lf you're interested in BIG trout, the large rainbows around the Goulburn and pondage have still been there for the taking - if you pay attention to you techniques! While these fish aren't a walk in the park, they have been eating and there still are enough of them about to fish for them. Eildon celebrities and regular customers Jozef and Margaret have been up fishing the pondage and river over the week and they have been landing some rippers. Margaret landed a huge rainbow from the banks of the Goulburn using powerbait, while Jozef also caught some nice fish on both powerbait and 7g tassie devils.

There are a few essentials you must carry if you are chasing trout success in the Eildon area. If you are unsure of what you will need to ensure the best chance at catching these larger fish, talk to the guys in store for recommendations on the correct gear and rigging to suit.

 

 


The trout fishing continues to be very good whether you're fishing locally stocked lakes or going for a 3 hour drive. The local lakes like Rowville and Karkarook have been producing plenty of fish since their pre-school holidays stocking. Customers Jay and Ariiff went down to Karkarook and young Ariiff proceeded to catch some of the rainbows on a new rod that he won during our Megabass VIP night. The most successful lure for Ariiff was a 'tailbender' in spawning fire colour. Another young gun catching fish down at Karkarook is customer Harry. Harry was fishing with his mum and managed to land himself some nice little rainbow trout using a powerbait and berley method.


Around the popular spot of Noojee, staff member Don has been catching trout with his twin boys.Don took the boys to fish the Latrobe river and had them both catching a few brown trout to 30cm. Small shallow running hardbodied lures were the most effective in natural trout patterns, with some sort of bright contrast to them. Bright orange bellies, or UV spotted patterns stood out in the tannin and silty water and had the trout crashing them - whereas plain natural patterns didn't get a bite.


Up around Eildon the pondage has still been producing some of the thumping rainbows for customers Margaret and Jozef. Being pondage locals, they have caught plenty of fish on various methods but the powerbait coarse style is still their most successful. Lately the fish have been responding well to bright 'salmon egg' coloured baits, and jozef has also caught a couple of fish in the pondage and river using a few different lure styles. Small 7g tassie devils have been working well, along with heavy weighed spinners to get down deep and throw heaps of flash.

 

 



Plenty of trout have still been caught by anglers fishing both local and further away. The trout fishing in the Eildon region has still been excellent with the pondage and Goulburn both producing fish, whether you choose to lure or bait fish. Some of the large rainbow trout are still being caught in the river with deep running plastics and heavier spoons finding their way down to the fish. The deeper runs will normally hold the best fish, and these runs normally go unfished by many anglers with their standard shallower running trout lures.



The pondage has been the go if you’re fishing dough-style baits and powerbait, but remember for this method to work as well as it should you must make up a berley mix consisting crushed trout pellets. Customer Jozef and his wife Margaret fished the pondage over the weekend and caught some lovely fish using this exact method.


While it’s not all bait fishing at the pondage, it still is the more consistent method. If you’re anything like customer George you will like casting lures about. Luckily the big rainbows that George has been catching are still quite partial to a hardbody lure.



Around the suburban stocked lakes the fish have been active since their recent school holiday stocking. Customer Cipto and Ariff fished Karkarook lake over the weekend and found a few nice little rainbows. The best lures for the boys were the Yakamito trout spoons and bright coloured ‘tailbenders’.



Staff member Dylan has been up around the NSW alpine region fishing the snowy lakes while on holiday. With idyllic conditions, not much wind and bright sunshine the fish were always going to be skittish. Targeting rocky points and wind-blown bays was the most effective, with rainbow trout to 3lb hitting hardbodies and yabby imitations. Whether lure or fly fishing the area, it pays to imitate the main food source with small yabby, goldfish and minnow copies your best bet.


 


The trout fishing has really turned it on for anglers over the past few weeks since the opening, and there have been plenty of fish caught in the lakes during the week. The Eildon region is still well worth a drive to either fish the lake, pondage or rivers.

Customer Adam caught an absolute cracker brown from Lake Eildon recently, from the Jew's creek area. Adam caught the fish on a Yakamito 'slim minnow' in brown trout colour. This particular lure is nearly 10cm long, which shows that trout are not afraid to hit larger offerings, especially in rival trout patterns.


Also fishing the Lake, customer Mick had a weekend away with some mates and while the fishing was relatively slow there were still some nice fish caught. Mick managed a couple of browns around 1kg on the troll. Mick tried a few different options but the ever-faithful pink Tassie Devil got the job done. Something about a bright coloured lure, especially pink really gets the attention of the trout. One of the trout was hooked in the pec fin so the fish may still be running a late spawn and showing aggression towards anything in their space.


