Trout season is just getting better and better
  |  First Published: November 2012

As expected the trout season kicked off with a bang with many of the areas creeks and rivers becoming lined with anglers from all over the region.

From that Monday onwards it has just been a procession of great fishing reports flooding in from all over the place. The upper reaches of the Ovens River have been producing a lot of trout with both rainbow and brown trout being caught. Super Vibrax bladed spinners in copper colour and green and gold Celtas have been doing the most damage.

Anglers drifting scrub worms have not been missing out either with plenty of trout being caught on them.

During November, when the last of the high country snow melts away the Ovens River should start to settle down nicely and become a much easier waterway to navigate. At this time, the above-mentioned techniques will still work well, so too will small minnow type lures and soft plastics. With the increasing insect activity arriving with the warmer weather, the keen fly fisher will also do well in November.

The Buckland River has also been producing a lot of trout with similar tactics to that of the Ovens River being employed. Once again a gold coloured Celta has been delivering the goods up there. The Buckland River should also fish well into November as the trout start shifting their staple diets from worms to insects.

Across in the King Valley it has been a slightly different story, with not nearly as many trout being caught. Most anglers fishing the King River have been picking up a few trout however the average size has been much bigger than that of the Ovens and Buckland Rivers. I heard of one trout nudging 60cm being taken not far downstream of Lake William Hovell on a lightly weighted scrub worm being drifted into a shallow backwater of the swollen river.

By November the King River should have settled nicely and the scrub worms may not be as useful as they are early in the season. Small minnow type lures and soft plastics should work very well in the King River in November, so too will most bladed spinners.

The lower reaches of some of the smaller creeks that fished so well for redfin last season have already started producing a few fish, and by November they should really be in full swing as the water really starts warming up.

Lake William Hovell should also be in great shape by November with the water temperature rising enough to switch a few redfin on, yet still being cool enough to produce a few trout, particularly early in the month.

Dual depth Tassie Devil lures fished on the deep diving setting early in the morning and late in the evening should produce the best results for trout and for those targeting the redfin. Try fishing a soft plastic in around 6-7m of water by just bobbing it gently across the bottom of the lake. Keep your boat drifting if it is not too windy, and if you find a school of redfin drop your anchor and try and keep the school under the boat.

Remember cod are still off limits during November, and I encourage everyone to try and avoid catching them when they are at their most vulnerable. Catching spawning cod in the spring months can cause the cod to completely abandon their spawning mission and return to their usual haunt prematurely.

So even though you are releasing that one fish, you may be preventing the natural recruitment of several hundred fish!

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