How is this for a trout! This massive brown trout was caught by angler Andrew downrigging in Lake Purrumbete. The Western lakes are still producing some quality fish as these photos show, with Purrumbete, Bullen Merri, Tooliorook and Fyans producing fish on both bait and lures. Customer Andrew caught this nice brown from Lake Fyans over the weekend trolling lures around the weed edges in the lake.

 

Victoria's Western lakes have been fishing well for trout and redfin for the last few weeks. While the weather might be average and may take a bit to persist with, the quality of fish on offer is well worth it. Some of the lakes that are fishing well at the moment include; Bullen Merri, Purrumbete, Wendouree, Wurdibuloc - along with the lakes over near the Grampians - Wartook, Fyans and Toolondo.

Customer Tim purchased a few new trolling outfits during the week and over the went he went across to the Grampians with a few mates where they did some trolling in a couple of the lakes. While it took some moving about to find the fish, the guys ended up with 17 nice trout averaging around 1.2kg on a variety of lures. The best performers over the weekend were plain white winged 'tassie devil' style lures.

 

Now is a great time if you're into chasing trout in the lakes and impoundments if you need your trout fix! Most of the Western Lakes have been firing for quality trout, with the Grampian lakes such as Toolondo and Wartook fishing well both from the shore and boat. Mudeyes and mudeye imitation plastics have been good along with shallow running hardbodies. Lake Purrumbete and Bullen Merri have also produced some quality fish using the same methods, along with lures being run off a downrigger.

Lake Eildon has been fishing well for anglers casting and trolling lures. Customer Brandon fished the lake in his kayak recently to land some lovely brown trout like this one. Casting and trolling Ecogear SX40's proved to be effective, with colour 313 being the best. Bradon pulled fish from around the timbered and deeper sloping shorelines of the lake.

Customer Brenton fished a private dam in South Gippsland recently chasing a few large stocked trout. Brenton found that red and silver bladed Celtas did the trick on some lovely brown trout.

 

If you're a keen freshwater fisho, and want to tangle with some good Redfin and Trout now is the time to get across to Western Victoria. Lake Tooliorook is just out of Colac and is producing some lovely fish. 

Customer Brian from the Bendigo Angling Club went across and fished the lake to land both Trout and Redfin. The Trout were mainly caught on flatlined Tassies while most Redfin were caught on Maria and Strike Pro vibes around the northern side of the lake.

 

If you're wanting to catch yourself some big Redfin, fishing for them in winter is your game. Normally the Redfin fishing in winter can be a bit slower without large numbers of small fish to keep you entertained, but the size of the fish normally makes up for it. Most local lakes have good numbers of Redfin in them, which will respond to larger baits and lures in winter. Plenty of anglers putting in the effort in the cooler weather have been getting some good Redfin in the bag like these fish from the Western districts.

 

With the water starting to cool, it's a great time of year to start targeting Trout in both lakes and rivers before they move to spawn, Customer Paul sent us a report from Lake Eucembeme where he fished recently, to catch some lovely Trout with the biggest being a Brown of 6.5lb.  Paul says that trolling Rapala Spotted Dogs early in the morning was the best method.

Speaking of lovely Trout, Customer Jurek also sent a report in to us from a recent trip over to Ballarat fishing with his wife.  While he was outfished by the missus, he was rapt to see her land such a beautiful fish - a lovely Rainbow Trout that measured 59.5cm and weighed in around 3kg.  He said that this particular fish danced across the water like a Marlin, jumping out over 4 times.

 

 

Good customer Andrew fished the Western Lakes with his mates last week, where they tried Fyans, Bolac and Bullen Merri.  Lake Bolac was very slow, but Fyans was good. They caught plenty of Trout to 2lb running Rapala F9 Spotted Dogs at around 2.5m.  Bullen Merri was also slow, with just a few fish caught downrigging FLC coloured Tassies around the edge of the lake.