The pondage at Eildon is still fishing well for the large rainbows that have been lurking since opening weekend. These big fish will eat a fairly big lure if you are spinning, so don't be afraid to tie on something big, bright or just different to what you would normally use. Customer Nicole fished the Burke Street end of the pondage recently to land a thumping big rainbow around the 10lb mark casting lures. Fish of this size are capable of eating a lure or soft plastic 15cm long or so, and often the large 'main course' offering will get a more aggressive strike than the 'appetizer'.


Back in the local lakes, most of the suburban stocked lakes will be receiving a top up stocking any day now - just in time for School Holidays. Down at Karkarook Park, customer Ismail tried his hand at 'coarse' style baitfishing and caught a couple of small rainbows. While these fish can bite their heads off when they are berleyed into a frenzy, incorrect tackle and rig setup and the lack of a mixture of dough style baits will see most go fishless. There are plenty of anglers who catch consistently in these stocked lakes, through proper setup and persistence.

HOT SPOT: If it's trout luring you're after - the Eildon region is hard to beat. For a nice casual fish with the kids, Lakeside in Pakenham has just been stocked with 500 rainbow trout which will respond well to the coarse angling methods.

 


Many keen anglers relish the start of the spring weather, as with the warmth comes the multitude of species waking from a winter docile state. Anglers in the know will out looking for freshwater natives such as bass and yellowbelly as they become more active. This is especially true with the yellowbelly, and generally the very best fishing for them will occur over the next 8 or so weeks.


Customer David has been on the lookout for the 'yellas' around some of the stocked lakes and has been catching fish to around 2kg on lipless crankbaits. Yellowbelly really hone in on these lures and the spring 'vibe' bite can be red hot when you find a patch of fish hungry and hunting. 


Customer Ryan has also been catching some nice yellowbelly over the past week, with the biggest weighing around 4kg. Again the lure of choice for Ryan has been a lipless crankbait, but there are also plenty of other successful options for the thinking angler to try; Small spinnerbaits and jig spinners, floating crankbaits with 'double' hooks, swim-jigs, and carolina rigged soft plastics to really fish in the heavy stuff.

HOT SPOT: The best spot around for trophy yellowbelly is no doubt Lake Eildon. The northern end of the lake around Bonnie Doon is worth a good look as snow melts slowly floods the gradual edges and gives the fish plenty of food to find, and this is generally where you will find them. The next 5 or 6 weeks are the prime time, especially if we get a string of milder days.

 


The trout season continues to provide action for many, especially for those fishing the Eildon region. The talk has been the Goulburn, with plenty of solid trout still being caught. Customer John fished the river in the Thorton region and caught some solid fish on a mixture of coarse angling methods and different colours in Berkley powerbait.


Customer Zoran also fished the Thornton area of the river to land fish to around 7lb. Zoran has been catching on a mixture of 'specialist trout dough' and hatchery berley pellets. The coarse method is very effective on recently stocke fish as the addictive berley trail is what they are used to feeding on. Customer Jay caught a couple of monsters from the river earlier in the week on lures. Jay tried a few different lures but the most successful were the Megabass Hazedong shads fished heavy and deep in the fast water.


Customer also Cipto caught some cracker trout while fishing the same area. Cipto found the Megabass X70 and X80 were the best performers, especially in natural colours. With the water being clear the more natural patterns can be more effective on heaviily pressured fish.

HOT SPOT: While the Goulburn is still producing monster rainbows, things will start off as the fish acclimatize and become more wary. Many of the fish should push downstream somewhat, so the mouths of both the Rubicon and Acheron rivers will be worth a look in tangling with a few fish. Small, 'buggy' soft plastics and floating hardbodies in bright colours are worth packing, especially with slightly dirty water conditions of the past few days.

 


Fisheries definitely hit the bullseye with their stocking of the Goulburn river and Eildon pondage just prior to the season's opening over the weekend, as there have NEVER been so many big trout caught during opening weekend. With rainbow trout to over 6kg available to anyone fishing from many of the access points along the river and pondage it was as good a reason for anglers to flock to the region.


Customer Anel and mates are trout nuts who live for the chase on these fish, and the boys weren't disappointed while fishing the Goulburn over Saturday. The boys stocked up on some new lures in store and got stuck into numbers of thick rainbows at every point they fished.


The average rainbow trout coming from the river was around 3kg!


Customer Emmanuel fished the pondage early over the weekend but found the going hard, but scored 2 fat rainbows from the river once he switched tactics. Emmanuel ended up getting bites on small nymph style plastics fished off to the side of main runs in the river around Thornton.


Nick from Megabass Australia and mate Jason headed up to the river around Thornton to put some new plastics and lures to test and the trout weren't shy. While some sections of river were slow going with hardbodies, a switch to small bright coloured paddle tail plastics got the fishes attention. The rainbows found the subtle kick of the Megabass 'Hazedong' plastics too much to resist.


