Great trout fishing continues but rain needed
  |  First Published: July 2013

This time of year typically turns on some of the best trout fishing opportunities in our local lakes and this year has been no exception.

Despite the cold weather conditions, trout anglers have been out in force travelling from far and wide to fish our waters, especially to the famous Lake Toolondo, which has been firing on all cylinders for some time now.

The fishing sure is great around here at present, but if we don’t get some good winter rainfall and some decent inflows our lakes are going to be in a bit of trouble as they are starting to get a bit on the low side once again.

Lake Toolondo

This great lake is definitely the pick of our local trout waters to be fishing this month with some outstanding trout fishing on the go. Local and visiting anglers have been doing very well on brown and rainbow trout averaging around 1-1.5kg with a few larger trout around the 2kg mark also being taken. Good numbers of redfin up to 700g have also been about.

Trolling lures has been the most popular method lately with Tassie Devils and small minnow lures working well. My favourite Tassies have been pink, fire tiger or the white/blue V&TFM Tassie Devil. Drifting and casting plastics at trout chasing baitfish is also working very well.

Bait fishing has been producing some great results with either bug or ‘couta mudeye under bubble floats or Powerbait on running sinker rigs doing very well. You don’t need a boat for good bait fishing here as plenty of good trout are being taken from the shore as well.

The flyfishing remains excellent either from the shore or from boats. I have still been doing well with the ever reliable black Woolly Bugger fished slowly in the evenings and after dark along the sandbars on the north and west banks. Other fly anglers have been doing well with flies such as the Tom Jones, Mrs Simpson and Hamils Killer.

Lake Wartook

With the onset of the cooler weather the trout fishing has been getting better with some quality brown trout to 1.8kg being taken along with the occasional rainbow trout. Trolling Tassie Devil lures has been picking up good trout all over the lake but the north end in particular has been fishing very well. A few redfin to 500g are also being caught on the troll, mostly on small divers such as Rapalas and Stumpjumpers.

Bait fishing for the trout has been working very well particularly at the wall area. The trout hang around there this time of year as they try to drop their eggs on the gravel beds just out from the wall in a few spots. Unweighted scrubworms, bardi grubs and peeled prawn tail has been working well as has ‘couta mudeye fished under bubble floats. Many anglers have been fishing from the wall after dark and getting rewarded with some very nice brown trout.

Lake Fyans

The fishing has been a bit on and off here lately but some nice fish are still there to be taken. Brown and rainbow trout around 1-1.5kg are being taken from the shore and from boats mostly on mudeyes fished under bubble floats. Trolling with Tassie Devils has also been working. Redfin have been a bit slow but some big ones are being caught with a ripper 2kg redfin being taken while trolling. Winter tends to be the best time of year here when seeking out trophy sized redfin so they are well worth the effort.

It seems the majority of trout anglers are heading to the firing Toolondo so things are a bit more peaceful at Fyans which is great as this lake has been fished very hard over the last few seasons which might explain why not many trophy size trout have come out of here lately.

Rocklands reservoir

The redfin fishing has been a bit hit and miss lately but when they are biting some very nice redfin to 1kg have been taken. The most popular areas have been at the wall, Turkey Neck and at Brodys. Trolling small diving lures has been working well and popular lures have been Rapala shad raps, Stumpjumpers and Balista dyno 60s. Bait fishing in the timber with gudgeon and yabbies is also working well on the redfin but the carp have been a nuisance.

A few brown trout are being taken up the wall end mostly on lures and soft plastics cast at trout chasing the minnows around. Most of the trout are averaging around 1kg with the odd larger one to 2kg showing up from time to time.

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