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Gippsland a trout fishery once more
  |  First Published: November 2015



What a start to the trout season! It’s safe to say, it seems the trout fishing is back like the good old days and it hasn’t taken long for anglers to remember why they all love trout fishing.

Starting with our local streams in the Strezlecki Ranges, it’s been a real eye opener to see these little rivers come back to life and start fishing like they did years ago. The fly fishers have been taking advantage and the sport has seen a new burst of life and fishing bead-headed nymphs in the bubble streams has been very successful.

There have been some really healthy little browns caught in most of these small streams and it hasn’t been uncommon to find trout up to 32cm.

Recently, with these hot nights we have had, there has been some termite and beetle falls already, so the dry flies have been working a treat on these late evenings. For the non-fly angler, small size 1 and 2 spinners have been the best lures to use.

In the larger Gippsland streams such as the Macalister and Thomson rivers, the trout have been really good and there has been quality brown trout up to 40cm in both the rivers. The Macalister has been producing the odd rainbow trout to 30cm as a bonus as well.

Tassie Devils, Mapso Celtas and small Rapalas have been the standout lures in these larger streams and fly anglers are also taking advantage with larger bead-headed nymphs and streamer pattern flies as well. In the Macalister, the humble garden worm is working a treat.

The Wellington River is fishing well as it usually does in spring, but it normally gets difficult over summer. Plenty of small brown trout to 30cm have been caught.

In Blue Rock Lake, the removal of the boating restrictions has got plenty of anglers having a crack at trout trolling and some anglers are having success trolling the bank edges with Tassie devils and hardbodied lures.

A big congrats to Jack Leeson who did the impossible and landed a tagged bass that was part of the Victorian government’s ‘Target one million’ campaign, which involved the stocking of 12 tagged bass, and any angler lucky enough to land one of those fish wins a prize. Jack was lucky enough to be the first to land a tagged bass, which won him the prize of an Allways Angling Gift Voucher. Jack told me he caught the bass casting deep diving hard bodied lures.

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Andrew Ketaller caught this big brown trout in a local stream on a Rapala lure.

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Brandon Morley caught this trophy 6lb brown trout locally on a bead-headed nymph!

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Jack Leeson caught this very special 43cm tagged bass in Blue Rock on a hard bodied lure.

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