Trout waits

August 11, 2017

Rain, rain go away. Another wet weekend put an end to my thoughts of putting a line in the water last weekend and now the rivers are on a rise from the rain, so it’s back to the couch and on with the heater.

But with a bit of luck it should soon be a little better weatherwise and I have all good intentions of going fishing this weekend.

It would now be wise to take advantage of any opportunity to catch cod before the cod season closes at midnight on August 31 until November 1.

I have heard that som e cod were caught in both the Goulburn and Murray rivers by anglers using lures and bait, and fish in excess of a metre caught in Lake Mulwala by anglers using surface lures.

Redfin are still being caught at Waranga Basin by anglers fishing the deeper water with small yabbies as bait as well as worms and soft plastics; hard body lures in red or purple colours, dragged along the bottom, are also worth trying.

At Eildon, redfin are still being caught around the tree lines. Some trout are also being caught by anglers trolling a fender with worms or tassie devil-style lures. The Big River and Delatite arms are worth trying as well as in front of the wall. Dartmouth is still the mecca for trout fishing at this time of year.

I mentioned Lake Hume last week as another spot for trout and some trophy-size fish have been taken by anglers.

The trout season in rivers and streams will reopen at midnight on September 1. Bag limits will apply but they vary from area to area. Check the current edition of the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide for details.

Salt water angling around Queenscliff is worth a try, according to Rod Lawn, from Adamas Fishing Charters.

North of the border at Eden, John Liddell said snapper, morwong and other table fish were being caught along the inshore reefs all the way to Green Cape. Some Godzilla-size flathead were being caught along the sandy bottom around the cape as well as an occasional gummy shark.

At Narooma, Graham Cowley said it was a similar story but with the shelf a lot closer to the shore, anglers were also hooking up to some nice kingfish as well as tuna. Good hauls of flathead were being caught along the sandy bottom near Montague Island on both bait and soft plastics.

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