While some sections of the Murray river have been affected by blue green algae, this hasn't stopped the fish from biting. The section down stream from Yarrawonga is the worst affected at present, with a small amount still affecting upstream from Yarrawonga towards Corrowa. To prove that the algae hasn't made fishing pointless, customer Mario fished the section of river from Corrowa down towards Bundalong - where he caught around 60 cod in 5 days. A lot of the fish were in the 40 - 60cm size range, with a few like this 80cm fish taking lures also. Trolled stumpjumpers and cast spinnerbaits did most of the damage.


Staff member Dylan has also been caught a few cod recently. Dylan has been fishing the section of water around Bundalong and has caught fish to around 75cm on surface lures during the afternoon. Customer Travis also fished for the cod recently and managed his first one which he was rapt with.


Not to be outdone, the golden perch have been quite active in the Murray around Mulwala recently. Dropping water temperatures have kicked them into gear and had them feeding actively, with staff member Dylan and mates catching a few nice ones over the Anzac weekend. The goldens have been hitting 3/8th and 1/2oz spinnerbaits along large bankside snags, with purples, whites and red skirt colours being the standout colours recently. These fish should be reasonably active over the next month and then slow off as the water gets substantially cooler towards June.

For the holiday makers heading to any of the states' northern impoundments, the native fish are about as active as they will get over the summer months. Water temperatures in all but the coldest regions have warmed dramatically and this has sent species like Murray cod, yellowbelly and bass into overdrive.

Customers Jordan and Jinsu have done some work on the yellowbelly in recent weeks, and have caught fish to around 45cm in length. While yellas can take a bit of searching to find where they are holed up, normally once one is caught there is a good chance that a few more will be close by. Jordan and Jinsu found small profile vibes like the Daiwa 47S to be effective when hopped around likely rock ledges and fallen timber.

Customer Zoran also chased the yellas up towards Eildon with a mate and found some nice fish. Using modern sounder technology, the yellowbelly were able to be pinpointed and targeted using small plastics around fallen timber. Most of the fish were in the 45 - 55cm range which are chunky little fish.

The next couple of months should see the yellowbelly plateau off somewhat, with themselves and Murray cod still a good option for summer freshwater fisherman.  

 

Lake Eildon has still been fishing well for most species, and will continue almost into the depths of winter. At present the lake level is sitting at around 55% and has been steadily dropping since summer as water is diverted down the Goulburn for irrigation. What this means is that there is more structure exposed and the fish are continuously moving to new structure, so a bit of searching around is always necessary. Never the less, fish like redfin, trout and golden perch have still been caught on a variety of methods. Customer Trevor came into the store after fishing with a group of anglers up towards the Bonnie Doon end of the lake, where there were a few nice goldens caught. A few were caught almost in front of the Peppin Point caravan park trolling deep running hardbodies. Customer George also caught nice goldens like this 61cm model on scrubworms recently in the lake.

 

The freshwater fishing around the Murray has been good for holiday anglers, providing some nice fish for them before heading back to work. Customer Hendrik fished with a mate on lake Mulwala just recently in search of a few cod casting lures off a newly purchased baitcasting outfit. Hendrik caught quite a few cod in the high 60cm size range using mainly spinnerbaits. Some cod were caught along crossed up timber while others came from weed edges only the old riverbed.

Customer Mick had never fished for Murray cod before and after stocking up on suggesting lures at the shop he was off. Mick was camping along the river in the Cobram area with friends and most of his friends were baitfishing. Mick started casting a few of the lures he purchased and as soon as he got a cast in the strike zone he was on. Mick was rapt as he landed his first ever Murray cod at 67cm. Mick found the 1/2oz Icon Carnage spinnerbait in yellow perch was the go. 

Over towards Rochester customer Hendrik also fished the Campaspe River towards the end of the Summer break. Using a mixture of methods Hendrik landed some nice yellowbelly for the area. Hendrik found that trolling deep diving Oargee lures worked the best, with the red head grub colour being the standout.

 

On the trout scene, the Goulburn River has been fishing well despite running at around 5000Mg/day. Anglers targeting the fish sitting in backwaters have done the best, with these fish normally being larger than standard size fish. Small shallow running minnows fished among the flooded ground have been good, along with lightly weighted scrubworms. Customer Daniel fished the region over the weekend with the fly rod and while he didn't spend as much time on the Goulburn, he did try a few of the smaller rivers for good results. Typical stream sized trout came out and ate small dries in slower glides and pools. Customer Morgan also did well with a selection of small dry flies that he had tied up. Morgan fished the upper Yarra recently for a couple of afternoon sessions and found that his orange spinner works a treat.

 

There has still been some good freshwater fishing despite the hot weather around Melbourne, with some of the cooler trout streams and lakes producing along with local urban lakes. Customer Peter took his daughter Kristina down to Emerald Lake to fish for the rainbow trout and she was rapt in catching one of her own. The nice rainbow took a Powerbait nugget in Rainbow colour fished on the bottom. Staff member Kozi has been fishing some of the locally stocked lakes for redfin recently, and while most of the fish have been fairly small there has been no shortage of them to catch. Kozi has found Karkarook to be one of the better ones recently, with soft plastics working well. 2.5 inch Zman grubs in the bloodworm colour have caught most of his fish when fished on a 1/20th jighead.

