Just a timely reminder that the salmonid closed season in Victoria is in place from midnight Monday 13 June until midnight Friday 1 September. There are some exemptions to this that can be viewed in the 2016 Rules and Regulations booklet, available at most tackle stores, along with the Vic Fishing app, which is available on both iPhone and android operating systems.
On the subject of trout, the local trout fishing has been good up until the close with the Yarra producing its share of typical sized river browns. Fish of around 25cm are about the norm when fishing the Yarra, but there have been some much bigger fish caught from the river. These larger fish usually take up residence in a substantially-sized pool or deep run, where they will chase and attack smaller fish that move in too close to their territory.
When targeting larger trout, the use of bigger lures can be effective, with hardbodied lures up to 100mm provoking the fish to strike out of aggression. Some of the better hardbodied lures for the Yarra are Daiwa TD95 minnows, Ecogear MW72, Rapala F9’s and even the 15A bombers. Most larger trout will kill and eat a smaller trout, so a 10cm lure is never too big!
Devilbend Reservoir has been a bit on the quiet side recently, with water levels still down a bit. There have been some nice rainbows spotted cruising the weed margins during the day, but these fish can be super picky on what they’re eating, and in such clear water they can be frustrating to fool.
Some fly fishers have had success catching these trout, but as a whole they elude many anglers. The redfin have made up for it though, with plenty of small fish to 30cm taking baits and lures around the pontoon. The key lately has been to cast a long way out from the shore, right out over the weed and then try and work your offering back over it. Plenty of fish are lost when tangled in the weed, and unfortunately it is one obstacle to overcome at Devilbend.
Another smaller waterway to try your luck for some decent redfin is Auravale Lake. The lake has produced fish to around 30cm along the drop-offs and hard against lily pads and snags. Small suspending hardbodied lures in trout and galaxia patterns have been good when twitched alongside the lily pads and left to sit within striking distance. Otherwise another very good option is a spinnerbait in the 1/8-1/4oz size. Slow rolling these around lily edges and tree branches is a good way to get a redfin to come out and have a look.
• 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
Catching local redfin on small spinnerbaits just before dark is a good way to kill a few hours.Reads: 339