By Kev Tyler
I am still receiving comments from anglers that the level of the Goulburn River is above the normal summer level, but this has not affected fishing at this stage, although summer growth of grasses and other habitat is being affected and what this means for later in the year is still to be determined.
Around the traps
There are reports of cod being caught both below and above the mouth of the Broken River, and I did hear of some excellent fishing around the Nagambie area as well as downstream to Arcadia.
Having said that, the fish are where you catch them and some good-sized cod have also been taken around the city and out near the golf course — even Reddy Swamp gets a mention.
While some anglers are using lures and spinner baits, I have had good results using bait and angling a lump of cheese, or a bunch of shrimps, a yabbie and even garden or scrub worms.
Cast your line to a snag or where there is a backwater and you should get a reaction from a hungry cod.
While the Goulburn is high, the Broken is being reduced to a series of large holes and these are still worth trying.
I heard of a big cod taking a surface popper fished in the Broken although the lucky angler was coy about the general location of his success.
Lake Eildon has dropped to below50percent capacity and launching a boat has become a bit harder as most boat ramps are now clear of the water.
However, fishing continues to be reasonable with cod taking large-sized lures fished around the wall as well as other structure in deeper water.
Trout can still be caught, but mainly in the river arms and definitely early in the morning before the day gets too warm, while redfin are still being caught around the tree lines.
Both the Delatite Arm, Bonnie Doon near Peppin Point and also the Jamieson Arm are worth a try.
Dartmouth is still fishing well.
Anglers using down riggers or lead line to get to where the fish are feeding are getting the best results, although a fender trailing bait or a lure will also get results but only early in the morning before the trout head into the deep water to escape the heat.
Pan-sized rainbow and brown trout have been taken in the upper Ovens River near Harrietville this week by anglers wading the river and casting lures and bait.
No monsters among them but a good feed; worms, crickets, grasshoppers and mud eye are the best baits or even a small yabby.
As far as lures go, small minnow-style hard-body lures as well as bladed styles are working.
Saltwater fishing is providing a variety of fish for anglers around Queenscliff, according to Rod Lawn and Peter Smallwood from Adamas Fishing Charters.
Rod said they had been boating whiting up to 42cm around the grass beds on both sides of the heads as well as St Leonards.
He said offshore they were catching kingfish, pinky snapper, flathead and jumbo salmon — some up to 4kg — from the back of the heads to the mouth of the Barwon River.
Rod said they were seeing early signs of tuna chasing huge schools of bait fish around the rip, although it had been tough work trying to hook up to one.
In Western Port, the fishing was similar although some large-sized leatherjacket were being caught.
They have a nasty habit of snipping lines and hooks with their razor sharp, strong teeth.
Reports of whiting and snapper being taken around Hastings and the submarine are also common.
James Luddington from Flinders Island said he was preparing to host a group of local anglers soon.
He said they were getting flathead and gummy shark as well as a variety of other species including salmon and an occasional kingfish.
James said the gutters between the islands off Lady Baron and Chapel Island were fishing well, although the fish were where you find them.
At Eden, John Liddell said Mark from Freedom Charters was still catching plenty of snapper and morwong from along the inshore reefs and schools of kingfish were hanging around Green Cape.
He said big flathead were also on the chew in the deeper water near the Cape.
At Narooma, Graham Cowley reported bigger sized kingfish were starting to move into the area although there were still schools of rat-sized kings giving anglers plenty of action.
Graham said the game boats were still heading out to the shelf hunting for marlin.
He said while they were not around in large numbers there was still enough action to lure anglers out to hunt them.