January didn't quite deliver as I thought it would, it was very tough indeed. Over the first couple of weeks the wind was relentlessly blowing right up to 40 knots at times, which made it tough going that's for sure.
It turned out to be a sporadic bite with very small windows; the bite would turn on and off at the click of your finger.
The yellowbelly have tapered off significantly with nowhere near as many fish being caught. The top of the lake was delivering more numbers of fish right across the board.
One of the most surprising things is the redfin are very few and far between. The same time over the past few years the reddies were going gangbusters, but not this year. Hopefully in February they will come on the chew – I'm missing my Sunday redfin and salad for lunch!
Probably the highlight lately has been the cod fishing. The biggest report lately was a cracking 94cm model caught somewhere near Jews Creek and quite a lot of small fish from 35-55cm, which is great news. A massive thanks to Fisheries once again as the fruits of their labour are paying off in spades.
Recently there has also been quite a few decent trout caught; a few browns around the 4-5lb mark and some nice rainbows in slightly lesser scale. So let's hope that some favourable weather conditions set us up for a good February once the masses of holidaymakers slowly diminish and water conditions clear up a bit.
After another tragic drowning at Waranga Basin please be careful on the water folks, it is becoming far too common on our waterways.
Surprisingly it has been going quite strong considering how the level has been fluctuating so much. There have been quality browns and rainbows up to 5lb on local dough and Powerbait.Reads: 570