Many lakes in the alpine region continue to be inaccessible as winter conditions prevail. Thankfully the rivers will reopen to trout fishing in just a few more weeks, to the relief of many.
Rocky Valley and Pretty Valley reservoirs are heavily snowbound and inaccessible for fishing until the September thaw.
Lake Guy at Bogong Alpine Village is low and not fishing well this month.
Lake Catani at Mt Buffalo is full and brown trout to around 400g are evident, but few are being caught – which is not surprising as not much fishing is occurring up there at the moment.
I think that many anglers must be getting soft and allowing a bit of snow and ice to keep them away from this first rate fishing hole. A group of us more intrepid types visited Lake Catani recently with modest success, although many trout could be seen feeding during brief lulls in the wind as they swirled just beneath the surface.
The Mt Beauty Pondage is fishing well at the moment, with rainbow trout to around 750g being taken on drifted worms and small spinning lures. The best locations during the day are along the northern bank towards the ambulance station. The Pondage is usually restocked with yearling rainbow trout each November, but an additional release just before the season closed is providing most of the action at the moment.
Dartmouth Dam continues to rise steadily following good rains in the catchment area. Fishing has been excellent in recent weeks, although average fish sizes are down a bit on previous winters. A group of 20 anglers fished the lake for two days recently for a total of 70 trout, the best being a brown trout weighing 1.08kg and a rainbow trout that went 930g.
Many fish were taken from ‘on top’ with worms, while others fell for pink or mauve Tassie Devils attached to cowbells. Lake Banimboola (the Pondage) is proving a bit challenging to fish at the moment but will improve before September.
Alpine fishing conditions can change very quickly whatever the season, so for the latest update phone Geoff Lacey at Angling Expeditions Victoria on (03) 5754 1466 or check out website www.anglingvic.com.au
Spring is just around the corner, when flyfishers will be able recommence angling in Pretty Valley Creek and other alpine streams.Reads: 4430