Just a week to go until trout opening in our rivers and streams, but in the meantime, anglers have been trying their luck around the local lakes. Blue Rock Lake has been the main target for recreational anglers.
You normally don’t equate bass with winter, but our lakes in Gippsland have been inundated with bass stockings. There’s plenty to be caught, and even though it’s cold, the bass still need to feed. The strongest method has been old-fashioned worm fishing. Bass seem to be in fairly close to edges still. Anglers fishing from the bank, or using their boats to get amongst snaggy and rocky outcrops, have been catching bass up to 35cm, using garden worms fished on a running sinker rig. The bass pros tell me that lures aren’t working, however, random bass have been caught by anglers trolling for trout, especially at the Willow Grove end of the lake. Bass usually become more aggressive towards the end of September and into October, so it’ll be worth hitting the snags in the mornings and evenings.
Dave Johnson from the Thorpdale Angling Club has been catching a few bass in amongst the snags using garden worms. Even in the cold weather.
Young Jacob caught a nice 27cm bass in 11m of water using garden worms on a running sinker, in amongst the timber at Blue Rock.
Jack Leeson with a 50cm redfin caught in Blue Rock Lake.
Tim Sartori with a beautiful 50cm brown trout caught at Blue Rock Lake.Reads: 227