Freshwater fishing is on the cards for many anglers getting away and relaxing over the Easter break. Many of the popular inland destinations are fishing well at present, with the popular Eildon region being one in particular. The area has been producing plenty of trout in the myriad of river options nearby - with the Goulburn really shining for bait anglers fishing out of the main river flow. If the rivers aren't your thing the pondage has been worth a shot wether bait or lure is your choice. With plenty of access for all, and some absolute monster fish about the pondage has been an excellent option. Customer Matt has been landing some thumping trout fishing land based on the pondage while casting lures. Matt has found long casting spoons to be dynamite in tricking the large fish. If a relaxed fishing is more your thing then the pondage your best bet with coarse-style powerbait tactics.


The lake at Eildon has still been fishing well for all species, with Murray cod, yellowbelly, redfin and trout on the cards over Easter. The rainfall that the lake has received will help the action on all species, and should start the resident trout on their pre-spawn movements. For the trout angler the main river arms should start to see some fish concentrated towards the entrances and adjacent banks. The Murray cod and yellowbelly have also been active as the water temperature drops, with fish pushing deep into the inlets. Customer Cooper spent a few days camping up on the lake last week and had some fun with some lovely yellowbelly on lures fishing deep into some inlets and arms. 


While many keen freshwater anglers are trying their luck around Nagambie during the Go Fish competition, the Yarrawonga-Mulwala area is producing both cod and yellowbelly. As the weather cools off the larger cod increase their activity in feeding heavily over the Winter months, preparing themselves pre-spawn. Lake Mulwala is an excellent spot for any to target the large cod and also numbers of smaller fish too. Customer Trev fished the lake recently with surface lures and while there were a few missed attempts he managed to pin a couple of nice fish. Medium sized paddlers worked slow over the many horizontal timber structures. 

 

 

The bit of rain that some of the state has received over the past fortnight has really given a breath of life for the freshwater streams and lakes, and fired the trout up some more. With a rise in water levels and an increase in water turbidity the trout have been actively feeding up and responding well to anglers fishing lures. 

Customer Matt has been fishing the pondage at Eildon over the past few weeks and has been landing some quality trout on lures. With overcast conditions and passing rain the trout have been patrolling the riverbed edge and flats looking for some easy prey. Matt's spoon style lures throw a lot of light and have an erratic action when slowly retrieved so they have been an excellent searching style of lure to find which areas the fish have been patrolling. 

Customer Vince has also been doing some trout fishing in the streams between Eildon and Noojee and he is also finding some decent size trout. Some of the larger tributaries have been producing brown trout to over 50cm. Most of the fish in these type of waterway are generally in the 20 - 25cm size range, so fish this size are exceptional. Vince has been fishing one of his favoured light spin rods with small hardbodies for all the action. The more tannin in the water the brighter the lure colour for extra contrast, with orange and black being favourites for him. 

Any rain event during Summer and Autumn can provide an extra boost in trout activity in the local rivers. If you're going to bait fish these rivers baits like cut worm are excellent after rain also. 

 

With some decreased traffic on the freshwater lakes and rivers many anglers have been doing their best to get some serious freshwater fishing in for cod and yellowbelly. Lake Eildon has seen a few more serious anglers putting in the time for both species, with customer John being one of them. John has been fishing the lake over the past fortnight and has some pretty much all spots to himself, where he has landed a few metre plus fish. John has been bait fishing some deeper holes, beaching the boat and accessing the shoreline. Using heavy bait cast gear he has been landing the fish quickly for a photo and off to swim again. 


Speaking of big cod, customer Ned came in and purchased some lures to try for cod while fishing around the Seymour section of river. Ned bought a few different styles but stuck it out with a medium sized surface crawler which he landed 2 ripper cod on. One fish measured 85cm and the other just nudging the metre mark, both caught using a dead slow retrieve with the surface offering. Ned caught both fish casting parallel to the bank and working the shoreline drop off instead of straight out in the deeper water. 


Back up at Eildon customer Trevor has been catching a few golden perch. Trev has been fishing up around the Delatite arm of the lake and has been fishing the fish in close to the edges. Trolling medium running hardbodies has been the most effective of picking a few fish up, but holding the rod is also key. Fishing a trolled rod in hand helps transmit small bumps and nudges better and also helps 90% more in minimising snagging up or fouling the lure on weed or timber. 

 

The fishing for Murray cod and yellowbelly has been good in most of the northern waterways even with the increase in boat traffic. Places like Lake Eildon, Nagambie and Mulwala have been fishing well and there have even been some nice fish coming from places like the Yarra as well. Customer Steve's last trip up to Eildon yielded him a cracker from the cover of darkness fishing the sloping timber running into a small inlet.


