Summer fishing and yabby action in the Wimmera
  |  First Published: December 2012

There is plenty of fishing action to be had here this time of year, with great fishing and good water levels at the majority of our waters.

Good yabbying is still on offer at many swamps and lakes in the area but the most popular yabby waters have been Clear lake, Green Lake, Rocklands and Lonsdale.

Lake Toolondo

The fishing continues to be excellent here but as we head further into summer it may get a bit quieter during the hotter days. The mornings, evenings and after dark should produce the best trout fishing. Good rainbow trout to 1.5kg and browns to 1.2kg have been pretty easily caught here lately on all methods, although they do seem to have slowed down on the lures a little perhaps they have seen too many lures over the last few months.

Bait fishing with mudeye under bubble floats and Powerbait on running sinker rigs is working well right across the lake. I prefer to fish along the west bank due to its ease of access and deeper water. The flyfishing continues to be great especially now that the bug mudeyes are well and truly out and about. Good flies for me lately have been Woolly Bugger, Mrs Simpson and Hammils killers. The best flyfishing seems to be in the evenings, but after dark has been even better particularly along the west or north bank using Mrs Simpsons very slowly.

Taylors Lake

The warmer weather has fired the fish up a bit here but unfortunately carp have been making up the bulk of the catch. Most anglers have been bait fishing here with worms, yabbies and gudgeon as the water seems a bit too dirty for lures at the moment. I’d suggest just using yabbies so you don’t get so many carp, unless you like catching carp by the tub full. A few nice redfin a bit over a pound are being caught along with the occasional good yellowbelly to 1.5kg. The timbered area to the left of the boat ramp has been fishing well from the shore and for boat anglers.

Wimmera River

The fishing is at its best in the river at this time of year and some good catches are being taken mostly on bait such as worms, yabbies and peeled yabby tail. A lot of carp have been about this year unfortunately and they have been pretty widespread right throughout the system. Amongst all the carp there has been a few good yellowbelly and silver perch to 2kg along with a few catfish and redfin.

Good areas for the yellowbelly and catfish have been at Riverside, Horsham Weir and around Dimboola but the big news has been the redfin fishing at Jeparit. At the time of writing there has been some big catches of redfin averaging a bit over a kilo biting like crazy just below the Jeparit Weir. They are being caught on baits such as worms and gudgeon and various lures but Purple Squidgies are apparently the number one redfin taker here at present.

Lake Fyans

This very popular lake has been fishing very well for trout and redfin with all methods working well here at present. For the lure anglers, trolling with Tassie Devils is the way to go for the trout and small Rapala minnows are the go for the redfin. Bait fishing with mudeye under bubble floats has been working well on the trout from the shore and from boats and they are averaging around 1kg with the odd bigger brown to 2.5kg also about. Bait fishing with yabbies, worms and gudgeon in the timber and on the drift is working very well on the reddies which have been up to 1.8kg.

The flyfishing is very good here this time of year and the inlet area has been very popular, particularly in the evenings. Good flies have been the Mrs Simpson, Craigs Nighttime and Tom Jones.

Lake Wartook

The fishing has been a bit on and off here but a few nice trout to 1.5kg are being taken on mudeye fished under bubble floats and also on trolled Tassie Devil lures. There has been heaps of small redfin about to 400g and they are mostly taking soft plastics and trolled lures. Amongst all the tiddlers though some very nice reddies to 1.3kg have been getting caught so it’s well worth a go around any area with a bit of structure, particularly the rocky areas.

Lake Lonsdale

The yabbying has been pretty good here, particularly after dark and despite the low water levels small boats can still be launched at the main boat ramp at the north end. The fishing has been very on and off and a bit difficult with a lot of weed now growing across a lot of the lake.

Despite this, some very solid redfin to 1.6 kg are getting caught on trolled minnow lures and cast soft plastics but you do have to work for them and a lot of anglers are missing out. The occasional trout has also been caught here over the last month or so as well.

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