End of the road for boat access plans?
  |  First Published: December 2008

I am sure that the question “where to from here?” is being asked not only by me, but by those that have put so much work into trying to get boat access for anglers into Victoria’s premier salmonid fishery, Lake Purrumbete.

After some positive moves with Parks, everything has come to a screeching halt for the temporary boat ramp at Hoses Rocks. In a press release dated November 27, Parks Victoria stated, “Our investigations revealed that the access track at Hoses Rocks passes over an Aboriginal site. Under the Aboriginal Heritage Act we are required to protect this site while a detailed assessment is made. The only way for us to protect the site, at this point of time, is to install a fence and gates to close off this informal access.”

By December 1 the fence and gates were erected with signs explaining the situation. Anybody who thinks that Parks are slow at getting things done will have to rethink after this, especially when you consider that November 29 and 30 were a weekend. It has got me beat how the paint was dry on the signs!

In their media release, Parks also mentioned they knew how important the lake was to the recreational fishers and the local community, and they would continue to work co-operatively with all groups involved.

Parks are looking into all options and on the positive side seem to be liaising with the locals at a much more informative level then in the past.

What is really annoying about all this is that the fishing at Purrumbete, for those managing to get out, is excellent. Browns and salmon to 3kg and rainbows to 2kg have been being caught in good numbers. Browns have been the best, with bullheads and mudeyes fished under floats the best method.

There have been plenty of anglers along the banks taking fish as well, with Hoses Rocks (foot access is still permitted) and Rainbow Point good areas to try.

Flyfishers and lure casters along the eastern shore have also been catching their share. As the weather continues to warm there should be more fish moving along the shorelines in the evenings, giving a few more options for flyfishers.

Bullen Merri has been a bit quieter, but once again the warmer weather should change that, with minnow schools along the edges bringing some big browns and salmon into range for the bank anglers. PowerBait is still a good option and those using bullheads in the dark will continue to take some nice fish.

Anglers fishing the local rivers have had a few good evenings, especially when the weather has been a bit sultry.

Wurdibuloc has had a very good run of redfin. These fish have been taken from the main wall by anglers using bibbed minnow style lures. Reports from the trout anglers have suggested that the fishing has been tough enough, but remember this is another water that frequently gets good beetles hatches at this time of the year.

West Barwon is low but anglers are taking redfin and trout using Tassie Devil style lures and soft plastics.

If you are thinking about travelling to the western district in January, we still have plenty of water and fish for you.


The gate blocking access to Hoses Rocks at Lake Purrumbete.

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