Trout activity in the lakes and rivers around the state is starting to heat up, as many of the larger resident fish prepare for their winter spawn. What does this mean for anglers? Well, the chance at some larger than average fish and from some pretty small water at times. These big fish can either be spooky, super aggressive or completely not interested depending on which day you get them on, but the main thing that they all seem to be driving by is the rain.

The next couple of big rain bands we're due for around the region will get the fish fired up and pushing up river. If the water in your local river rises and discolours slightly then these fish are worth a shot to catch. If you normal trout offerings aren't doing the job, try either a larger more aggressive style of lure - either soft plastic or hardbody, or drifting some egg pattern flies and nymphs past them. If you're not quite sure how to set up for this speak to the guys in store and they will explain the technique to you and show you what you'll need.


Up around the Eildon region customer Zoran has had some good trout fishing in mild Autumn conditions. Zoran has well and truly adopted the 'pre-spawn' techniques for catching solid trout - both on lures and flies. Recently Zoran has seen some nice brook trout from the Rubicon River along with some nice browns from the Goulburn. With the Goulburn running at around 2000Mgl at present, it will only get easier for anglers to fish from now until the season close. Larger, bright coloured hardbodies work in the river when the spawning fish are moving and can trigger a real 'crunching' response from some super solid fish.


Customer Anel has been for a trip up into the NSW Snowy Mountains with some of his trout fishing mates, where the brown trout have just started to trickle through on their upstream spawning movements. Anel and the boys have had some good fishing with fish to around 5lb hitting the lures. With water levels still relatively low in the rivers in the region the fish have been spooky and sporadic in numbers, but some heavy wet weather due over the next few days should get them fired up. Anel has been trying out some specialist trout lures new to the shop, and so far they have been working excellent!

 

We're really heading into trout time! The cooler weather and water means that the streams and lakes have been a bit more active over the last few weeks, even if water levels are lower and clearer than normal. If we get some decent rain draining into the rivers over the next month things will be even better as the larger fish move to spawn.

Customer Luke from Ace Adventures donned the waders and fished some of the small water above Noojee with a mate recently. Luke found there were plenty of fish willing to take a swipe at a well presented lure, with around 25cm being about the norm.


Customer Brendan also enjoys his trout fishing and more so stream trout fishing. Brendan has also been fishing the Noojee area, with the Latrobe, Toorongo and Loch rivers all getting a look at. Brendan found that small shallow running 'jerkbait' style hardbodies were the most effective, especially in foil sided flashy gold and natural colours. For most of these smaller rivers this style of lure is an ideal starting point as it won't dive too deep and snag up, and will also hold quite well in faster water. Using an 'aggressive-natural-neutral' colour range you will normally be able to find a lure that will get you the results on the day.


Brendan found the fishing really hotted up just before dark as there was a hatch of small caddis which really got the trout aggressive. The period just pre-dusk can see fish become active is holes and pools that you may have already fished with no result, so it pays to hang around sometimes and see just how many fish are in the deeper sections. If you're a keen fly caster, this period is when you will enjoy some success using larger dry flies up to size 10 or 8, especially in a 'stimulator' or 'elk hair caddis' pattern.


Just over the range, Eildon has still been producing fish from the pondage using coarse style methods, with the odd fish taking a long-cast spoon or hardbody from the banks. The weir itself is sitting at around 55% at the moment and has been rather slow on the trout front, with the normal response from anglers searching for trout being "Yeah a few small ones". Most of the fish being caught at the moment are coming from the main arm, from Eildon boat harbour through to just inside Big River inlet. Flat-lined tassie devils are definitely a good option to carry, with a larger 'spawning trout' pattern hardbody set a few metres down also giving you the chance at annoying a larger fish on it's way to spawn.

Customer Sam entered the Eildon Fishing Competition last week and didn't do too bad. Sam was fishing the main lake casually chasing the trout and he ended up with a couple of nice fish. Trolling lures around the timbered edge found browns to around 40cm for Sam, with assist hook rigged flatlined spoons and tassies doing the damage.  

 

As we enter Autumn the trout fishing around the region will pick up, as many fish will start to feed up and condition themselves for the spawn season ahead in Winter. During this build up the fish can be more aggressive towards other fish, and larger lure offerings can provoke reaction strikes. This applies for all trout water, whether you fish the Latrobe around Noojee or way up the high country.

Customer Anel fished up in the NSW Snowy mountains last week with some of his mates in search of some clear water alpine trout before the crowds start making their way up. Anel and the boys fished a few different rivers after topping up some favourite lures at the shop. The boys didn't get to fish all the waterways that they wouldv'e liked but still got into some nice fish, with plenty of stocky rainbows eager to crunch the lures.


