Bellfield the pick for May
  |  First Published: May 2008

This is a great time of the year to be fishing our local Wimmera waters, with the native fish and introduced trout and redfin all still very active.

Around these parts, the trout and redfin remain very active through winter. Native fish such as catfish, golden perch and Murray cod, on the other hand, will feed up heavily over the next few weeks and then slow right down in winter.

Wimmera River

The fishing is good in the river despite the low water levels. Areas from Gross Bridge to Dimboola have produced the better fishing, with golden perch, redfin and catfish providing most of the action. I also know of a 60 cm cod being caught on a lure.

Best results have been produced by baits of yabbies, worms and peeled yabby tail.

Some very good catfish have been caught too, particularly when fishing after dark during a full moon. Some have been up to 1.5kg.

Taylors Lake

The water levels are still very low in Taylors Lake but the fishing has been good, particularly for the redfin. I had a successful outing to Taylors, during which I landed eight redfin of 800g while fishing from the west shoreline, using baits of small yabbies and gudgeon.

Other anglers have also been reporting good catches of redfin, with a few golden perch to 2.5kg being taken too. Most are being taken on yabbies, but a few anglers have been doing well casting spinnerbaits around the timber.

A large Murray cod estimated at 22kg was caught in Taylors last month by a Horsham angler fishing worms on light gear for golden perch and redfin. After a few quick photos the mighty fish was released to live among the snags again.

Lake Bellfield

The fishing has been very good in Lake Bellfield for the last few months and things don’t look like slowing down anytime soon. Anglers have been doing well from the shore and from small boats with electric motors.Small redfin of 200-500g are being caught and their sheer numbers makes up for any lack of size. Baits such as gudgeon and worms have been working well, as have small lures such as Rapalas, Stiffys and Tassie Devils.

The rainbow trout are also fishing very well. I think Bellfield is the best trout water in the region. It is our only lake that has been stocked properly in recent years so the good trout fishing here makes sense. I have caught some rainbows to 1.3kg trolling lures, with the Buschys Stiffy being the gun lure. Fishing gudgeon under bubble floats from the shore also works well.

Local angler, Wally Sudholz, has been doing well here while trolling from his electric powered tinny. He trolls small Rapalas with a streamer wet fly tied on a dropper just up from the lure and has been catching rainbows to 1.5kg. He also caught a beautiful big 2.2kg brown trout that was released after a few quick photos.

This lake is definitely my pick of our waters for this month.

Lake Wartook

This is a good time of year to be fishing Lake Wartook, too. The fishing has been improving here over the last few weeks. Mostly, rainbow trout to 1kg have been taken along with the occasional brown to 1.8kg. Baitfishing has been best with mudeyes, Powerbait and peeled yabby tail doing well, particularly at the wall and near the boat ramp.

Flyfishing in the mornings and evenings has been productive at times. Fishing the windlanes is a good option, as is targeting the trout crashing into the schools of minnow. Productive flies at the moment include Mrs Simpson, Woolly Worm, Bloody Mary and Bushys Horror.

If specifically fishing for redfin, drifting with gudgeon would be well worth a go, as would be trolling small lures. The gold StumpJumper is very good here at times on the redfin, particularly in May.

The lake is still very low and the boat ramp now doesn’t reach the water. Small boats can still be launched, but be very careful on the water for many stumps are barely visible.

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