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  |  First Published: May 2008

We are nearly half way through the year already and starting to think about the trout season closing. It’s not too late though: the cold weather recently has brought the trout onto the bite.

The Yarra has been productive for anglers targeting the trout that have been dormant for months during the hotter weather. Nick tried fishing several spots over Easter with no results. Several weeks later after some good rain, his luck turned. He fished around Woori Yallock taking a 20cm trout on a silver Vibrax spinnerbait, and a 30cm trout on a red and brown propeller lure. The river was clear and running nicely.

Ray has tried his luck around Warrandyte targeting Murray cod. With no success over two outings, he changed to a Celta and landed a great trout.

Trout activity should increase in May as they prepare for spawning. Should you land a female that is full of roe (eggs) it would be good to release her back into the water alive. Remember the trout season closes in June, so make the most of fishing in May.

Cod fishing has been very good. The best spots are from Warrandyte through to Templestowe. Scrubworms on a size 2 Baitholder hook or bardi grubs on a size 3/0 Baitholder are your best baits. Both Macquarie perch and cod will slow down in May and we’ll have to wait until October/November for them to fire up.

Rowville and Lilydale lakes have been fishing well for trout, redfin and carp. The trout have been taken mainly on maggots and corn, with baits being fished high in the water column under a waggler float. Berleying will also improve the chances of more fish. Baits fished on the bottom with in-line feeders have produced some larger carp and redfin when fished close to the reed beds.

Dandenong Creek fished well for carp for the Compleat Angler Dandenong and City of Greater Dandenong’s recent Carp Fishing Day. This was supported by over 60 children, some fishing for the first time. It was a great opportunity to introduce many junior anglers to fishing, with our team members busy re-hooking and baiting many lines over the morning. Well done to the guys at Dandenong.

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For up to date Yarra Valley fishing information contact the boys at Compleat Angler in Ringwood on 03 9870 7792, or better still drop in at 92 Maroondah Highway – we’re open 7 days a week with plenty of top quality fresh bait and a great selection of freshwater gear.

Nick with a good trout from the Yarra River near Woori Yallock.

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