Milenko fished the Latrobe and Loch rivers recently, and says that there are good numbers of small Brown Trout to be caught at the minute with the water still staying relatively cold. Most of his fish are taking gulp crickets, and his best fish has been 41cm and came on a white ‘00’ Sebile Spin Shad

Mcalister River:

Good customer Suad reported catching his share of Trout on mepps and blue fox spinners with black/yellow dot blades around Licola. His mates without lures this colour didn’t fare so well.

Lake Dartmouth:

Customer Steven reported taking trout up to 3lb with most fish coming on mudeyes fishing under a ‘aaa’ 6g float along the clay banks.  Some of his mates took brown trout trolling squidgy critters behind Ford Fenders and cowbells.


Staff member Ian has fished Lake Bolac a few times over the last few weeks, giving the Lake's large Rainbow Trout a go. Being a shallow lake less than 3m deep, flatlining is the best option. Most of Ian's fish have been caught on 'spotted dog' Rapalas, along with a couple of Tassies.

Staff member Dylan also went across to Lake Bolac during the week to have a crack at the Trout while the fishing has been good, and managed two nice fish despite the rough onshore wind. Flatlining medium running hardbodies has still been the best tactic.

Geoff reports that Lake Dartmouth has been fishing well, with lots of fish coming out. Most of the anglers seem to be downrigging Tassies and other winged lures for good numbers of smaller fish, whereas Geoff says all the better sized fish were coming from tight along the shorelines, on Rapala 'spotted dogs' as well as Strike Pro Galaxia minnows.

Lake Eildon has been on fire for the Reddies over the last few weeks, with the water temp starting to creep up. Most anglers are simply bobbing the timer with yabbies and scrubworms, but an increasing number are also using plastics and vibes around the same areas. Local angler Scott has been jigging some impressive hauls of Redfin up to 1kg on Strike Pro vibes fitted with assist hooks, and rarely losing any lures.

Customer David had a look around the Lake for the Golden Perch during a spell of warmer days, mainly trolling the rockwalls around the entrance of the Delatite arm, and further in the arm around standing timber. He was trolling Merlin UD's in purple and pink colours, and the purple took one fish of around 4lb.

Laszlo fished Eildon over Cup weekend with a few of his mates, launching and fishing in Jew's Creek. The boys caught heaps of Redfin up to 700g, with a few on lures but most mainly on troutworms.

Terry has been baitfishing Eildon pondage recently and has found the fishing a bit tough, especially in the lower pondage. The best bait for the fish he has caught has been the Gulp salmon eggs fished on a standard powerbait rig.

Andrew fished Lake Bullen Merri during a club comp and had some good success trolling Tassies in colours 97, 101 and 108. The fish caught ranged from 200g up to 1.8kg, and were caught downrigging around 10m close to the edges.