December is an exciting month for stream trout angling. Longer daylight hours make for a perfect evening casting a bait, lure or fly into a sparkling golden stream as the sun slowly sinks below the hills.
The fishing is so hot right now with one of the best seasons we’ve had in while so combine that with a beautiful backdrop and you won’t go home without having a great day out fishing.
All streams are fishing really well with plenty of feed for the surface feeding trout with late spring and early summer hatches. As you fish the early mornings or late afternoons you’ll be able to spot a heap of rising fish.
The flow of the Tanjil River should start to slow down now, so this river should certainly be on your radar for the coming months. For most of the Tanjil River, a 4WD and a good forest map gives you an advantage for accessing many parts of the river. Otherwise you can access some sections by 2WD where you can wade for long distances.
The Tanjil is a magical river that holds a lot of trout and is set amongst dense bushland with plenty of rapids, runs and deep pools to explore. This river will suit all techniques of bait, lure and fly angling but waders are essential. In the heart of summer, some old sneakers and shorts make it a cooling day out.
The Latrobe River is holding plenty of fish. After experiencing the Latrobe for his first time last month, Jakov Vucak recently re-visited the river fishing behind the Noojee Hotel. He reported that the fishing was phenomenal even though he wasn’t able to land a fish. Being a novice with the fly gear, he was able to have a lot of fun with the viciously feeding stream trout and will once again return soon to this time hopefully land his first Latrobe River trout.
The Tarago River downstream of the reservoir is fishing very well and the recent flood events downstream below Drouin West has provided a lot of entertainment for the local fly anglers. The wet winter and spring has not only flushed out the system but has also rejuvenated it. The same can also be said for many other streams across West and South Gippsland which are looking terrific and very inviting.
One issue with the Tarago River downstream of the reservoir is the number of carp that are populating the river below Drouin West through to Labertouche before joining up with the Bunyip River. Carp for some time now have been present in very small pockets of the deeper runs of the Tarago but with the flood events, they are managing to move upstream to nestle in more pools and creating further damage.
Other rivers in the region being invaded by carp are the Moe and Little Moe Rivers, Shady Creek and most likely the tributaries that feed these rivers. Whilst these rivers are always quite dirty in colour, there is no doubt that carp are making it much worse and it would be a shame to see the Tarago River downstream of Drouin West turn the same.
The Lang Lang River is one river that desperately needed a flush out and every time I pass over the bridge crossing at Heath Hill on the Western Port Road I can’t help but think there must be some big trout cruising around. The water flowing under the bridge on the Western Port Road is flowing very clear at the moment and quite strong creating a nice fishable stream you would expect to see further north below Mt Baw Baw.
The upstream banks are steep and as you head downstream the banks are bound with thick vegetation in parts so access to the water is difficult. There are a number of road crossings downstream of Heath Hill as you head towards the township of Lang Lang that provide access and the fishing is more suited to bait or lure.
Freshwater crayfish are also a prime target species this time of the year and can be a lot of fun to catch with friends or family. Remember to only keep specimens exceeding a 9cm carapace, which is the measurement of the main body shell.
Keep those reports coming in along with photos and feel free to email me any questions. Happy fishing!
A typical stream brown trout for downstream Tarago River caught and released by Macca. The big fish are now starting to come on the bite.Reads: 2111