Run off action heating up
  |  First Published: October 2015

Although it seems like it has taken forever, spring has finally brought along some milder weather to thaw winter’s chill from our Melbourne bones.

We should expect a lot more activity on the water from now on, as there is no AFL football to watch and the cricket hasn’t yet jumped into gear. This month can be a great time to target either trout or warmer water species locally as they start to feed a bit more regularly.

While the Yarra is fishable for trout up above Woori Yallock, it is still receiving run off from the ranges higher up and should continue almost into early summer. The most failsafe method of tracking down a local trout would be to drift a bunch of worms down through some of the bigger runs and pools.

Otherwise, a good artificial option is to crank a small mid-running jerkbait through the same water. The Daiwa 60mm Double Clutch is a firm favourite in this scenario.

In the southeastern suburbs, Karkarook Park has also been producing a few rainbow trout. These fish were stocked into the lake just prior to the last school holidays and are now feisty towards both bait and lures. Recently, small metal blades and plastic vibes have been very effective on these trout when slow rolled just above the bottom.

Devilsbend Reservoir has been fishing well for both trout and redfin lately. The trout have been more active around low light conditions in close amongst the weed beds.

Baits of mudeye or minnow are a good way to tempt the larger fish in the lake. Some of the redfin mixed in along edges have also been reasonable size, up to 2lb. A few lure anglers have been catching the redfin from around these weed pockets on weedless plastics and small 1/8oz spinnerbaits and jig spinners.

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