Warmer weather fires up local lakes
  |  First Published: February 2014

As both water and air temperatures around Melbourne reach their peak this month, the sweet water fishing will be worth a look. Warm, still afternoons are always worth a shot if you’re a trout angler, along with an afternoon/evening session on local golden perch or Murray cod waters too.

The Yarra River around Eltham or Warrandyte is good water to tempt a Murray cod out with either bait or lures. A few nice cod have come from this region this summer by anglers putting in the hard yards, with 3/8oz spinnerbaits doing most of the damage.

A tip for anglers fishing the snaggy reaches of the Yarra for cod: when ‘slow rolling’ your lures back hold your rod tip up at around 11 o’clock. This way, you will be able to see the lure working its way back and see if it starts fouling up on a snag or rock, which is when the tip will slowly load up. If it does wind fast and give a few quick ‘rips’ and 90% of the time your lure will ride out from the snag and keep going.

The Woori Yallock to Warburton region on the river is still producing some decent trout during the day, with early morning and late afternoon being the prime times. Anglers letting scrubworms drift into the deeper pools during the warmer period of the day have caught trout to 2lb along with the odd redfin. A few anglers fishing deep with small stickbaits and vibes have also been catching trout and redfin just above Warburton.

Sugarloaf Reservoir has been a little on the quiet side recently, but is still worth a prospect if you want to have your lure hit by a golden perch. Most anglers catching goldens here at the moment have been throwing lures like spinnerbaits and medium running hardbodies; but if the fishing is slow try changing to a small soft plastic.

A great option for most dams are yabby-imitating Squidgy Lobbys. Many golden perch have been fooled by a small grenade coloured Lobby, slowly hopped back along the edge on a 1/12oz jighead.

Devilsbend Reservoir has been a bit quiet recently, but a keen angler knows that it is still worth persevering. Brown trout close to the 10lb mark roam around the edges of the weed beds under low light conditions. With the amount of insects around in the neighbouring bushland, fly anglers will have a good shot at hooking a few quality trout in this clear waterway.

Karkarook Park Lake has produced some reasonable redfin for anglers over the past month. Baits of scrubworm and small freshwater yabbies have been the way to go for the reddies, with the odd lure angler getting amongst the action as well. The gun lure for anglers here lately has been the lava coloured Squidgy Wriggler in 80mm.

Rowville Lakes has been the spot for anglers into coarse fishing. All species including carp, redfin, trout, roach and the odd tench can be caught once a good berley trail is started. Lucky angler Trevor recently caught and released 32 roach using a fine grit berley trail laced with maggots, and another angler near him landed a carp over a metre long using the same method!

If you have had some success in these areas lately send me a photo and go into the draw for your chance to win a HD Sports Camera valued at $129.99. Email it to: --e-mail address hidden-- include, angler’s name, species, and the area you were fishing.

For up to date fishing information, contact the guys at Compleat Angler in Dandenong on 9794 9397 or drop in and see us at 241 – 243 Princes Hwy, Dandenong, we are open 7 days a week. For our other latest fishing reports and to download information sheets, go to www fishingcamping.com.au

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