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Eildon Pondage
  |  First Published: May 2013



The outlet water source from its bigger brother Lake Eildon lays the beautiful Eildon Pondage.

It is divided up into the upper and the lower pondage before spilling over the spillway and into the Goulbourn River. What makes this waterway so popular is the abundant brown and rainbow trout that are stocked into it yearly with many of them well over 1kg, with the chance of catching a trophy 10lb fish.

PRIME TIME

Eildon Pondage is a fishery that can be fished all year round. During the trout closed season this is a popular spot for anglers to get their trout fix. The winter months and cold water really fire up the trout; just remember to pack the cold weather gear and rug up.

THE GEAR

A 6-weight fly rod is best suited for this waterway if flyfishing tickles your fancy. Spin anglers like a lightweight graphite outfit matched with a 2000 sized reel with 6lb braid. Long float rods with a soft taper are a must for float fishing with mudeye and maggots.

THE RIG

Fishing mudeye under a bubble float is the most popular way to target large wary trout. Have your bait set to about 2m under the surface; any cruising trout will find it very hard to swim past a well-presented mudeye. A light running sinker rig fished on the bottom is another effective way. Because Powerbait floats run a short leader so your bait will sit suspended off the bottom.

BAIT AND LURES

As mentioned above, mudeye and Powerbait are a go to bait. Lure anglers find success casting Tassie Devils and Wonder Croc-style lures and burning them back. Both wet and dry flies work and are very effective; it's just a matter of matching the hatch. Small emerger nymphs are a good place to start when there is a hatch and the fish can be seen sipping insects off the surface.

BEST METHOD

All methods work well in the Pondage. It is a place where bait, lure and fly can each out fish the other on any given day. Fishing baits and lures along Bourke Street is one of the most popular spots on the water.

MOTHER NATURE

When wading always be careful on where you step. There are a lot of soft and deep mud pits and small drop-offs. Also because the water is released from the bottom of the Weir it is very, very cold meaning you wouldn't have to be in the water long for your body to shut down.

HOT TIP

A good quality pair of polarized sunglasses when walking the bank can be the difference especially when lure and fly fishing. Wading carefully in the shallows keeping and eye on the water looking for movement or feeding fish can be the best and most exciting way to fish this wonderful waterway.

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