Hot winter action continues
  |  First Published: July 2012

The angling opportunities seem to be endless with excellent catches.

Lake Wendouree is on fire with anglers catching rainbow and brown trout up to 1.5kg. There has been some well-conditioned brown trout taken flyfishing while other good specimens have been caught trolling hardbodied lures around the islands.

I have taken my boys to the lake and we have been catching trout on Powerbait in various colours. The lake just seems to be alive and well again after the drought.

Lake Burrumbeet

Last year’s release of trout have started to turn up in numbers since the water temperatures have dropped to a much more comfortable level and they are now feeding around the shorelines. Steve Taylor has been catching some lovely rainbows around the 2.5kg mark on salted whitebait, glassies and also bluebait. Steve seems to think the trout are attracted to the smell of these baits. Des York has also been catching some quality rainbows fishing with Powerbait on a running sinker rig.

Hepburn Lagoon

Hepburn Lagoon is still firing with excellent reports coming in from both bait and fly fishers. Shane Jeffries has caught some lovely brown trout on evening up to 1.5kg flyfishing with mudeye patterns. The bait anglers have been catching rainbows on Powerbait. The winter fishing will be excellent with trout turning to smelt.

Newlyn Reservoir

Newlyn Reservoir has not seen the angling pressure that its neighbouring water Hepburn has been receiving. It has been well stocked with trout and never actually dried up in the drought and has an excellent population of both rainbow and brown trout that usually target the smelt in the lake.

I expect some sensational winter fishing on the coming months.

Tullaroop Reservoir

Tullaroop Reservoir is an excellent fishery. This waterway suffered like all others in the drought but never dried up and now with continued stocking of trout over the last couple so seasons and high water levels the trout have been putting on weight.

Philip Weigall has been having a ball catching mainly brown trout ranging in size from 500g-1.5kg while flyfishing around the lake margins whilst trout are smelting and also midging in the early morning and evening.

Lake Bolac

The action has quietened down a bit with the angler numbers dropping off as well.

The lake water level has dropped to an average depth of 1.3m and the water is discoloured greeny colour, unlike last year the water was very clear; this maybe a result of algal blooms that appeared over the summer months. We trolled the lures around managing to catch two small rainbow trout on a black and orange hardbodied lures and also dropped one of the monsters on a pink Tassie Devil.

I have heard reports of rainbow trout being caught over 5kg, and I certainly be heading back in the coming months to catch the big one.

Lake Learmonth

I mentioned last month the angler activity is starting to increase with the word out that the rainbow trout that were released into the lake late last year are starting to be caught. These are all around 500g. Bait fishing is the best method of catching these fish, with Powerbait, worms and salted baits have proven to be the best baits.

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