Plenty of bass while the trout fishing improves
  |  First Published: April 2016

Low water levels and high temperatures the trout have been scarce… lucky we have bass.

Lake Glenmaggie has been the standout, with plenty of bass caught land-based, which is great for the average fisher with no boat. The prime time to use lures has been late afternoons, and cicada lures have been one of the best kinds of lures, but purple coloured hardbodies and vibes have been really good as well, especially earlier in the day.

For middle of the day fishing, a lot of anglers use garden or scrub worms, and they have been working a treat and have accounted for plenty of bass up to 35cm.

The rivers have been good as well, with Rainbow Creek and the Macalister River being standouts and producing plenty of 15-27cm fish with the Macalister producing a few bigger fish as well.

Again, small hardbodied lures have been the best choice, but poppers, stickbaits and cicada imitations have been good on the hot evenings.

Blue Rock has again been consistent on the bass with good numbers taken up the river and around the points in the late afternoon. Using small poppers and cicadas on the hot nights and small soft plastics, spinnerbaits and hardbodies has worked during the day.

On the trout front, the small mountain streams have produced small brown trout, especially in the upper reaches of most tributaries. The fly anglers have been doing the best in these situations, and are doing particularly well on dry fly.

The trout have only been small and mostly under 30cm, however there has been the odd bigger fish caught. Hopefully we get a bit of rain over the next month or two and we will start to see the trout back in better numbers.

• For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 5174 8544. You will get expert advice and great deals on fishing bait and tackle. Tune into Rex Hunt and Lee Rayner’s Off the Hook on 1242 to hear Will’s report on what’s going on in Gippsland!

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