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With summer heat here, fish early, late and deep
  |  First Published: December 2012



With summer in full swing, anglers need to pick the cooler parts of the day for the best chance of landing a fish.

Summer also reminds us that Murray cod season is open again, for those of you who fish the Yarra for trout, spread your wings and start targeting Murray cod, you won’t be disappointed. These are an amazing sport fish on lures and it’s not uncommon for them to grow as big as 15kg in a river such as the Yarra.

Where trout prefer to feed in the cooler times of the summer days, you can target the cod during the day which gives you a broader spectrum of fishing.

Yarra River

With the water temperature now up a little from a month ago, the trout have been a little harder to catch higher up the river around, Warburton with better results coming from around Chirnside Park and Warrandyte. For the fly fisher, best flies are dry patterns such as Elk Hair Caddis, Red Tags and Royal Humpy.

Lilydale Lake

Lilydale Lake has been spasmodic, firing on the overcast days and slowing down on the hotter days. Target the trout here early morning and late evening for the best results. During the day ensure you fish the deeper water or shaded areas if possible. Remember to berley, as this can be the key to you taking a nice fish home for dinner.

Coarse angling for roach and carp has also proven successful here with maggots on a small Owner mosquito hook. Remember to always berley up for these species.

Karkarook Lake

Karkarook Lake has been the better of the local lakes lately. For the best results use the Karkarook Trout Pellet in conjunction with a special band that holds it onto the hook. Fish love these pellets and the best thing is there is no mess and its simple to use. The other bait that’s taking fish is the Sherbet colour Powerbait on a small lightweight treble hook.

Sugarloaf Reservoir

Sugarloaf Reservoir has started to produce some nice catches of yellowbelly for a couple of our regular customers. They have been targeting the yellas here with Bassman spinnerbaits and 3/8oz Mumblers.

There is also good action here on redfin. Scott has been hitting the dam most weekends throughout November with most success coming from the afternoon sessions using Squidgy soft plastics.

Roger Miles Seminar

Cod Hunter Roger Miles will be presenting a cod information night on Thursday 8th Nov at the Dandenong store, come along and meet Roger from 6pm, contact the store on 9794 9397. Bookings essential.

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. For our other latest fishing reports and to download information sheets, go to www fishingcamping.com.au or like us on Facebook

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