The Western district lakes have been producing fish lately for freshwater anglers chasing trout and salmon. Customer Mick has been finding some quality chinook salmon in Lake Bullen Merri over the past week or so, with most fish averaging around 1 - 2kg. The salmon have been found in schools and have responded best to bluebait and glassies fished on lightly weighted rigs. A few have also been taking lures worked around the school.

Around Ballarat, keen angler Tyler has been catching some nice trout on lures in the nearby lakes. Some of the better sized fish have been in the 50cm size range like this brown, with bullet lures working the best. The redfin colour has been the most effective on the larger trout as well.

 

While the trout streams around the state have only just recently opened up, the lakes and rivers in the states' West have been fishing very well. Many of the sea run streams are running full and discoloured, which are actually the best conditions for chasing some trophy trout in them. The Hopkins and Merri Rivers towards Warnambool are just two which fish well at this time of year. 

For the lake fisherman, both Purrumbete and Bullen Merri have been performing very well for both trout and salmon. Customer Mick has been fishing the lakes recently, and over the weekend he went down with a couple of mates. Mick fished Bullen Merri with two mates in search of a few chinook salmon. The best method to catch these salmon was to sound around and try to mark the fish up, and once a decent school was found it is a matter of presenting baits to them. Bluebait and whitebait has been the most effective on the salmon when fished on light line and with very small sinkers. Some of the salmon Mick caught over the weekend were up to 2.2kg in weight.  

 

The crate lakes out towards Camperdown are still fishing well for trout and salmon at present. Although we have had some seriously rough conditions, the resident trout push right in close to the shore where they can find food stirred up in the cloudy water. For these conditions land based fishing can be excellent, with many trout taking both baits and lures fish from the shore. For shore based anglers, mudeyes and minnows fished under a float are a very good option. Walking the lake edges with a lure casting outfit can also produce results in rough conditions.

Customer Mick fished the crater lakes twice last week after some good results a fortnight back. Mick has done well using pilchards and glassies suspended off the bottom, after locating the schools of fish on the sounder. The Chinook salmon have been more prolific, with the odd rainbow trout taking the baits as well. Mick has found the fish in around 10-15m of water on most occasions. 

 

The crater lakes around Camperdown in the state's West have been producing some good trout, redfin and chinook salmon for anglers recently. Both Bullen Merri and Purrumbete have been fishing well and should continue to do so through most of winter. Most of the action at the moment seems to be on the chinook salmon in the lakes, with plenty of fish in the 1kg mark. 

Diego from Black Magic Tackle has been fishing the crater lakes using a few different methods recently, including down rigging and flatline trolling. He has had success with most methods, mainly on chinook salmon. Most of the fish have been taking tassie devils trolled both ways. Diego has also been trialling a new prototype lure from Black Magic with great success, which will available shortly.

Customer Eddie fished Bullen Merri last week to land a few nice salmon to around 1.1kg, along with 2 redfin between 37 - 41cm. Eddie caught his fish while drifting along the edges of the lake, with scrubworms and salted whitebait hanging from a paternoster rig.

 

Most people know that the Western district is the place to go if you're chasing SBT, but it is also the place to go if you're a freshwater fisherman. The district is fishing well at the moment if you enjoy your trout fishing, in both rivers and lakes. The crater lakes around Camperdown are producing some lovely fish at the minute, along with most of the rivers nearby.

Customer Mick went across to Bullen Merri after some advice from the guys in the store, where he had a good day on the salmon. Mick hadn't fished here before targeting the salmon so he was steered in the right direction with baits and rigs and also how to find these fish. Mick ended up catching his bag of chinook salmon, keeping a couple and releasing the rest. The standout rig was a small running sinker with size 4 octopus hook, and salted whitebait was the best bait. Mick fished in around 15 - 20m of water and used his sounder to find the schools of fish.

Customer Eddy also fished the lake recently, where he took some of his younger family out for some fishing. Eddy and his family caught salmon around the 1.5kg mark, by fishing near the bottom in 20m of water. Best bait was pilchard fillet, along with small cubes of pilchard to get the fish going.

Customer Samy went across to the Western lakes last weekend where he and a few mates went out to target some trout. They went and hit Lake Toolondo after hearing a few ok reports in search of some quality trout. The guys used mudeye as bait, and had them suspended about 60cm under a small stick float. Most of the fish came from around 1.5m of water, and averaged at around 50cm each with the largest fish measuring 65cm.