Customer Izzy has caught some nice cod recently, with most of them coming on the chew during the night while fishing the Goulburn. Fish to 62cm have found their way to the banks on a variety of baits and the odd one on spinnerbaits early morning and late afternoon. 


Customer Danny got a rather large suprize when he hooked a 60cm cod fishing a new ultralight outfit in the Werribee River recently. Danny was fishing a small bream sized hardbody lure on a light 1-3kg spin out fit when the cod came along. After a quick tussle around some snags and a pic the cod was back on it's way. 


Customer Bryce came into the store to gear himself up for Murray cod fishing from his kayak and after some gear selection and advice he set off for his first trip. Bryce's starting session on the cod saw him land a lovely 76cm fish on one of the suggested and rigged lures from the store. Great way to start off your cod fishing! 

 


The suburban family lakes have been producing plenty of trout on both bait and lures. If you want to have a flick or take the kids out for some fresh air close by, there's a heap of these lakes around the suburbs for you to try your luck at. The lakes local to the store, Rowville and Karkarook have both been fishing well, wether you're happy to sit and bait fish or walk about and cast lures.

Most of the trout have been fairly aggressive towards lures, with some working better than others. Half a dozen different styles would give you some choice, with soft plastics, spoons, shallow running hardbodies and vibes all worth carrying. Staff member George has been trialling a few new lures at Karkarook with good results. 

For a full list of these stocked trout lakes in your local area, follow this link:

https://vfa.vic.gov.au/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-guide/trout-and-salmon-regulations/trout-and-salmon-family-fishing-lakes#


Plenty of trout have been fooled by the Yakamito tout spoon, in both 5g and 10g, especially in Karkarook. If you're more inclined to bait fish never fear, provided you're correctly set up using light coarse techniques and berley you'll find yourself some trout in no time. Powerbait and maggots have been excellent when combined with a fine berley mix and feeder cages. If you need help setting up for this style of fishing talk to us in store. 

 

 

 


The trout fishing in many of the lakes and pondages has been good over the cooler weather, with plenty of nice fish coming from Eildon pondage. With the pondage level low the fish have been a bit more confined and hunting the receding flats and edges, and they have been ideal lure targets. Customer Matt fished the pondage over the weekend and found some quality trout moving about, with fish to 60cm hunting down slow sinking spoons.


Back around the metro Melbourne suburbs there have been plenty of trout to contend with. The local family lakes have been topped up with some yearling rainbow trout that are ideal for kids or experienced anglers alike. You can target these with either bait or lure, but picking one technique and sticking to it is normally the best. Coarse methods with pellet style bait and berley are super effective if you want to sit back or have new anglers trying their luck. 

Lure anglers like customer Alif have been catching fish in lakes such as Karkarook park using a variety of lures. Ali has been landing some of the rainbows on long-casting spoons fitted with assist style hooks. The assist hook upgrade is the very best way to stay connected to these fish on this style of lure. Staff member George has also been putting some trout on the bank at Karkarook on lures. George has been fishing small minnow profiled hardbodies in a variety of colours from aggressive through to natural trout parr patterns, with all of them working. Fitting the lures with ultra fine gauge hooks has been the difference between feeling taps and bites and converting these to hook ups. 

 


The Murray cod fishing has been good on both bait and lures around the region - with some good fishing happening not far from Melbourne at all. If you're looking to tangle with a cod, you could try the Yarra river over the weekend. The river should still be quite high and dirty from the heavy rain Melbourne has received but it will still fishable around the back eddies and slower water. A bunch of large scrubworms rolled in gel scent or XL yabby would be the best bet after the increased flow. Customer Ryan snagged a nice little fish from before the heavy rain started on a pink and purple spinnerbait. Bright pink/chartruese/orange and black works well in the Yarra due to the tannin in the water.


Heading for a drive up to lake Eildon will see your big cod chances increased. The large fish have been active over the past month or so, and happy to take a bait or lure. Customer Vito fished the lake landbased recently and landed a chunky model on a lure. Vito has been fishing soft and hard swimbaits during daylight hours and surface lures around low light and into the night. The large fish will only continue on a feeding rampage right through Autumn as the roach and redfin schools move into the arms and bays.

Customer Steve also landed a ripper cod out of the lake during the week. Steve was fished with mate Ryan from the shoreline of the lake and the boys managed 2 nice fish, with Steve's cracking the magical meter mark. Baits of yabby and cheese were both used. Steve safely returned the big cod to the water ready to be caught by another lucky angler.

