All we need is fish
  |  First Published: October 2010

The Ballarat and district waters are all either nearly full or over flowing.

Newlyn Reservoir, Cosgrove, Tullaroop, Cairn Curran, Burrumbeet, Learmonth and even the jewel in Ballarat’s crown lake Wendouree is nearly full! Some of these waters have been bone dry for up to 10 years - what a difference this winter has made.

The only problems that anglers and fisheries have is where to stock first and where do all the fish come from. I’m sure Victorian Fisheries have strategies in place, but our fisheries will take a while to get back to their former glory and anglers must be patient.

I am predicting by this time next year we will have difficult decisions to make as where do we go, as all the waters will have good fish stocks and varying sized fish and the action will be everywhere instead of just a handful of waters to fish.

Lake Fyans

Lake Fyans is on fire, with trout and redfin are on the bite. Ballarat Fly Fishers Club recently held their opening weekend fishing trip up there, with Brian Nyygaard catching the heaviest trout for the weekend in a 3kg brown trout on a mudeye suspended under a bubble float.

The lake has risen to nearly 80% full, and the trout will be cruising around the flooded margins of the lake eating all the flooded out food, grubs and worms. The trout will put on weight very quickly with the new found food sources. This will be the case in all waters that have been low or empty.

The Lakeside Anglers have also been fishing at Lake Fyans with plenty of trout being caught. One angler caught 13 up to the 1kg mark trolling lures out of the boat. My young nephew Nathan managed to catch a couple of browns around the 1kg mark on mudeye suspended under a bubble float.

The lake will continue to fish very well over the next few months and I am looking forward to fishing up there myself. My suggestions for fishing methods would be fish close to the edges as the trout will be in close, and use live mudeye, worms, flies and lures.


Lake Purrumbete has seen plenty of action as the new season is under way. Brian Hughes spent a day down there flyfishing out of a boat catching plenty of small trout, with a couple of good ones around 1.5kg. The most successful patterns were Woolly Buggers in a variety of colours fished on a sinking fly line.

Brian mentioned the lake has risen a lot in the past couple of months and he launched his boat from the caravan park, something you haven’t been able to do for a number of years. Big boats of over 4.5m might have to use the alternative ramp but if the rain keeps going all will be able to launch from the caravan park.

Brian Nyygaard has been catching browns also at Purrumbete around the 1.5kg size on mudeyes suspended under a bubble float. Brian Rivett spent a week fishing the lake catching plenty of trout up to 1.5kg.

Corey McNeight had a great morning down at Purrumbete catching five browns around 1.5kg on mudeye, so it seems the waters is back and the fishing action is happening everywhere.

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