Stream trout for a mid week fix
  |  First Published: November 2011

It appears this year’s trout season is attracting a few saltwater anglers to the beautiful streams of West and South Gippsland.

With daylight savings now providing a few extra hours of sunlight after work, more and more anglers are taking advantage of a cracking opening to the trout season.

A few mates of mine who love their saltwater fishing have recently discovered the joys of stream trout fishing after work during the week. Needing only a short drive to their favourite fishing spots and a couple of hours fishing time, they’re able to walk along a peaceful stream chasing trout and be home for tea and not have to wash down any gear. As one mate, Brett Van Deelen said, “It’s so easy for the midweek fishing fix”.

Dayle Brown has been converted to freshwater fishing last month when he caught a whopping 1.5kg plus stream brown trout on the Tarago River around Drouin West on cooked chicken fished off the bottom in a large deep pool. This was his first ever trout and certainly a fish that would impress any angler. I’ve never heard of cooked chicken used for stream trout but sometimes it just proves to think outside the square.

The Tarago River downstream of the reservoir is fishing best at the start of the season. The Tarago Reservoir is letting out plenty of water that is keeping the river downstream flowing really well compared to poor flows in previous years. This has provided a great spawning season for trout and some big fish are swimming right throughout the river from Morrisons Road in Labertouche right up to Jindivick Road at Neerim South.

The Latrobe River is also fishing well with an abundance of small trout 300-500g being caught and released. A popular technique for these smaller fish is a beaded nymph flicked out in the stream flow in the later afternoon. Garden worms on a small size 6 hook cast into the stream flow and allowed to drift downstream also produces plenty of fish and is a great technique for the kids.

The Toorongo River was fishing a bit slow last month but as the flows slow down heading into summer the fishing will really heat up. This river is a fly anglers’ paradise only an hour from Melbourne and hosts plenty of terrific stretches of river with little overhanging vegetation perfect for overhead casting and flicking the fly.

Anglers should expect an abundance of insect hatchings over the coming months. Pay close attention to a changing barometer that can often indicate an emergence of insects that will make for some intense stream fishing. Other rivers worth fishing in the coming months as the flows slow down are the Bunyip, Lang Lang and Tanjil rivers.

Feel free to send me a report or photo particularly if you have any success stories from the opening of the trout season. Please email me any questions too. Happy fishing!

Dayle Brown caught this monster 1.5kg+ brown trout in the Tarago River at Picnic Point. It must have been a lot of fun going by the bird’s nest on the reel.

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