Baitfish schools warm things up
  |  First Published: October 2012

Lake Tooliorook has been fishing quite steady for redfin, with fish averaging 800g and falling to local minnow presented either lightly weighted on the bottom or suspended under a bubble float.

This method is also picking up some solid rainbow trout around the 1.5kg mark, with the most popular spot being right along the north shore.

Lakes Bullen Merri and Purrumbete have been fishing ok for brown trout up to 3kg with many fish falling to mud eye fished under a bubble float around the lake’s perimeters. Flat line trolling a wide variety of lures especially at first light has also accounted for many fish. Fishing depths of 4-12m adjacent to weed beds has been the prime places to troll a lure.

Young gun local angler, Travis Beal has been spending a fair amount of time (when school allows) attacking the trout at Bullen Merri. In recent times Travis has launched his kayak on the lake in search of trout trolling and casting lures such as winged minnows and Rapala X wraps) in perch colour. When the barometer is up, Trav has landed many trout, mostly browns to over a kilogram, which were released. When resting his casting arm, Travis has hooked up to some solid rainbows by fishing earthworm on the bottom around the lake’s many shallow bays.

Slowly but surely more boaters are tackling Lake Elingamite near Cobden. Ballarat fly angler, Shane Stevens has been tackling the lake’s weedy fringes and coming up trumps. Shane recently landed a 1.3kg rainbow on an orange Woolly Bugger that fought like the clappers! He insists he will be back for more trout action on Elingamite when work allows.

I’ve also ventured to Elingamite and trolled Loftys Cobras in pink-white out deeper (four metres plus) to land some good redfin around 40cm mark. the redfin have started schooling once again but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the fish are on the chew. An hour or two of hard fishing can easily pass before a fish can be caught. Deep diving Rapala glass minnows in orange and green redfin patterns have worked for me.

Lake Bolac is another popular hot spot for rainbow trout with two distinct sizes being caught at present; plump fish up to a kilogram and others over 2kg in recent times.

Fish have been taking galaxy, which is the local whitebait present in the lake in large schools. A dip net is all you need to gather up some bait. Pinning a small size 8 hook through the top lip and allowing the minnow to swim either unweighted along the bottom or suspended under a float has been the way to go.

Best spots to try are 300m either side of the boat shed or in and around the floating pontoon. Fish are falling to the fly as well as lures either trolled or cast from boats.

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