We have seen some fantastic fishing along the Kiewa River with many anglers reporting good catches of both brown and rainbow trout as the water cooled down quite quickly.
A couple of early season snowfalls in the high country assisted with this quick cooling.
By June the Kiewa River will be hit and miss, with some anglers striking great fishing and other anglers missing out all together. This is typical of late season trout fishing in any creek or river, not just the Kiewa River. Most of the big breeding trout will be hanging out in places where you would not usually find them, mainly in shallow runs at the back of the long pools where the water gathers speed as they look for ideal areas to spawn.
Quite often these trout will follow your lure to your feet and not strike it once. Sometimes they will continually follow the lure cast after cast and never once strike it. Occasionally one of the trout will get frustrated enough to hit the lure! The trick can often be to frustrate the trout, or make it angry, but without spooking it.
At these times I find fluorescent coloured bladed spinners like the fluoro Orange Super Vibrax with the gold blade to be most effective as they may in some way resemble the eggs of trout that have already spawned further upstream. Another great technique is to use a minnow of some kind that may help tempt an aggressive strike from a cranky trout as it escorts the lure out of its territory.
Don't be afraid to use larger minnows of around 8-9cm or even longer at these times. These larger minnows are a lot more intrusive than the little 4-5cm minnows, therefore more likely to upset the pre-spawning trout into a strike. The smaller 4-5cm minnows tend to rely more on the trouts hunger to induce a strike than anything else as the trout sees them as a food source not a threat.
Over in the Mitta Mitta River things should be much the same in June. I have not heard a lot about how the fishing has been in the Mitta Mitta River lately. I have heard some good reports of brown and rainbow trout being caught in Snowy Creek upstream of Mitta Mitta township. Snowy Creek can be a great place to fish in June as the bigger trout which inhabit the deeper holes make their way upstream to spawn.
Although Snowy Creek is not known for large catches of large fish, I do regularly hear of brown trout in the 50-55cm size range being caught. The same techniques as mentioned above for the Kiewa River should all work equally as well in the Snowy Creek in June.
Lake Dartmouth is a wonderful place to take the boat in June. The trout are easy to catch, plentiful and winter is the best time of the year to catch them. In June, with the water being so cold the fish are usually close to the surface. I have had a lot of success trolling Tassie Devil lures. I have never worried about downriggers or paravanes and have always preferred to just flat line troll across the lake in no particular direction. I find white coloured Tassie Devils seem to work well up there, so do does the fruit salad pattern.
If you are heading to Dartmouth, or anywhere in the Kiewa and Mitta Mitta areas during June, make sure you remember to pack plenty of warm clothes as this area can be bitterly cold. Lake Dartmouth even see's the occasional snowfall in winter so make sure you travel prepared.
Also, if you are heading out onto Lake Dartmouth and are carrying a GPS of any kind, it is always a great idea to mark the boat ramp. I have heard many horror stories of people becoming disoriented on the large open body of water. Myself and Sandy Hector managed to get lost on the tiny Khancoban pondage in the fog one day so I can only imagine how scary it would be to have it happen on Lake Dartmouth.Reads: 1121