Plenty of reward for effort
  |  First Published: July 2014

Although the weather can be all over the place at this time of the year, there is no doubt that if you put in the effort, there are still plenty of good fish to be caught. The water level of the lake has settled and will slowly rise over the coming months. Have no doubts, the fish will take advantage of this.


There is a little bit of everything for trout anglers at the moment. Although the rivers are now closed for fishing, the beauty of rising water levels is the abundance of food available in the newly submerged areas of the lake. The mouths of the rivers will also be hotspots, with many fish waiting for a feed to come to them.

Best baits to use when fishing these areas are lightly weighted scrub worm, blood worms or yabbies. Flat line trolling is also a great way to tempt these fish. Try between Dry Creek Road Inlet, around the bridge and power lines or between Kennedys Point and Peppin Point. Mitchells Bay has also been a good area.

Brown trout have been the main capture with the best lures being Tasmanian Devils in foxy lady, spotted rainbow, and clown or corroboree frog patterns. You also can’t go past the Rapala CD range lures in brown and rainbow trout colours. I have also had some feedback that the Balista range of lures has been working well. The LED technology literally turning inactive fish into active fish, so they may be worth a try as the weather cools.

Native Fish

Native catches will drop away as the weather gets colder. This doesn’t mean the fish shut down, they simply slow down and feed less frequently.

Rob from Bonnie Doon enjoyed some fantastic fishing recently. Fishing the bank along Sunset Strip with yabbies he caught and released a cod of about 15kg. There is no doubt that yabbies are a prime bait during the cooler months.

Keon Chan, a weekly visitor to the lake, has consistently caught golden perch slow trolling StumpJumper lures not far from the Kennedys Point boat ramp. They have generally been pan-sized fish, with the occasional nice redfin mixed in.


Traditionally these fish get harder to catch and those that are caught tend to be small at this time of the year. There are however, still some nice fish being caught.

Those in the know tend to fish scrub worm baits around the abundant submerged timber in the arms of the lake. Best bet is to tree hop until you find the fish. Some nice catches of fish up to 1kg have been taken doing this in the Ford arm of the lake. Soft plastics rolled up and down the trunks of the timber is another deadly method to get these fish to bite. The odd golden perch has been known to fall to this method as well.

Don’t be afraid to sample what July has to offer at the Bonnie Doon end of Lake Eildon. It is a great opportunity to take advantage of the local hospitality, fish respectable hours and still go home with some reward for your effort.

• For fresh bait, the latest in fishing tackle and to find out where they are biting see Steve Simpkin and his team at the Snowy Mountain Outdoor Centre 03 5775 1105. To hire a boat to explore everything that Lake Eildon has to offer at Bonnie Doon contact Jeff Baade at Lake Eildon Cruises on 0422 166 986.– FMG

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