Autumn brings good fishing
  |  First Published: April 2014

Rowville Lakes has begun to fish a bit better for trout recently.

With the water temperature cooling down, the rainbow trout will begin to feed more actively for longer periods of the day. This means that you can head down to the lake on a cool autumn day with the hope of finding a trout or two at any stage of the day.

The school holidays are this month, so the lakes should also see a boost stocking of rainbows to kick the fishing along. With two rods in your arsenal, you can fish one rod with a dough bait on a suspended rig around the lake floor, and maggots under a fine coarse float on the second rod. Having different bait and rig setups will help determine which technique will be more effective on the day; and by fishing maggots you also have a good chance of by-catch, such as roach, carp and redfin.

Auravale Lake is situated roughly halfway between Narre Warren and Emerald and is actually part of a drainage system connected to Cardinia Reservoir. While the main reservoir itself is out of bounds for fishing, Auravale Lake can be fished from the southern shoreline.

The main targets here are redfin, and while most are small there are some large specimens in the lake. A good way to catch the reddies is to pack a small bag with some lures and walk around the shoreline of the lake casting to any timber, lily pads and drop-offs. Small soft plastics and hardbodied lures up to 60mm are the best options, as the lake is full of small mosquitofish and the redfin love them. Autumn can produce some larger redfin as they start to school up before winter.

Sugarloaf Reservoir has had a late run of actively feeding fish just as the weather has cooled off a bit. This is really the last window of high feeding activity for the lake, as the fish will shut off through the winter months. They can still be caught with more persistence, but less consistency. As the lake is an artificial bait water only, lure fishing the banks is the way to go. The best tactics to pin a golden perch or two before the colder months is to target the standing timber just out from the shoreline. The fish will school up around the flooded branches and this is where you want to target.

Sinking lures fitted with weedless hooks are the way to go when targeting the vertical timber. The weedless hook arrangement lets you get your lure further into the structure with less fear of it snagging up. Lipless crankbaits in the 45-60mm size range are excellent for this, and silent models seem to fare better at this time of the year. Sebilé Flatt Shads and Silent Jackall TN50s are the pick of the bunch. Both lures can be worked with subtle twitches or hopped aggressively and they will still swim perfectly.

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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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