The extension of the irrigation period, which ran deep into April for the first time in a long time, has caused a dramatic downturn in fishing.
To say it’s been quiet would be an understatement. A few anglers have caught fish, but there has been more people putting in long hours for no result. The only good news is that a few of the fish caught have been crackers – I don’t mean to make this magazine the Neil Main show but he’s done it again with another 1m+ cod coming from 1.2m depth. I personally regard Lake Eildon as the trickiest fishery in Victoria by a long way as the lake is not the best location for natives because of cold water temperatures, but it’s also not great as a summer location for the trout with warmer water temperatures in comparison to the alpine lakes (Jindabyne and Eucumbene).
Combine these factors with the very fast dropping water level throughout spring and summer to make Eildon the most consistently inconsistent place. This year in particular has been out of the box and has thrown up some heavily discussed points between quality anglers with truck loads of success over the past five years who struggle on the Lake versus newcomers catching a lot more fish and frustrating a lot of regulars. What this suggests is to think outside the square and try different things. John Costa did just that using a prototype lure to pick up his PB cod coming in at just under 1.1m.
On a sad note, it’s with anger I have to report just how much rubbish and mess was left at the Fraser camping grounds right through the holiday season this year. It was disgusting and some fishers were sadly part of the blame. It’s not hard – if you can take it in, you can take it out.Reads: 242