It’s that time of year again
  |  First Published: September 2011

Ballarat and district anglers are looking forward to spring and the start of a new fishing season.

What a season it’s going to be, with all our water storages full of water and fish. We have exciting times ahead of us but which water should we fish, as there are so many choices.

Lake Tooliorook

At Lismore just to the west of Ballarat, Tooliorook is still the hot spot around the district at the moment with plenty of rainbow trout being caught on all methods. Brian Hughes recently spent a few hours down there catching rainbow trout to 1kg flyfishing using Woolly bugger type patterns from the boat.

Ballarat angler Greg Cook fished at Tooliorook trolling small Tassie Devils and small Rainbow Rapala lures successfully. Greg used normal-sized lures first with limited success before changing to smaller ones with instant success.

Lake Wartook

Lake Wartook in the Grampians has been one of the best fisheries in the region. The Ballarat Fly Fishers Club and the Horsham Fly Fishers and Trout anglers recently fished for the War ook trophy

Approximately 35 anglers fished over the weekend with 12 fish being weighed in for the competition the heaviest fish went to the Ballarat fly fishers club member Cam Griffin with a 1.22kg brown trout. President Garry McKay said it was the best weekend’s fishing the club has ever had at Wartook with lots of other trout and redfin being caught and released.

Garry and Brian Hughes fished together for the weekend catching and releasing 29 brown trout all around 1kg. They were nearly all Black Woolly Bugger fly patterns. Other anglers were catching both trout and redfin on lures, soft plastics and bait.

Lake Burrumbeet

This water is only a matter of 10 minutes from the Ballarat CDB and has had a lot of angler activity recently. Trout were released into this lake (like others) last year and they have grown to over 1kg.

Anglers have been catching them on lures and bait fished on running sinker rigs. The downside to Lake Burrumbeet is the European carp are back in the lake having survived the drought in Bo Peep Creek. With water flowing down the creek, they have established themselves once again into the lake, up to 73cm in length. Steve Agnew and son Nathan fished out there recently using worms for bait and young Nathan landed a massive 73cm European carp.

Lake Wendouree

I have been up flyfishing the lake with some success. The lake still have plenty of weed that covers most of the lake with a few patches that are clear enough to get a drift and cast some flies and lures around.

The rainbow trout are approx 30-40cm in length and put a great fight. We currently have four weed cutters harvesting the weed out of the lake and I anticipate the lake will be ready and raring to go for some great spring fishing action.

Tullaroop Reservoir

This has been fishing well with rainbow and brown trout around 500-600g. Local Brian Hughes said they are in great condition and can’t wait until they get a bit bigger in the spring.

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