Spring is in the air
  |  First Published: October 2016

Spring is in the air. The warmer, longer daylight hours are exciting anglers across the region. Good news is we can start sneaking that after-work fish in, as daylight savings kicks in October 2. By now, the streams are in their prime and Blue Rock has been topped up by the snow melt from Mt Baw Baw. It’s all systems go.

The rivers of the West and South Gippsland regions are flowing well. Over the next few months, stream trout action will intensify. Warmer weather brings with it more hatchlings, which excite trout and flyfishers alike. Closer to Melbourne, the Lang Lang, Bunyip and Tarago rivers will all be worth a try over the coming months. Further into the Noojee Valley, is the Latrobe, Loch and Toorongo rivers. All are prime stream trout locations too, and suit those wanting to wet a fly, lure or bait.

Waders are not essential, but can be handy. They allow stealthier access to great trout feeding zones. Snakes will also be out soaking up the sun, so just remember to have your wits about you.

Blue Rock Dam bass should fire up as the water temperature warms up. Insect hatchings bring the fish to the surface. Trout on the other hand, will begin to seek cooler waters as we approach summer. Success will come to those fishing early morning or late evening, when the trout come to the surface to feed. They’ll make their descent to the depths during the day.

There’ll be plenty of redfin on offer as by-catches for anglers chasing bass and trout. Rest assured there will be no shortage of carp to keep the family entertained. If you haven’t been to Blue Rock for a while, it’s worth a visit to see the changes.

Blue Rock and the township of Willow Grove are evolving with the success of the bass stocking program, restrictions lifted on boat and engine sizes, and improvements around the lake for recreational users. Both boat ramps at either end of the lake are well set up with toilets, barbecues, heaps of parking, well-kept lawns for laying out the picnic rug, picnic benches and rotundas.

The Old Tanjil Road boat ramp now has a scenic 1.5km walking track, which follows the perimeter of the lake up to Blue Rock Road. This gravel track provides great access for land-based anglers to a number of coves along the western shores. All up, the access available for land-based anglers from the Old Tanjil Road boat ramp is approximately 2km of shoreline.

The dam wall boat ramp has good access to the lake too and has about 500m of shoreline. Both ramps now have a floating jetty too, installed by Southern Rural Water. For those who tried to launch a boat with a nice painted hull at the dam wall boat ramp, this is awesome news!

Please remember the river blackfish season is closed until December 31.

Feel free to send me a report or photo, particularly if you have success stories from the opening of trout season, or out in the lake. Email me any questions too. Happy fishing!


The author with a stream trout caught on a worm and jighead rig. The trout hit the soft plastic, but wasn’t interested in another go. After digging up some worms, Steve took the plastic off and cast it back in with the worms, with success. This nice brown was released to fight another day.

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