Autumn delivers prime opportunities
  |  First Published: April 2013

As the days grow shorter and the heat rapidly disappears from the afternoon air, most anglers will start turning their attention towards the trout fishing in and around Melbourne.

While other species such as Murray cod, yellowbelly and redfin can all still be caught, April is a good time to tangle with a few trout in the local lakes and rivers.

The Yarra

This month Melbourne’s largest local river is worth a shot for all manner of species; it’s probably the last month that water temperatures will stay mild enough for Murray cod to be actively feeding, and with the temperature starting to drop the local trout activity will increase.

If targeting cod in the Yarra, just remember to give each location you fish plenty of time in order to thoroughly work out where the fish could be sitting. Concentrate your efforts around pools and pockets with sections of rock and fallen timber nearby. The rock in the water heats up and will keep the surrounding water slightly warmer, which will make the inhabiting fish active for slightly longer periods.

For the trout angler hitting the Yarra, good spots to try are normally from around Yarra Glen upstream, with the cool, flowing pools and runs of the Warrandyte region being very popular to spin and bait fish. If you are wondering what sort of lure to throw at the trout at this time of year, ‘spotted dog’ or trout spawn patterns in both hardbodied and bladed lures can be very productive as the fish start to feed up before moving to spawn.

Sugarloaf Reservoir

While the local yellowbelly will be active as the water temperature first starts to drop, they can be harder to entice. The redfin in the reservoir will keep anglers busy right throughout autumn and into winter, where they are caught by anglers walking the margin of the reservoir.

Small lures such as 50mm River2Sea Phantom vibes work a treat, along with soft plastics such as Zman single tail grubs. Just remember the use of bait and/or berley is prohibited in the reservoir so lure fishing is the way to go.

Devil Bend Reservoir

This newly opened water is still fishing well, the weed can be a challenge which lies about 5m from the edge of the bank. You need to cast your lures over the weed and work them hard to the weed edge then rip your lures over the top of the weed. Fish have also been caught between the bank and the weed. With persistence you will be rewarded with good size trout.

Karkarook Park Lake

Karkarook fishes well throughout the month of April. Being a deep lake, the cooler water keeps the trout happy even during warm conditions, and normally by April the water has cooled and brought the trout into life. Fishing near the overflow canal is effective as the fish move in and out of the canal. One of the most effective rigs to use on these trout is a running sinker rig with dough or Powerbait style bait.

A small sinker on the main line runs down to a black rolling swivel, with around a metre of light fluorocarbon leader from the other side of the swivel, down to an ultra-light treble in around size 16. The Powerbait can be moulded onto the treble without the fear of being cast off or plucked off by hungry trout.

For up to date fishing information, contact the guys 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

Trout like this love small lures. Photo courtesy Dylan Brennan

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