There’s been some really great trout fishing in northeast Victorian rivers with an unusual number of large fish caught.
This should continue right through autumn according to locals.
Rocky Valley and Pretty Valley lakes are in excellent condition and fishing is most productive off the bank from almost anywhere along the Bogong High Plains Road. Live bait such as crickets are taking mostly brown trout, with sizes averaging 650-750g in weight.
Lake Guy is full and has been fishing well in recent weeks, with numbers of brown trout to 800g falling to Celtas and live drifted bait, including hoppers, crickets and mudeyes.
Most fishing is from the shoreline and some sections are more productive than others.
The pondage is currently about 70% full and fishing opportunities are good to excellent at the moment. Fishing from the shoreline during the morning and late afternoon is very productive and black crickets are the most abundant and popular live bait to use.
The Kiewa River from Mt Beauty to Mongans Bridge is flowing well with plenty of cold water and an abundance of aquatic food in the system ensuring unusually high returns of better than average-size trout for anglers this autumn.
Many reports indicate almost no rises occurred right through summer and trout are being found at around mid-level to deeper by anglers fishing with lures and live bait.
Large wet flies and lures are also taking their share, with small dry flies proving more productive in the shallower runs, especially the during late afternoon.
The Ovens River is flowing extremely well this month and fishing has been average to good right through summer. Most trout are being caught in the deeper runs and long pools with live bait and bladed lures, such as Celtas.
The upper Ovens River towards Harrietville continues to produce numbers of both brown trout and rainbows to around 500g on a variety of size 16 dry flies, with Royal Coachman and Red Humpys among the most productive.
The lower Mitta Mitta River at Mitta Mitta is at a low level as not much is being released from Dartmouth Dam at the moment. Fishing has been somewhat patchy in recent weeks, although reports of better than average size brown trout being caught are constant if not numerous.
Most fish are being caught on lightly weighted live baits this month, especially black crickets.
The Snowy Creek at Granite Flat is running well and producing high numbers of mostly brown trout on live drifted bait. Trout to 800g, some larger, are common and most are being caught in the middle of the runs during the day and in the tail at dusk.Reads: 1109