevally, salmon and mulloway all making appearances.
Lake Bullen Merri
Lake Bullen Merri has been producing some really good Chinook salmon fishing over the past week and as it’s a volcanic crater you can find protection no matter what the wind is doing, flat line trolling along the lakes banks has been dynamite. Tassie Devils and minnow style lures have been working a treat with fish to 1.5kg holding in decent numbers with a few decent rainbow trout amongst them too.
Stoney Creek Reservoir
Stoney Creek Reservoir has come back onto the radar this week with some nice captures of trout to 1.5kg and redfin to just under a kilo coming through. Casting spoon style lures have been deadly on the redfin with a few trout deciding to eat them too. Powerbait has been the best bait for the Trout throughout the Reservoir.
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