Local waters starting to heat up
  |  First Published: November 2012

November is normally a good month to fish the lakes around the south east of the city.

Water temperatures have crept up a now and the prolific redfin are starting to come out of their winter sulk. Most of the family lakes are relatively shallow which in turn allows the water to warm, bringing lots of aquatic insect life activity which also brings the fish on to feed.

Karkarook Park

This Moorabbin water is a good place to try for both trout and redfin. The lake has a good population of redfin that are easily caught on small hardbodied and soft plastic lures. Some of my favourites for this lake are the Berkley nymphs and Squidgy Critters – these are both a fantastic mudeye imitation.

With Karkarook Park being a deeper lake, this allows the trout to be quite active around the lakes edges as well as the deeper, colder water. Trout are happy to take baits like worms, Powerbait and yabbies.

Similar lures used to target redfin will catch trout, along with small hardbodied lures. A very popular colour is the Rapala Spotted Dog. This is a limited edition lure and has proven time and time again that its one on the best.

Rowville and Lilydale lakes

These waters are fishing well due to lots of insect life flourishing around the lakes’ edges. Most of the grass and reeds have lots of semi-aquatic insects that provide food for both trout redfin and carp. Being daylight savings there is also ample time to head down and have a fish after work. Maggot baits fished in conjunction with a feeder style rig will provide plenty of action over the warmer months.

The Yarra River

The river around Upper Warburton appears to be the most popular area at present with trout and redfin more active with the slightly warmer water. The better lures to use at the moment are the shallow running hardbodied lures such as Rapala Flat Raps and Maria jerk baits. Both these styles are producing fish in natural colours, especially when fished around in the current and overhanging edges.

The Warrandyte area has been good so far, with the more persistent anglers being rewarded with catches of medium size trout, mostly on scrubworms. Powerbait Nuggets and Salmon Eggs are worth trying as they also add colour and scent in the water which will attract those fish in the area. My suggestion until then is to target the higher sections above Warburton, although the fish may be smaller than in the rivers around Eildon, you will be rewarded with frequent strikes from both trout and redfin providing plenty of action.

Remember that Murray cod opening season is just around the corner, so keep your eyes open for large pools to come back and try for cod in early December.

Sugar Loaf Reservoir

Sugar Loaf continues to provide action on the redfin. Some Dandenong customers have been hitting the dam most weekends throughout October with success coming from the afternoon sessions using smaller lures and plastics.

When targeting golden perch I would be using the Bassman Spinnerbaits in 1/4oz size or a small 3/8oz Mumbler in a yabby pattern, these lures are deadly on yellas and you are sure to get some hot action.

Small trout like this can be great fun on light tackle.

If you have had some success in these areas lately send me a photo and go into the draw for your chance to win you a $100.00 Tackle Voucher.

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For up to date fishing information, contact the boys at Compleat Angler in Dandenong on 9794 9397 or drop in and see us at 241 – 243 Princes Hwy, Dandenong, we are open 7 days a week.

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