Get reddy for spawning season
  |  First Published: April 2015

Summer has been mild to say the least and it looks like autumn is following suit. The crickets are actively chirping, signalling an end to any more hot weather of which we have rarely encountered to date.

Rainfall, largely due to low-pressure systems, which spawn thunderstorms, has been above average for summer. Therefore the trout have still been active in the shallows of our deeper lakes, especially in the mornings and the need for a boat armed with downriggers is still only yet another option, not a necessity.

There have been multiple reports coming in regarding the captures of brown trout in at 1-2kg in weight out on Lake Purrumbete. Boaters have been concentrating their efforts in depths from 6-10m but only several metres from the shore, hugging weed beds.

Horans Point has been a popular spot for boaters to wet a line. The gun bait has been live mudeye sourced from local farmers’ dams fished suspended under a float down at 2-3m in depth. First light to just after sunrise has been the popular time to soak a bait.

Speaking of Purrumbete, redfin to 450g are beginning to school up in preparation for spawning and can be located just out from the caravan boat ramp in depths approaching 10m. Jigging lures or bait has seen some cricket score catches come in. Some huge reddies do reside in this system but the main body of redfin are school fish and many are undersize. The bigger ones can be found when specifically targeting trout with lures and plastics around the shoreline weed beds. I have personally seen (but not caught, yet) some absolute thumpers sitting atop the weed especially around the Homestead Bay area, but fish don’t get this big without being cunning and selective in what they choose to eat.

Mount Emu Creek has been conducive for redfin to 700g, brown trout to 900g and by-catch such as tench to 1.6kg and of course, eels.

The headwaters of the deeper pools hold the trout and reddies with live earthworm fished unweighted the gun bait. As far as artificials go, shallow diving minnows such as Damiki Saemis and Pontoon 21 Greedy Guts lures have attracted hits. So too have Celta style spinners fished fairly quickly, keeping the spinner at a shallow depth. Even though it’s early autumn, periodically environmental flows are released down this small but important fishery in the warmer months, thus stopping stagnation taking place.

Lake Bullen Merri has Chinook salmon in excess of 3kg still taking pilchard and blue bait but depths in excess of 10m need to be explored when static bottom bouncing. The odd rainbow over 2kg is also a viable take when fishing for ‘chooks’.

As long as the rainfall stays above average, lower than normal temperatures will make chasing trout in the South West a definite proposition until winter kicks in.

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