Many of the local stocked lakes have been producing trout over the past few weeks with Karkarook, Pakenham, Emerald and Rowville all worth a shot. Fishing coarse methods (maggots and berley in short) has been the most effective way to catch one of these yearling rainbows. If you do want to learn more about ways in which you can make the most of these fisheries then pop into the store, like customer Joszef did. Joszef picked up a few coarse fishing essentials and took off, and came back to the shop about an hour later - he had already landed a couple of nice rainbows and a crucian carp from Emerald lake. 

 

Customer Jordan has also been making the most of the feisty urban lake rainbows recently. Being a 'trout-nut' and not having any rivers to fish, Jordan has been catching the rainbows on fly to keep his casting arm nice and loose. Jordan has found that small damsel or dragonfly nymph patterns have been the most effective lately. These fish will also take small lures such as bullet minnows or micro soft plastics for the spin fisherman.


 

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.

For anglers fishing locally, some of the waterways in the area have been producing trout and redfin. Rowville Lakes, Karkarook Park and Lilydale Lake have all been ok for anglers using the right methods. 

Customer Jordan has been catching some cracker redfin in some of the local waterways on a mixture of methods; including lure and fly. Jordan has found smelt imitation flies to be successful on the redfin, along with Bullet lures in the 'mozzy minnow' colour. Some of Jordan's larger fish have been in the mid 40cm size range.

Up the road at Eildon, customer Darren has been trying his luck on the pondage. Darren has found that powerbait has been the most successful, with the 'rainbow' colour in particular. Darren has found success in fishing the powerbait on a fine gauge size 18 treble hook and running sinker rig - where the bait tends to suspend just off the bottom where the fish can see it. Using this method Darren has caught trout to around 1.5kg over the last week. 

 

The local suburban lakes are still producing trout for anglers chasing them. A lot of these lakes are good family venues where a few nice trout can be caught, along with redfin and carp. Customer Alexander fished with a friend at Rowville Lakes recently for a quiet afternoon session. Alexander fished for trout using a mixture of different colours in Berkley powerbait on a feeder cage rig, and landed a handful of nice trout.

Customer Peter took his fly outfit up to Emerald Lake over the weekend to try and fool a few local trout on the fly. Peter noticed a few small light coloured bugs around the waters surface and tied on a small white caddis imitation, which fooled this little rainbow.