Yellowbelly Bonnie beasts
  |  First Published: November 2015

Finally, the water temperature has risen to a point where the yellowbelly have woken up and kicked into gear! Yellowbelly action has been more subdued than the past two Octobers but November will be a great month with loads of fish coming on the chew.

The fish started to school up in good numbers around the shores of the Delatite Arm but held quite deep while the water temp was around the 13-140C mark. Yellas normally really start to fire up when the temp exceeds 160C. A few abnormally cold mornings below 00C kept the water temperature fluctuating and the fishing a little on the quiet side.

Throughout October there was an abundance of cod caught by people chasing yellowbelly. Russell Sanford and Tarnea Kitchenerbun were chasing goldens when Tarnea picked up a massive 95cm cod as by-catch. This is a fantastic catch! Plenty of other reports of cod caught from 55-90cm is proof of what an amazing fishery we have thanks fisheries Victoria. Our waterways are getting better every year and I am in awe of the health and condition of all the fish in the lake due largely to the amount of food in the system that has flourished since the drought broke.

It might even be worth Fisheries Victoria opening Lake Eildon to all year round Murray Cod fishing. Following in the footsteps of Copeton Dam, which has been well received by anglers from all over. I have been led to believethat there is minimal natural breeding in Eildon and that the lake should be considered a stocked fishery and therefore should be opened permanently – which would be great for fishers as well as local business.

A few reports are coming in of nice reddies once again, not big in numbers but quality sizes in the 1-2kg range.

There have also been some nice big brown trout poking around. Local fisher Adam Poidas picked up a big fat brown that was 66cm and a healthy 6lb - nice catch Poida.

Let’s get onto these big goldens in November – tight lines everyone!

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