Lake Wendouree finally shines through
  |  First Published: December 2012

Lake Wendouree fishing action is back, and the numbers of anglers on the water is testament to that.

Flyfishing, trolling, bait and lure casting have been catching both rainbow and brown trout and the good old tasty redfin: it’s a fishing bonanza.

Former V&TFM editor Marc Ainsworth has been fishing the lake with excellent results. Fishing with Richard Ragala the guys managed for 10 trout up to 1.2kg and five redfin between 450-550g casting lures from a drifting boat as well as fishing mudeyes suspended under a bubble float.

I believe we are just about to see the old lake Wendouree back to its former glory which brings a smile to a lot of anglers faces especially the fly fishers as there has been quite a few mayfly starting to hatch. The water is clearing up the dredges are long gone and the aquatic life can now finally stabilise itself and get back to what we all know and expect from this magnificent water.

Deep Lake

Deep Lake at Derrinallum has been producing some excellent brown and rainbow trout. Kane Howlett has been trolling the lake using black and gold Tassie Devils and has caught some absolutely cracking brown trout up to 2.5kg. Deep lake is not a place that you go and clean up catching heaps of fish, it’s quality not quantity. I recently fished there, landing only one small brown trout trolling a pink Tassie Devil. Another angler I spoke to had caught some magnificent rainbow trout to 3kg on mudeyes fished from the shore suspended under a bubble float. Patience is required, but you will be rewarded.

Lake Tooliorook

Lake Tooliorook, a close neighbour to Deep lake is still producing some magnificent fish. Angler numbers have slowed down considerable mainly due to the redfin slowing down. Anglers in the know like local Clive Bustard have still been able to mange bags full of redfin either drifting across the lake with live local minnows suspended under the boat or casting Ice jigs or soft plastics. The redfin seen to have a very healthy appetite for both and if you get onto a school of these fish you should anchor up on them and you will certainly get a bag full.

Trout in the lake have slowed a little but they can still be caught fishing Powerbait, mudeyes from the shore or trolling or casting lures or flies from a boat. I spent a day down at Tooliorook recently and my son Will caught a magnificent 1.2kg rainbow trout on a hardbodied lure and myself a 32kg brown on an ever reliable pink Tassie Devil lure.

Tullaroop Reservoir

Tullaroop is a land-based fishery and has been well stocked with both rainbow and brown trout from the fisheries department over the last few years as well as a resident population of redfin.

The fly fisher and mudeye angler have been targeting the shallower bays on the western side of the reservoir and with the water level being full trout are cruising around the shallow margins collecting grubs, worms, mudeyes.

Hepburn Lagoon

In Hepburn Lagoon and Newlyn Reservoir the mayfly are on the job. The fly fishers are looking at the weather every day waiting for that overcast day just the perfect conditions to get out there and chase these mayfly feeders, firstly casting nymphs at the start of the hatch moving onto emerges and then finally dries to try and tempt them.

Both waters have a healthy population of rainbow and brown trout. Hepburn should see in the coming months some very large trout being caught as they come in closer to the shore chasing mayfly. Both waters are not just for the fly fisher, as bait anglers have been catching some lovely trout.

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