Good trout fishing before the close
  |  First Published: June 2011

Our local rivers close in the next few weeks and the recent rain we had has improved fishing along the Yarra, so now is the time to have that last flick of the fly rod or try some spinning or bait fishing for trout.

There have been reports of some good-sized trout in the higher grounds above Warburton in recent times. The rain is making some areas very dirty; however the trout love the cooler temperatures and the new food sources.

Recent reports from fly anglers indicate more success from dark coloured flies such as olive or brown nymphs and also black bead head nymphs, these seems to be working better than the lighter colours.

Until the close of the trout season I would suggest that you reduce the size of your hooks when bait fishing, however if lure fishing, it is best to use a larger lure than normal because during this period trout can become very aggressive. This is because trout are moving into their spawning phase; even though they don’t appear to feed as much over this period, a larger lure will often entice them to strike.

As an alternative to the flies or bait, why not try using plastics. Success has been had using Berkley Power Nymph; when used correctly these small plastics are dynamite. The scent combined in the plastics is working extremely well in the cooler running streams and rivers. To rig for trout, attach one or two sized BB Dinsmore soft shots about 100mm above a Baitholder sized 10 hook. Thread the nymph onto the hook head first, we find that this give the plastic more action and results in better hook ups.

Currently the most consistent reports for trout are in the area above Woori Yallock to the upper reaches of Warburton. Don’t be afraid to venture into the top reaches of the Yarra. No water is too shallow or small at the time of year. Always be careful to not walk on the spawning grounds.

The fish seem to be getting spooked very easily, perhaps more so than other years at this time, so try moving around lightly along the banks and do not venture in very slow moving water. If you need to cross, go through quicker moving waterways, this way you won’t disturb the area where you want to target the fish.

Although the streams and rivers will close for trout fishing on Queen’s Birthday weekend in June, lakes and dams are still open as well as targeting of other species along the Yarra. You can also view our info sheets for these areas at www.whatsbiting.com.au

There is still the option to target Murray cod in the Yarra, although they do tend to go quieter over the cooler months, with persistence and some careful planning you will still be able to hook some of these ripping fish. Target deeper holes and large fallen trees where they are more likely to look for protection and cover.

Fishing for eels, blackfish and redfin will improve as the temperatures drop and most success will come as the rain washes new food sources into the rivers. Redfin are a great fish to target especially on lures, they are aggressive, hard fighting on light tackle and go very nice on the plate.

Reports from Sugar Loaf Dam have been positive. This is one of those areas where you would use a larger lure such as, the Daiwa Double Clutch, Sebile Magic Swimmer or the ever reliable Rapala CD7 lures. Even though the trout will not breed in here as there is no running water, they still become aggressive as spawning time comes on. Sugar Loaf this is a great local spot not far from Yarra Glen and will provide some great fishing when conditions are right.

For up to date fishing information, both fresh and saltwater, contact the boys at Compleat Angler in Ringwood on 03 9870 7792 or better still drop in at 92 Maroondah Hwy. Or come and visit us at our New Dandenong store, 209 Lonsdale St– both stores are open 7 days a week. We offer plenty of top quality fresh bait, lures and a great selection of freshwater and saltwater gear.

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Trout season closes on the Queens Birthday weekend – so make the most of the opportunity.

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