Mild Melbourne turns on the fishing
  |  First Published: October 2014

This month sees a lot of Melbourne anglers out on the water – the weather is starting to pull itself together and we’re not quite yet trapped in the pre-Christmas rush.

For Melbournites looking to hang around close to home and still wet a line there are a few good options for October.

Most people know how to get to the freshwater sections of the Yarra River, and depending on how far you are willing to drive there are a few fishing options for you. Water temperatures haven’t yet gotten too warm for the trout so if you are prepared to drive out towards Woori Yallock in search of a few spotted river wrigglers, then you should be able to find a few.

Either bait fishing or lure fishing can be productive at this time of the year, depending on which method you prefer. A small bunch of juicy troutworms fished unweighted on a size 8 baitholder hook and light line is easily the most deadly method of catching a trout or two in this area. This method works very well when the bait is ‘walked’ from the top of a run down into a deeper pool. By-catch using this method in the lower Woori Yallock and Warburton area can include some half decent redfin, eels and the odd river blackfish.

Just over the back of the middle reaches of the Yarra River is Sugarloaf Reservoir. With plenty of parkland to keep the family entertained, and enough land-based access to the dam, Sugarloaf is a good spot to head to not far from the suburbs. Because Sugarloaf is part of Melbourne’s water storage system only artificial bait or lures can be used, which is fine because the main target species in Sugarloaf are redfin and yellowbelly and both species will take lures.

The local yellowbelly are starting to become a bit more active with the increase in temperature; however over the next month or so is generally the best time to target them. For the anglers doing some recon work in the area, try slow rolling smaller natural coloured soft plastic and spinnerbait presentations along the banks, and remember the slower the better.

Closer to the southeastern and peninsula suburbs is Devilsbend Reservoir. While the reservoir currently only has limited shore-based access, there are still plenty of areas to catch a few trout and redfin. One of the main concerns for anglers fishing from the shore is the large edge of weed and grass just out from the shoreline. While it can make fishing a bit tougher, it also brings a lot of quality fish right in close to the lake’s edge. By using a long graphite rod and light line spooled full on the reel you will be able to easily cast out over the weed to where the trout will be patrolling.

Baits of mudeye and local minnow under a float are almost too hard to resist for the trout that are normally rather aggressive at this time of the year.

• 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 store voucher valued at $100. 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.

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