The massive amount of late winter rain and snow has set the scene for an enormous October.
While Great Lake fishes pretty much the same irrespective of the level, waters like Arthurs Lake and Little Pine do fish well at high levels.
The level in Arthurs is as high as I can remember; in fact it could well be a record for this lake. This means that there are some serious amounts of new ground being flooded. As the water warms the activity of insects and other shallow water critters also increases, bringing heaps of trout in for a shallow water feed.
Traditional areas like the top end of the Cowpaddock, Creely Bay, Hydro Bay and Pump House Bay have been fishing very well for shore based anglers prospecting flies and lightly-rigged plastics. My aim for October will to be explore the flooded areas to the north east of the lake. This area is hard to access unless you have a boat (or love a big walk), and is better if there is an easterly or north easterly wind. If there has been 2-3 days of big south westerly winds it can get murky over here, so avoid it in those situations.
The tussocky shores along either side of the main island are god spots to find foraging trout. Often the biggest and fattest trout are found in here, and they love a dry fly.
Little Pine Lagoon has seen the best lead up you could ever hope for. The Pine always fishes better throughout the season if it gets a big flush in the starting months of the season. It spilled for most of August, and as the water table is very full, even 5mm of rain on the plateau could see it spill again.
If it spills in October then make all haste to the Pine, as the browns in here lover to forage out worms from flooded ground. The dam wall access is good, but don’t ignore the road shore, as some of the fattest fish feed along here. The bag limit on Little Pine is five, and if you are good enough I encourage you to keep all five – they are great eating and will do the water a great favour.
The gateway to the Nineteen Lagoons is an under-rated fishery. When it spills there is often too much water, but October usually sees this lake return to its normal level of 2-3m below full. The southern shores of this lake offer some awesome tailing action when the level hovers around 2m, and will keep western lakes addicts happy until the gate opens when things dry out a bit.
Drifting around the rocky shores is a very reliable way of snitching a few trout, even dry flies will lift a few good fish.
Penstock Lagoon is a wonderful place, certainly not on my favourite list, but keeps plenty of anglers happy.
Towards the end of October the first of the mayfly stagger their way to the surface, and while most fish are concentrating on the juvenile mudeyes and damselfly nymphs it is good to see them.
Most anglers will be still focussing on wet fly fishing, but don’t ignore the shoreline around in front of the shacks – some big fish cruise along here.Reads: 964