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Trout hot to trot
  |  First Published: November 2010



Spring is defiantly here and the weather is heating up.

RUNNING FOR A RUNNER

The white bait season started in October and that meant two things – whitebait patties and searun trout. North-West anglers have been going crazy looking for one of those dream searunners and most haven't been disappointed.

There has been a heap of whitebait running up our rivers with some of the biggest runs occurring in the Leven River (which is closed for whitebait fishing) and some very large fish have been recorded coming out here.

As for lures and flies it is a case of ‘match the hatch’ anything that looks like a whitebait can be a very handy accessory to your tackle box. Two of my favourites would have to be the River2Sea, Sea Rock 7 in either SJ02 or SJ07 colour. A really good lure to get down to them deeper is the Berkley Hollow Belly Split Tail in either blue back herring or pearl white colour; they look smell and feel just like the natural thing.

But as said before anything that matches the hatch can be a fish catcher and is up to anglers preference, but don't dwell on one lure. These fish will continue into November in a normal year.

NORTH WEST LAKES STILL Excellent

It is well in to spring as we go into November and the weather is beginning to heat up and lakes are heating up to. The lakes like Guide and Pet dams and Huntsman Lake will only get better in the next few months. Recently lakes Burbury, Rosebery, Mackintosh, Mikany, Barrington and Rowallan have been fishing reasonable well but will get better as the weather warms up.

There have been many reports of Atlantic salmon being caught in Lake Rosebery, so if you like the idea of a massive salmon, Lake Rosebery is ideal; hopefully you get well rewarded.

CREEKS AND RIVERS

In the past few months there has been a massive amount of resident trout caught in small creeks and streams and rivers along the coast. Some of the creeks only produce smaller fish, but it is great fun to catch and release a small trout.

A large percentage of creeks and rivers along the coast harbour good numbers of resident trout. These trouts can be angled in many different ways, with one way to run a worm in the natural flow of the river or creek. It can be very productive especially on cooler days.

Another way to chase these fish is with lures such as soft plastics and some hardbodied lures. This can be a very fun way of fish for these fish, there isn’t many better feelings in trout fishing than a good trout smacking a lure as you fish it down the current of the river.

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