As the river cools, the fishing will fire
  |  First Published: March 2016

Anglers who fish the Yarra this month will find the usual catches can vary, from carp and eels through to an elusive Macquarie perch or Murray cod. The river should start to cool down a bit over the next month, which can bring on some quality trout fishing higher up. For the moment the aforementioned species are more active.

If you want to hedge your bets and relax with bait in the water, there are some good spots along the river that have reasonable access and plenty of fish habitat. A good area for land-based anglers is just off Homestead Road in Eltham. A short walk from the car park will lead you to some prime river access with a small sandy beach. From here you can cast into a nice slow pool with some good timber around – perfect structure for many of the river species.

Keen lure anglers who enjoy tangling with yellowbelly have been fishing Sugarloaf Reservoir over the last month. The warm water temperature should start to drop soon, which will kick the fish into gear. Anglers who have caught yellas here have done well on a range of lures. Slow sinking plastic vibes, hardbodies and spinnerbaits perform well and will get you a thumper yella in no time. Small vibes like the Strike Pro Hummer and Daiwa Vibe 47 have been the perfect size for these fish to eat. Fit these lures with ‘double’ hooks to lessen the chance of snagging them on rocks and bits of timber, while not affecting the hook-up rate.

For the local suburban lakes, Karkarook and Devilsbend have produced redfin for both the bait and lure anglers. The odd trout has been taken while fishing early morning around the edges, but the redfin numbers are generally much greater at the moment.

• 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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