Rod from Compleat Angler Wagga reports that up in the Snowy mountains region the Tumut river is fishing well. The Tumut fishes similar to the Goulburn with higher water levels proving good fishing. The river is producing some lovely rainbow trout at present with the newly released 'trout spoon' from Yakamito proving to be dynamite.


The trout spoons are already proving to be a large river and lake trout killer with their erratic 'injured fish' wobble and flash. Plenty of colour options to keep all happy with natural 'trout' patterns along with bright attractor colours to fire up lethargic fish.

 

While the warm weather isn't normally the best for trout fishing the fish have still been quite active around the Eildon and Yarra valley regions. Many of the streams around Eildon are still quite cold, which keep the trout happy. At Eildon itself, the pondage has been fishing well.

Customer Greg fished the pondage at Eildon during the week were he had a very successful session. Greg fished the lower pondage around Bourke street where the trout just kept coming! Water conditions were quite low with more water expected to be let through during the week, so conditions should improve yet again. Greg caught and released over 30 school sized fish, along with this nice brown on a mixture of baits. Gulp 'salmon eggs' were the most successful, in both chartreuse and pink and small worms even got a few fish. On multiple occasions both rods would go off at the same time, so the trout are hungry at the moment! Fishing around dusk produced the better quality fish.


Customer Mohd has been doing well with his fly fishing recently. Mohd has found the small streams around Eildon and south towards the Yarra valley very productive on fly lately, with stacks of pocket water browns and rainbows to be caught. Mohd has been catching on both dry and nymph patterns recently. Plenty of lures have been working for other anglers fishing these small streams, with new colours in the Strike Tiger nymphs going really well.

 

While most fisherman have stayed indoors over the last week with the heavy rain, the trout fisherman have been on a winner. The heavy rain has pumped the larger rivers full to flood capacity, with virtually all smaller creeks running high and dirty also. The initial torrent of rain made conditions borderline dangerous to fish in, but as the rain slowed up and the rivers backed off to dirty and high rather than flooded the trout really fired up.

Customer Anel loves his trout fishing and has had some ripper sessions recently, with fish to 2lb coming from streams that normally hold fish around 200g. Anel has been fishing some new lures from Duo and Bassday and doing well.

Customer Daniel has also been chasing the trout during breaks in the wet weather, with south gippsland streams providing plenty of action. Small minnow pattern soft plastics with a small 'huddle' or paddle tail have been very effective when simply wound straight back in across current. In amongst the browns there have been a few chunky rainbows to jump and cartwheel around the streams. The current rainfall should only increase the aggressiveness of the local river trout if you're keen to throw a spray jacket on.

 


Melbourne's local freshwater fishing has been good over the past month, as we've finally gotten some rain! Many of the creeks have been running low, and the water storage dams have also been down on capacity. We have however started t o get some of our winter rain which has breathed a bit of life back into the system, and in the annual timeline of a trout - prompted them to start their spawn run. Many of the larger rivers around the region have seen congregations of fish pushing their way up to their spawning grounds. While these fish at times can be annoyingly frustrating to try and catch, they will swat a precisely placed lure on their way up river.


Many of the trout rivers within 2 hours drive from the CBD have been producing fish of late as well. The Goulburn river has been running at a low environmental level which if anything has concentrated the fish a bit more. Rainbows to around 800g have been the norm for bait, lure and fly anglers lately. The smaller streams such as Rubicon, Acheron and also the Yarra have been producing fish for all methods too. Straight after a solid downpour a small bunch of scrubbies or troutworms drifted down river is a pretty good way to go. For the lure angler, hardbodies in the 60mm size range are perfect, with high flash golds and aggressive colour schemes working well. Just a reminder that the 2016 trout season closes at midnight on Monday 13th June, up until midnight Friday 2nd September. Trout can still be taken in designated 'sea run' streams and lakes, with all details being found through the following link:

http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-guide/catch-limits-and-closed-seasons/freshwater-scale-fish/rainbow-trout/trout-and-salmon-regulations




 

 

The trout action has been good in many of the local streams and rivers recently. With Melbourne's cold and windy weather at least fishing in some of the rivers you can get a bit of a break from the wind, and sometimes the rain too. Customers Jinsu and Jordan have been fishing local rivers near Noojee in search of a few spotted river wrigglers.

Jinsu has found that soft plastics like Gulp Minnows and turtleback worms have been effective in dirtied up pools when visibility is low, while Jordan has been catching fish on a mixture of flies. Jordan has been alternating between indicator nymph fishing and also wet flies like wooly buggers and the like. Between both of these techniques the guys have been pulling some nice sized browns for the streams.

Up around the Eildon region, customer Vince has also been getting a few trout here and there. Vince has found that the most effective lures for him recently have been small spinner like the Blue Fox Vibrax, in plated gold and also brass colour. With a bit of colour to the water he has found the trout have been able to find these lures a bit easier. 

