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. 

 

While the weather around Melbourne's inland lakes has been as cold as we've seen, the fishing for trout has still been productive. Thermals, a thermos for hot coffee and tea, and a decent selection of lures are some of the essentials for winter trout fishing. The Eildon area has been good, along with the Western lakes such as Bullen Merri, Purrumbete and Toolondo. 

Customer Daniel fished Eildon recently with a group of mates in search of a few trout, with a few boats all out on the lake trying their methods out. The trout were a bit slow on the particular days that the guys were fishing, but trout to around 1kg were still caught on lures. A fair few different lures were used, with 13.5g tassie devils the stand out in the area that the guys were fishing. Pink and orange colour patterns were also the best. 

Customer Monica has been fishing the Eildon pondage recently, and reports that there are some nice fish being caught - with rainbows up to 6lb coming to the bank. Monica has found that for most general fishing. dough baits set under a float are the best option, with many of the bigger rainbow trout aggressively swiping at spoon type lures such as Gillies naturals and Strikepro Bob'n Spoons.

Customers Andrew and Rene also fished Lake Eildon recently, were they had a very slow day. Although they had nothing to write home about, they still caught a few smaller fish - with the new Strikepro Bob'n Spoon in tiger pattern the only lure they had that produced any interest on the troll. Make sure you've got a couple!

 

Now is one of the better times to be out freshwater fishing around Melbourne. We aren't quite in the deathly cold of winter, but most of the freshwater species like trout are still active. Within around 90 minutes from the suburbs there is some great fishing. Staff member Dylan has been walking the rivers up around Eildon recently, where some nice fish are on offer. Last weekend he took his Dad out to see if he could manage a few and the fishing was good. Some lovely trout were caught on small floating hardbodied lures in the streams.

Jason from Bullet Lures has also had a few good trips on the Goulburn recently. Jason has been fishing the section of river further down towards Seymour, where his Bullet Minnows have been doing the job on the trout. Jason has caught both brown and rainbow trout on his last trips, with the brighter colours like pink tiger and fire tiger getting the attention of the local fish. 

Customers Andrew and Rene enjoy their freshwater fishing and recently they ventured down to Blue Rock Lake, about 90 minutes from the suburbs. The guys decided to have a bit of a trout to see what was happening in the area, and they managed to catch, trout, redfin and bass on small deep running hardbodies. Some of the redfin that were caught were good size for the lake, while most of the bass are in the 25cm size. The bass and trout were released, with a few redfin fillets to take home. Just remember there are horsepower restrictions at Blue Rock Lake if you are going to venture down.