 

Up around Eildon the Goulburn River has been fishing ok for trout but water levels are fairly high and the are well spread out. Jason from bullet lures has been catching a few nice browns in the river up around Alexandra on the redfin coloured bullet lure. Customer Daniel spent a few days on Lake Eildon in search of yellowbelly, but with lots of boat activity that plan was soon out the window. A backup plan of his was to search for feeding carp and present flies to them. Around some of the calmer bays and points the carp were active enough to cast wets like wooly buggers and matukas in front of them with good success. Using a #7 outfit to combat the wind, carp to around 6kg were caught and dispatched.

 

The local freshwater fishing has still been reasonable for anglers interested. The local family fishing lakes and urban lakes have been producing trout, redfin and some big carp - with different techniques for each. Powerbait on a suspended bait rig will produce the trout, redfin have been active on troutworms and small plastics, and the carp have been taking maggots fished under a small sliding float. Rowville lakes has been one of the better spots to catch all 3 fish.

Further afield around Eildon, the lake has seen some good numbers of yellowbelly caught up the top end around Bonnie Doon. Most of the fish caught have been taken while lurecasting, but the odd fish has also been caught by anglers fishing scrubworms and small yabbies around the timber also.

Eildon pondage has been producing some nice size trout for persistent anglers using bait, lure and fly methods. Baitfishing with both powerbait and maggots has been a good method or catching some quality trout.Fly anglers fishing the margins have also been picking up a few decent fish. Steven and Tony along with other members of the Southern Fly Fishers had a crack at some margin trout on the pondage recently, where some nice fish were caught. Trout to 5lb were caught, with most around the 2-3lb mark. Wet flies such as Wooly Buggers and Mrs Simpson type patterns were the best performers under bright and still conditions.

With the recent warm weather the freshwater species have come on the bite locally. Trout rivers are now warmed up with plenty of insect activity, which stirs the fish up. Redfin and yellowbelly in the lakes and impoundments are also very active. Customer Jordan went for a mid week session on one of the local rivers outside of the suburbs, and in a couple of hours landed 4 trout between himself and a mate. The small stream was at perfect flow and temperature and produced 2 nice size browns on small minnow imitation hardbodies, while 2 smaller rainbows rose to take dry flies. 

The yellowbelly and redfin have been active in lakes such as Sugarloaf and Eildon. The northern end of lake Eildon has been producing some very nice yellowbelly, with fish to around 6kg getting caught. Most anglers are targeting the fellas with lures, with the odd one caught while bobbing small yabbies around standing timber for redfin. Small to medium floating hardbodies have also been good when trolled or cast against the banks and standing timber, along with lipless crankbaits in the 60mm size. 

At Sugarloaf reservoir the redfin and yellowbelly have been caught on smaller soft plastics and hardbodies fished along the banks. Warm afternoons have been the go, just be on the lookout for any legless company slithering around nearby grasses. A reminder that you can ONLY fish artificial baits and lures in sugarloaf, natural baits such as worms and maggots are prohibited. 

The next few months are the best time to get out and fish for our freshwater natives like yellowbelly. Once December rolls around the Murray cod season will open up again and these fish should be back on the bite. Staff member Harley fished with a mate at some local dams during the week that has been stocked with yellowbelly, bass, and the odd Murray cod. Harley and his mate worked the series of dams and overflows in search of some yellowbelly. The first dam Harley fished resulted in a nice bass on his lipless vibration bait.

The second dam that the guys fished was loaded with yellowbelly. In a few short hours, the guys caught over 20 yellowbelly and one lone Murray cod which were all released unharmed. The small lipless vibration baits were the most effective when hopped slowly along the bottom. Yabby and juvenile yellowbelly colours worked the best in this water.

The Eildon region has been providing a bit of variety for visiting anglers, and it's at this time of the year that most of the species in the area can be caught. Water temperatures in the Lake are still warm enough to target natives like cod and yellowbelly, while the lower air temperature gives the trout a bit of breathing space, especially morning and afternoon, or on heavily clouded days. 

Customer Steve fished the Lake last week targeting cod and he found some nice fish around. Steve found that both hybrid lipless crankbaits and also buoyant hardbodies got the attention of the lake's resident cod, along with a few carp. 

For trout anglers up on the lake, early morning sessions trolling around the Eastern end of the lake have been productive. Customer John did exactly this, and caught 12 trout before lunchtime using his favourite tassie devil in colour 450. John fished his tassies on a running rig with small inline single hooks to make sure the trout couldn't throw them. John said that he only had 1 fish throw the hook and he said it looked like the smallest anyway!


While the weather may be starting to cool off, anglers fishing the Murray River up around the VIC/NSW border are still catching a few cod. Over the long weekend many anglers fished the river around Barmah, Yarrawonga and Echuca. A few anglers bait fishing caught the odd yellow belly in these areas as well.

Customer Ves fished the river around Yarrawonga over the weekend where he caught some nice cod, with the largest measuring 71cm. Ves found that baits of cheese were the most effective when fished on a Shogun straight shank baitholder hook and paternoster rig.

Customer Andrew fished from the boat in the Echuca region, using both bait and lures. Andrew caught cod up to 58cm trolling hardbodied lures, with one fish measuring 66cm that took a large yabby fished on a running sinker rig on the bottom.