 

 

The Goulburn River has been good to anglers fishing lures along the undercut edges recently, as it is still running quite high. Baitfishing in fast flows has still been quite tough, but lure casting has been good. Customer Mick ventured up to the Goulburn after some lure advice in the shop, and in a quiet afternoon's fishing Mick managed to land 2 stream sized rainbows and also a thumper brown at 1.8kg. Mick found that a couple of the lures recommended worked a treat and got his a couple of fish.

Not too far out of the suburbs customer Jordan has been at it again, catching local stream browns on the fly. Jordan has been fishing small creeks and has found plenty of reasonable sized fish waiting in runs and pockets. Jordan has found a mixture of both nymph and dries to be effective. Small dark coloured nymphs in size 14 have been good, while Parachute Adams and Wulff varieties have been taking fish sipping off the surface.

Customer Morgan fished in a couple of smaller rivers up around Healesville over the weekend with his girlfriend after a couple of trout. The pair fly fished the rivers using both nymphs and dries and caught a few average stream fish on both presentations.

A bit closer to home staff member Don took his twins down to a local dam after work for a flick with redfin in mind. His twin boys have been taught to cast and work a lure, and pretty much bring the fish in all by themselves. Don, being the expert at rigging plastics straight - made sure the lures were swimming correctly for them and off they went. Young Jackson was pretty happy with himself here posing with a chunky redfin.

Customer Adrian had another fish during the week down at Devilsbend Reservoir in search of some bigger redfin. Adrian found a small patch of surface activity around some snags on the bank and had a few casts with a shallow twitchbait, and pulled out some nice fat redfin. He caught a few in the same spot then continued walking to catch more in another area.

 

The trout fishing local to Melbourne has been pretty good recently, and because we haven't had a great deal of hot weather it should continue. Bait, lure and fly anglers have been getting in to a few fish both local and afar which is good. Generally once you've been in the car and out of the suburbs for a bit over an hour there are multiple options for chasing trout, whichever direction you head. Up around the Eildon region the fish have been on and off, but this can generally be the case with Eildon, especially in the pondage. Bait anglers preparing for a solid session on the pondage can normally expect fewer fish, but there is always a chance of one of those 'Eildon monsters' coming along. 

Customer Reece was fishing in the Eildon area over the weekend in search of 'that' fish. Reece is a pretty dedicated lure angler and hits the trout a fair bit, and the fish he caught on the weekend was the icing on the cake as far as he's concerned. Reece was throwing small slow floating hardbodies in trout parr colours when he noticed a big fish cruising. Reece managed to get a gentle cast in front of the big rainbow and it soon came over and smashed the lure. After a few decent runs, Reece got a good look at the fish and after a quick pic it was on it's way again. 

Not too far away from some of the Eildon streams, customer Jordan has been having a bit of fun on the fly. Jordan has been looking around some small water in search of a few trout to cast both wet and dry flies at, and there has been no shortage of stream sized fish to cast to. Jordan has been using a mixture of techniques including indicator nymphing which has caught most fish from deeper pools and runs, and for slower edges and pools a few fish have also risen up to take small dries like Adams's Parachute and Kosciuszko Duns. 

Staff member Dylan has also been out over the weekend in search of some stream trout. Dylan has been fishing around the Yarra Ranges and South Gippsland areas, with streams like the Latrobe, Little Yarra and Loch getting a look. While most of the fish are small in the streams, they can be good fun to present flies and lures to. Even with warm conditions over the weekend, the water in these streams has still been very cold and clear, and running well.

A mixture of both brown and rainbow trout have been caught, with recent sessions providing a few more fish on the dry flies that nymphs. The slower moving pools and runs have been fishing well with flies like Royal Wulffs, Elk Hair Caddis and Adam's Parachutes.

 

Within around an hour's drive from Melbourne there is some good trout fishing. To the north there is the Yarra River and surrounding tributaries, while heading into southwest Gippsland there are plenty of smaller streams out towards Noojee and the surrounding area. Customer Jordan went for a drive towards Noojee over the weekend in search of a few trout on fly. Jordan fished a few of the small rivers and streams in the area using a few different tactics, and he eventually found a few fish. 

In one particular stretch of water he found that small dark coloured bead headed nymphs were the best, landing both browns and rainbows from these areas. Fishing the small nymphs under a strike indicator he was able to tell when the fish ate the fly. In another more snaggy and overgrown section of water Jordan could see a few fish rising to the surface, so a quick change to a dry fly produced the results. Small parachute adams and similar deer hair surface flies got some interest from the small fish. Jordan also found the odd spiny cray in some of the deeper pools, which he had a look at then let go again.