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Great Trout Season
  |  First Published: April 2011



We definitely aren’t used to having such a wet summer, but the trout are liking it.

It’s hard to believe the type of flows running down the creeks at the moment. Normally there running very low with little flow, however we can still fish with all methods so the creeks are fishing well for everyone.

Traralgon Creek has continued to fish great producing trout up to 35cm in length as well as trout that are extremely fat. There must be a lot of food coming downstream which is great.

An alarming thing I have noticed is the amount of redfin that has been caught in Traralgon Creek over the past month. Now before you say anything, yes, we have had a lot of redfin in the lower stretches of Traralgon below Loy Yang for some years, however over the past month, the redfin have reached right up to the eastern branch of the creek which is very high up.

I’ve never seen redfin up anywhere near here in all my life, and I’m pretty sure that any other anglers from this area will say the same. They’re so prolific, that catches by some anglers are out numbering the trout catches, especially with anglers using soft plastics.

They seem to target the redfin very well. The redfin are very fat and a mate of mine Rohan even caught one 36cm long and weighed at least 1kg.

I don’t know why all of a sudden they are up so high in the creek, but I hope they don’t compete too much with the trout. I know in the lower section of the creek, the redfin have drastically outnumbered the trout.

The Morwell River has been firing of late, especially for the fly fishers. The trout have been feeding on small hoppers and beetles recently. After a rain, nymphs have been working very well.

The flows are so good that the bait anglers are catching a lot a fish. Perhaps the best method has been to walk up stream casting an unweighted bunch of worms.

The Thomson River has been fishing surprisingly well. We have heard much from this area over the past few years; it’s not talked about as much as it used to be, however, it has been fishing well.

The fish are good-sized and healthy. There brownies anywhere from 30-40cm and they are fat as well. This is obviously due to the above average rain we are having. The usual popular spots such as Coopers Creek, the Walhalla Bridge and up are as good of spots as any.

These entry points allow you to walk a lot further upstream or downstream to get away from the crowds.

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will get expert advice and some great deals on all forms of fishing tackle.

Frank Zuelke caught this lovely trout up the Morwell River on fly. There have been better than average trout around lately.

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