This is our final month to enjoy daylight savings and have a decent midweek crack at catching a West or South Gippy stream trout. It is the last of the long daylight hours before turning back the clocks on 6 April.
In March we should expect to see a decline in grasshopper action, however there will be plenty of other insect activity for the stream trout so they will be aggressively feeding; all techniques will be productive.
Following the long hot summer, stream flow has significantly slowed down so for fly anglers, dry flies are the way to go. If we happen to get the autumn break this month then move over to beaded nymphs, which will present nicely just under the surface as the stream flow increases.
Bait and lure anglers will be in the action too as the hungry stream trout will be striking anything that moves to improve body condition in preparation for the spawning season. Hardbodied minnow styled floating lures, spinner bladed lures, soft plastics, garden worms, scrubbies and grasshoppers are all fair game for a hungry trout.
This is also a great time of the year to find a deep hole in a creek and fish for the beautiful Gippsland spiny freshwater crayfish. Found in most of the streams, small creeks and even constructed drains around this region, they are best caught using some old meat tied to string/line or using a couple of hoop nets. You are allowed to use up to 10 baited lines and labelled 5 hoop nets in the Latrobe River system, but baited lines are a lot more fun for the kids. You must not keep females with eggs or at least remove the eggs and the minimum length for the carapace in this region is 9cm. There is a limit of 5 of which no more than 1 cray may exceed 12cm carapace length. The carapace is the main body of the cray, which is the section of shell from the eye socket to the last legs or where the tail begins. It is illegal to use opera house nets in any public waters and it’s very disappointing to continue seeing them be left behind in the streams and rivers where platypus become trapped and die. If you see an opera house net, make sure you pull it out of the water and destroy it.
All rivers are fishing really well around the Noojee District with the Latrobe and Toorongo rivers attracting most of the attention and still proving to have plenty of good-sized browns and rainbows. Regular correspondent Adam Neville has been doing really well fishing these rivers and has made the most of his summer holidays wading the streams in search of the next thrilling catch.
Amongst the countless decent browns, he’s been catching and releasing, he was able to land his first rainbow on a Yo Zuri Pinns Minnow, which put up an exciting fight against stream flow and light gear.
Feel free to send me a report or photo particularly if you have any success stories fishing the streams or bass fishing on Blue Rock. Happy fishing!Reads: 653