Rain keeps trout biting
  |  First Published: December 2011

It’s still raining, but it means the trout are still biting.

It has continued to rain quite heavily and frequently over the past month. We are getting consistent downpours every week, so our local streams are flowing hard and quite dirty most of the times.

It means the bait anglers are doing quite well, and a popular technique to fish in these conditions has to be spinning with worms. By this I mean, use a jig head loaded with a bunch of worms and do a slow retrieve. This seems to be very successful in the dirtier water.

The fish are feeding heavily, so they are very healthy and there are plenty of specimens to 35cm. Our local streams such as Traralgon Creek and Morwell are also fishing well with soft plastics and spinners such as Celtas and Vibraxs. Flyfishing has been a little more difficult because of the conditions, but they fish are taking dry flies on the hot nights.

The only problem is that over the past month we only seem to have one hot night a week. Hopefully this will change shortly.

The bigger rivers such as the Macalister River are fishing beautifully. The high rainfalls are perfect for this area, as the flows are maintained and this river has produced the best spin fishing out of all.

Tassie Devils, Celtas and Rooster tails are all fishing very well, however don’t underestimate a bunch of worms, especially if this rain keeps up.

Most of the fish are between 25-30cm; however there are some bigger ones in the tributaries of the Macalister.

There are plenty of brown trout around which shows how this river has come back recently. Rainbow trout are still getting caught plenty enough as well.

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

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