Trout tops the lakes
  |  First Published: December 2014

January can be a good time of year for anglers – the Christmas rush is over, the kids are on school holidays and there’s normally a few days away from work to unwind and soak a bait. The plus side of school holidays is that most of the urban lakes receive a top up of feisty rainbow trout to have fun with.

Karkarook Park Lake has been a popular spot of late. Situated in Moorabbin, it’s well within reach for a few hours fishing. The height of summer can see the trout a bit quieter than usual around the edges, but cool mornings and afternoons can be excellent. By far the most productive method in the lake recently has been to use a coarse fishing method with maggots or Powerbait and a very fine berley mixture.

The key to the berley mixture is to make sure it is fine enough so that the trout can’t actually ‘eat’ it – they actually almost breath it in. The best mixture has been a two part concoction of crushed ‘specialist trout pellets’ and Stimulate fine grit berley with a small amount of water added to turn the whole lot into a claggy cake batter consistency. Berley can either be flung out using a berley spoon or mixed into a feeder cage for a slow release scent.

Over in the Yarra River the main two targets recently have been either Murray cod or trout. Anglers fishing the upper reaches as far as Reefton have been picking off the odd trout in the deeper pools, most of which are resident browns in the 250-400g size. Small soft plastics that imitate insect nymphs or yabbies have been very effective when slowly twitched back through the depths of the pool. Around the middle reaches of the river the cod have been tough but a few keen anglers have been rewarded for their efforts. Most of the cod caught have been between 35-60cm and are always partial to a big bunch of scrubworms or medium sized yabbies. Just be mindful that Murray cod regulations in Victoria have changed recently, with a minimum size of 55cm and a maximum size of 75cm with a bag limit of 1 fish per day from rivers such as the Yarra.

Sugarloaf Reservoir has been fishing well for the last couple of months, with golden perch and redfin both fairly active. Anglers fishing the standing timber just along the lake edges have been picking up small numbers of goldens averaging around 40cm, along with a few smaller redfin. The most productive lures lately have been Strike Pro hummers fitted with snag resistant double hooks, and weedless rigged soft plastics like the small size Squidgy Lobby. Both of these lures are sinking lures, and when fished on a tight line they can be slowly crawled back around timber with minimal snagging.

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. For our other latest fishing reports and to download information sheets, go to www fishingcamping.com.au

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