Yellowbelly game on
  |  First Published: November 2013

In October most punters expected it to be ‘game on’ early for the yellowbelly, and we weren't disappointed! There were excellent numbers being caught throughout October and things should get even better through the early part of November.

The quality of the native fish has been superb. Yellas have been 1 1/2lb right up to, and over, the 15lb mark with lots in between. They have been some of the most varying colours; some fish are really silver and others turning up dark green and even some amazing gold models.

Most of the action was reported up around the Bonnie Doon end and the Delatite region, which is no surprise really as the top end is a fair bit shallower. The water temperatures were higher in the areas where fishing was its most productive.

The trusty Jackall was a standout throughout October and I'm sure will still shine throughout November. If the bite is bit tough and you feel the fish are a bit spooky try a silent version, such as a hybrid Jackall mask or the Berkley MF-50 or 60 vibes that are soft plastic outers, which are deadly when the fish are a bit timid.

Old mate Stumpy is still doing the deed on the troll. The number of cod caught while chasing yellas has been quite high, including some cracking conditioned specimens from all parts of the lake.

Young Jack ‘Digger’ How caught a decent cod while casting a Black n Gold T-Tail for trout in the shallows up in the Doon area – nice work Diggsy he seems to consistently outfish his Dad!

The trout are still trying to put on some condition with a lot of fish taken recently still not quite there. November may be a lot better on the troutskies as well.

It also seems the reddies have shut down as I’ve not received so many reports lately. Bring on the hotter water temps and they should turn around pretty quickly.

As the temp comes up the bottom of the lake should go off the proverbial those deeper waters always take that bit longer.

Rivers and Pondage

As far as the rivers and ponds are concerned it has been refreshing to see consistent water level in the Goulburn and the pond. The results have been very encouraging with good numbers of fish being reported throughout October and with most of the catchments full to overflowing hopefully we will see these consistent conditions for sometime.

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