Mighty Mitta bursting with life
  |  First Published: April 2008

Summer has finished and we are now into autumn fishing in the Victorian High Country. The end of summer saw quite mild daytime temperatures and some good rain in our area. It also saw big numbers of grasshoppers.

These conditions have continued into early autumn. As a result, rivers and streams are all running well and some really great fish have been caught.


Fishing has been excellent in the Mitta Mitta River with good flows of water and plenty of grasshoppers around during the day and caddis making a welcome appearance during the evening. There is also the odd mayfly fluttering around.

Lakes Entrance fly fisherman, Robin Widdowson, recently fished this river near Glen Wills and had a great day. He caught a lovely brown trout of 3.6lb on a hopper pattern as well as 19 other trout up to 2lb. Hubert Reichelt was also fishing this area and he caught four browns of 200/500g. Fishing here should continue to be good over the autumn period.


I have received a report of a brown trout of 3.6kg being caught in this great little river. I understand that the fish was weighed and witnessed in Omeo recently. This would have to be one of the best fish to have come out of this river in a long time. I fished the river shortly after this capture and only caught a small brown of about 16cm. Obviously the news of the capture of the big brown has gotten around as it was like Burke Street with anglers everywhere. I only saw a couple of small fish caught by other anglers although the river is flowing great and there were plenty of hoppers around. Perhaps when the angling pressure eases the fishing will improve.


This river is also flowing well and has plenty of hoppers around. The fishing is average but not fantastic. There are reasonable numbers of medium-sized fish being caught. The spin and bait fishers are doing reasonably well and fish are coming up to a well-presented dry fly.


It is a bit of a mixed bag at the Gibbo. The river is flowing quite well but it has been quite warm recently. Consequently, fishing has been quite good early morning and during the evening when the sun is off the water but during the day fishing has been quite hard. However, following a few cooler days and the odd shower of rain, fishing has improved quite a bit during the day until the water warms up again. John Murray loves this river and has been quite successful recently. The fish are mainly rainbows and not large but he has caught some pretty good numbers by fishing to the conditions.


This great little creek just keeps producing trout. Fishing below the township of Omeo is not always great as the creek is badly silted and eroded in places, however upstream of Omeo it is still in good condition and yields many trout during the season. Young Bailey Smith got very excited recently when he caught his first trout. Bailey was fishing with worms in the swimming hole in the middle of Omeo when he caught a brown trout. This is a great fish in this small water way. He excitedly ran up the hill to Twinkles Café to show off his hard earned catch. Well done Bailey!


There is some reasonable fishing during the evening, with mainly only small browns being caught. The situation should improve over the next few weeks. The Dargo River is currently no good and it is advised that you try elsewhere, as with Tambo River – unless you fancy some carp.

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