In the shallower runs tail sections the Megabass X-70 'jerkbait' style hardbodies were deadly on the trout. The 'Great Hunting' trout series of colours have been super effective when the fish have seen a few lures, which has definitely been over the past week.


Members of the Keysborough Angling Club also fished the Goulburn around 4 different locations from Thornton to Gilmore's bridge with a successful trip, and most members catching. The large rainbow trout made up most of the catch, with the largest fish weighing 5.1kg caught by member Renee Webber from the Breakaway section of river. A mixture of lures and powerbait/dough was used and all worked.


Customer Zoran also got into a few fish over the weekend when he could find a quieter spot on the river that didn't already have people fishing it. Fishing dough and powerbait on light coarse methods Zoran landed rainbow trout to 3kg and noticed similar sized fish caught nearby.


Customer Jozef and his wife Margaret fished the pondage early on Saturday morning to land some of the larger trout. Jozef and Margaret fished a mixture of specialist trout dough and powerbait on a feeder/berley method and found the large trout co-operative. The pair fished around the 'island' area on the lower pondage.

 


As many keen trout anglers would know, the Victorian river season opens up after midnight THIS Saturday. While it's been a long close for those keen to hit the streams, there have still been some fish caught. The rivers are running at fairly consistent levels and with a bit of snow melt yet to come they should stay cool and favourable for the fish for a long while yet.

For lake based anglers, some nice fish are still coming from Eildon pondage.


Friends of the shop Greg and Mark fished the pondage recently and while conditions were cold there were some stocky trout caught. Casting lures from the Bourke Street section of the lower pondage resulted in some nice rainbows to around 1.5kg. Spoons and small tassie devils have been effective with retro-fitted with ultra sharp assist style hooks.

Around the local lakes, customer Chris took his two sons down to Karkarook Park in the hopes of catching them a trout. Chris stopped by the store for all the stocked-lake essentials and soon after young Atticus had his first trout on the line. The successful method was to fish a mixture of trout dough and powerbait, with specialist trout pellet berley. Both of Chris's two sons have placed birthday present orders of new trout rods since!

 


During the harsh wind and rain of winter many fishing options can end up out the window. A trip up to Eildon can be a good option to catch some fish. If you're a boat fisherman the lake has been producing pelagic trout to around 500g throughout the main arm. Flatline trolling tassie devils and small spoons has been the most productive method to snare a fish or two, with brighter coloured tassies like number '55' or 'FLP' solid performers time and time again.

The pondage has also been seeing some nice fish come out, with the odd lure caught fish but predominately ruled by artificial baits. Customer Gordon has been seeing some really solid fish caught from his last few visits so it is still a very worthwhile drive up through the ranges.


Customers Zoran and Jim are normally very successful in fishing the pondage. During recent trips the guys have been catching fish to around 1.5kg on dough baits and powerbait. Fishing in conjunction with a crushed pellet berley has been the key to attracting the fish and keeping them nearby, while having two different baits out maximizes your options. The steep bank area along Riverside Drive has been one of the more productive parts of the pondage over the last week or, with many fish sitting in the old river channel waiting for a feed.

 

 


While the stream ans river trout season has closed up for 2018 there have been some nice fish caught, and the lakes both local and out of town are producing trout. During his last session on the Goulburn before close customer Dennis had some excellent fishing. Dennis managed a few smaller trout while spinning bladed lures in the river but the cherry on top was a lovely big rainbow on fly that weighed 1.5kg. Dennis managed the rainbow on a small dry fly on the edge of a fast run just behind Thornton.

The Eildon pondage has been worth a fish for many anglers, with some large brood stock fish just recently released. Store owner Glenys was up along the pondage over the weekend with friend Greg where a few fish were caught. Greg and Glenys caught trout from the Bourke Street end of the pondage on both bait and lure. The smaller rainbows took a liking to only the 'chunky cheese' powerbait amongst all other flavours, and the Yakamito trout spoons also worked well when cast and worked back on a slow retrieve.


A bit closer to the suburbs the local stocked lakes have been fishing well for many. Customer Nathan was fishing Devilbend just recently where he caught a mixture of both brown and rainbow trout using Yakamito trout spoons. Nathan has been casting them long and wide from the first jetty, and letting them sink down a bit before starting a medium paced wind.


Customer Tommy has just recently gotten back into freshwater fishing, and has been super keen to get out there after purchasing a new light lure casting outfit. Tommy has been honing his lure skills at local lakes Devilbend and Karkarook with good results. From Devilbend Tommy has been catching some nice trout and redfin on soft plastics, with small paddletails like the Zman slim swim the most effective, while the redfin are in very good numbers at Karkarook. The same soft plastics along with small blades and vibes have been doing the job when very slowly moved along the bottom.