Spring stamped its mark in October as we got some nice sunny warm days, which helped the water temperatures rise and helped get the fish going.
Lake Bullen Merri continues to fish well for anglers fishing with bait and lures. Although the larger browns have become a little more elusive than a couple of months back there is still plenty of fish in the 2-3kg range as Marc Ainsworth found on his last trip when he landed a beauty of 3kg in weight while trolling.
Trolling winged lures have still been the standout technique on the bigger browns fished either on a downrigger at 10-15m in depth or on lead core lines. Bait anglers have been doing well from the shore using Powerbait and live gudgeon with rainbow trout from 500g-1.8kg making up most of the catch. In November look out for the Australian bass, as they should start to fire up when the water reaches 16C. Potters Point and Whurrung Point are great places to start looking for these fish.
The Annual Camperdown Fishing Classic held in October was a great success and while plenty on rainbow trout to a 1kg and a few nice browns were landed at Lake Bullen Merri it was Lake Purrumbete that really turned on the action for anglers in the know. Anglers slow trolling live gudgeon caught some excellent brown trout from 3.2-4.7kg.
Redfin have still been prolific in Lake Purrumbete and most are in the 300-800g range, with some larger ones thrown in to 1.5kg for good measure. As the water warms they should really start to fire up. Most of these have been taken by bobbing soft plastics or on live minnow or gudgeon.
Remember launching boats up to 17ft is possible at the Lake Purrumbete Caravan Park ramp so as we head towards Christmas there should be plenty more reports as anglers return to this water to target some of the bigger trout that are now on the bite.
The eastern shore of Lake Purrumbete looks excellent at present and is a great place for anglers to target brown trout from the shore this month either casting soft plastics or by fly fishers polaroiding and casting small wet flies.
Mt Emu Creek finally started dropping in October after one of the biggest floodwaters to flow through the catchment for 20 years. This cleared out much of the thick vegetation and blackberries. The trout fishing has been good with anglers taking fish up to 3kg spinning with bibbed minnows, but as summer approaches and the water clears bait fishing in the deeper pools with shrimp or live minnow will catch most of the fish.
West Barwon Reservoir is still fishing well, particularly around the wall area for brown trout with some fish up to 1.5kg being landed on worms fished under a bubble float and by anglers casting lures.
The lower reaches of Curdies River at Peterbourough has been producing some nice bream to 42cm on bait such as greyback and cut mullet. Many of these fish were pushed downstream into the lake by the huge amount of freshwater through spring and as the water subsides they will begin to make their way back upstream to spawn. If you like surf fishing there is plenty of salmon just out from the river mouth from 500g-2kg. Best fishing in on a rising tide with bluebait.
As summer approaches the shipwreck coast beaches will start to fire. The there has been plenty of salmon up to 2.5kg by anglers fishing at Princetown and Clifton beaches. As the weather improves anglers will start staying out and fishing the evenings for snapper, gummy and school sharks.
For gummies I prefer fishing around a full moon with the moonrise around 10-11pm in the evening. Best baits are cured eel and octopus tentacles.
Marc Ainsworth gets into the action with a cracking 3kg brown trout from Lake Bullen Merri.Reads: 7114