Cracking Season
  |  First Published: December 2011

We all said this rain was going to make the best trout season in memory and I tell you what we weren’t far off!

It’s amazing what more water does, it creates life and it also creates the best trout fishing ever.

Some might whinge, including myself that our backyards are like a swamp but where trout is concerned, the fishing is nothing short of awesome in our small local streams such as Traralgon Creek and Morwell River. There is good constant flow of water and the fish are getting quite fat and tough. There are some better fish starting to get caught such as 40cm+ brown trout and even some trout pushing close to 50cm. For our little streams, that is amazing.

On the other side of the hills, the Macalister River is still fishing well. The Heyfield and District Angling Club held their annual Licola fishing competition last month. There was a great turn out and well over 300 trout were caught. A lot of them were brown trout measuring around 25cm with plenty of 35cm trout caught as well. There were also lots of rainbows caught and a few were better than average indicating not all are going missing after a year.

The tributaries of the Macalister seemed to produce the biggest trout for the comp but the bulk of the quantity still came from the Macalister. There were heaps of anglers fishing with worms, but also plenty of anglers used lures such as Celtas, Tassie Devils and hardbodied lures. How good is that, this was a river that was dead only 2 years ago and now it’s starting to return to its former glory?

The Thompson River is another river that has been fishing well. The trout seem to be bigger than ever with an average size of 35cm up to 45cm. It has had a great flow this year. It can handle bigger lures such as Tassie Devils and bigger spinners and is also a great flyfishing river for wet flies.

For more information, contact Will at Allwaysa Angling in Traralgon on 51748544. You will expert advice and great deals on fishing bait and tackle.

Tim Hoppin caught this beautiful big brown trout out of one of our tiny streams on a Rapala lure. It measured almost 50cm long.

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