Rivers of plenty for anglers

March 23, 2018

Anglers are in luck with redfin at Eildon.

I just love autumn. The weather is usually calm and warm during the day and the cool nights make it easy to get a good night’s sleep, and the fishing is good as well.

All reports I have received indicate plenty of action in the Murray and Goulburn rivers as well as the Broken River and at Eildon, though the releases from Waranga Basin have made it tough to launch a boat.

From Eildon, the news was that before the strong winds blew in, the redfin were in a feeding frenzy and as fast as anglers could get them off the hook, they were bringing in another fish. Most were not big, but plenty of pan-size among them.

The tree line in the Jamieson Arm and also around Peppin Point were a couple of the hot spots and small yabbies, shrimp, worms and lures were all getting results when fished in about 5m of water around the trees.

The Goulburn has just had a flush of water following a release from Eildon, and the level has risen slightly, but this has had no effect on the fish and nice yellowbelly and cod have been caught upstream from the Broken River around Toolamba and Murchison.

Reports from around Jordan’s Bend have likewise been good, with plenty of cod and an occasional keeper among them. Cheese, shrimp and yabbies are still the best bait. Fish around the snags and use as little weight as possible to get the best results.

Top spots

Wading the rivers and streams in the north-east has been good, with rainbow and brown trout being caught by anglers casting bait and lures. Small dark-coloured bladed lures work best this time of year. Fly fishing is also worth a try.

Lake Dartmouth is starting to fish well later into the day. As the weather starts to cool and trout are taking worms and mudeye trolled behind a Ford Fender, the area in front of the boat ramp to the wall and also in Larson’s Cutting all the way to the Eight Mile campsite are definitely worth fishing. But if you want to enjoy a spot of quiet angling, drop a bait below a float among the trees and then put your feet up and wait for a bite.

Dartmouth is another great spot to visit during the autumn. There is magic about the high country at this time of the year.

Saltwater action

Saltwater fishing continues to provide anglers with plenty of action. At Queenscliff, Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood from Adamas Fishing Charters are still bagging plenty of pinky-sized snapper around the inshore reefs at Barwon Heads as well as flathead, salmon, whiting and an occasional kingfish near the submarine dive site near Point Lonsdale.

Rod said there were reports of tuna around the heads and if anglers were prepared to target just these fish, there were some nice-sized hauls.

Peter said it was the same for shark fishing with blue shark being caught around the 60-fathom mark.

He said it was usually a four-hour wait to berley a fish to your hook.

Fishing off Western Port has been good with pinky snapper as well as flathead and whiting providing action around Hastings, and gummy shark and some big leatherjackets around the deeper water off Phillip Island.

At Eden, John Liddell said some good catches of table fish had been taken from the inshore reefs near Boyd’s Lookout, but the bigger-sized fish were around Green Cape, about an hour-long boat ride from Twofold Bay.

John said game boats heading off the shelf were catching marlin, using skirted lures as well as live bait and cubing.

He said big kingfish were also on the bite out wide.

Last week Stanhope’s George and Bev Gemmill went fishing with the crew from Freedom Charters, at Eden, and were well pleased with their results.

At Narooma, Graham Cowley said fishing continued to be great with son Nicholas reporting the marlin, kingfish and some bluefin tuna are on the bite off the shelf north of Montague island. For anglers who want to bottom bounce, there are plenty of snapper, morwong, flathead and other reef fish along the inshore reefs.

James Luddington, at Flinders Island, said it was still all systems go around the Lady Baron end of the island.

He said flathead, gummy shark, kingfish and an occasional snapper were being caught and, even when the weather was rough, there was always a sheltered spot where anglers could drop a line.

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