 


The freshwater regions have been fishing well, for those that are unaffected by recent fires. Those that are need some time to clear up, as ash and debris in streams and rivers and flooding rains will knock smaller systems about for a little while yet. The south Gippsland and northern inland regions though are fishing well and remain unaffected. On the trout front the rivers from the back of the Yarra ranges through to around Moe are fishing well and are throwing up some decent sized fish for anglers picking their way through them.


Customers Jordan and Josh have been fishing a few different rivers in the region and without dialing in to a 'spot x' they have all been producing fish. The Yarra and it's tributaries have been excellent along with the Latrobe and the smaller streams that flow into it. Fly fishing has been effective for the guys, with both nymphs and dries taking some nice browns to around 700g. Fishing small lightly weighted plastics like nymphs and worms has been effective along with very small hardbodies and bladed spinners. Any of the rivers in the region generally run reasonably tannin so lures with UV colours and golds in them, along with dark silhouettes such as blacks and browns have been the most effective.


Just down the road at Blue Rock Lake the bass fishing has been good. The fish have been ravenous with recently stocked micro bass nailing most lures that hit the water. Fishing early morning and late afternoon has seen some larger fish come out to play, especially when bigger lures are put in to the equation. Staff member Dylan fished the lake last week and landed 15 or so fish with a few high 30cm specimens the best for the day. Mid depth crankbaits and spinnerbaits were effective mid afternoon slow rolled through bankside timber, and small surface crawlers and wakebaits came into their own once the light faded from the sky - with the best banks being the ones with slightly clearer water.


Just up the Hume fwy towards Shepparton customer Ryan has been catching some small yellowbelly in the creeks. Fishing brightly coloured spinnerbaits was the deal as the muddy water of the smaller creeks made visibility less than ideal. Rolling the spinnerbaits with a high rod tip allowed for detection of the lure bumping the logs and weed before it snagged up. Fishing similar water in the same region last week was customer Manny. Manny tried his luck on cod but found no joy on them, but he did land some nice yellowbelly. Manny found flash rigged plastics and aggressive coloured spinnerbaits were the most effective for him.

 


Despite the warm weather there has been some good trout fishing around if you're fishing the shade of the rivers or concentrating on the cooler parts of the day. The Eildon area is fishing well, with both the Goulburn and pondage producing fish. Customer Anel fished the Goulburn during the week and landed a couple of nice rainbow trout to 6lb. Anel has been fishing lures with the most successful being Daiwa double clutches and Megabass x70, in natural colours. With the river's summer height, the shaded pockets along the edges have been where to cast.


In the pondage the fish have been on the go but mainly in the mornings, especially with cooler weather. Customer Zoran fished the pondage during the week and landed 20 plus fish in a short session. Zoran had a mixture of trout dough and powerbait out, with a bucket of finely mixed trout berley pellets. Most of the bites were gentle, and this is where longer, softer rods will help hook most of the fish.


Down in South Gippsland the rivers have been producing some fish down deep. The Latrobe river has been producing many fish in the Noojee section. Customer Leilani fished this section of river earlier in the week and caught a few small stream browns using plastics. Berkley minnow patterns were effective when fished along the edge of deep runs and pools with shade. Soft plastics are very effective on trout, but they must be rigged correctly. If you're unsure about which plastics are best for where you're fishing we can help you out.

 


If you're after a place to head for the long weekend, Eildon can cover a few of your bases. Being a reasonably short drive from the suburbs and boasting enough varied accommodation it's the perfect location for a long weekend fishing. The main pondage in town has been producing trout for anglers leisurely fishing it's banks with powerbait and dough style baits. Just remember to set up and berley correctly if you're going to do this form of fishing. The streams in the area are all fishing well also, with some larger brown and rainbow trout coming from the Goulburn around the Thornton area. 

Customer Vince fished the smaller waters in the area recently and landed some typical brown trout for the area. Vince fished small bladed spinners in gold and black colours, with the extra flash and silhouette standing out in the sandy tannin water. Small soft plastics imitating aquatic insects have been excellent when free-drift through the tailouts and pools also.


The lake has been fishing well for all species including golden perch, redfin and Murray cod. The size of the cod in the lake is generally excellent and they are worth targeting over the weekend. If you are in search of a trophy cod over the long weekend the tip would be to maximize your fishing time by concentrating around low light periods when ski boats and jetski activity is lower. Customer Vito fished the lake with his brother and mates recently where they landed a couple of cracker fish to 1.15m. Big surface lures and a few varieties of swimbait were the most effective lure choices.