There’s been a load of cod fishers coming to the Bonnie Doon area from up north, taking advantage of the fact that we can target these awesome sportfish year round now. As the lake continues to rise at a great rate, the fishing just seems to get better and better. It’s great for everyone who fishes and uses the lake for whatever floats their boats.
Reports are consistent of yellas schooling up on the rocky margins amongst the trees. Using your electronics to your advantage is crucial while searching for them. Lots of yellas around the 40-45cm mark have been reported and by all reports, trolling seems to be the most popular and productive method. Last year, most of the schools were held up on big trees and jigging grubs slowly up and down was the best method.
It’s funny how things change – not only methods, but also the size of fish. Over the last two years, the smallest yella I managed was 50cm and the largest was 63cm. The biggest so far this season is a 44cm and the smallest is a 24cm. This is one of the reasons I love fishing – it’s forever evolving and keeps you mentally active all the time. Sometimes I think too hard and go around in circles, but I’m not the only one, am I?
And this year it seems that white is the new purple and black. Over the last 5-6 years they were the go-to colours, but white seems to be winning in the last three months. I still believe any coloured lure in front of a hungry active fish will be eaten. You don’t need to spend a million bucks on expensive lures if you’re on a budget.
The most important thing is a quality sounder, because if you’re just guessing depth and structure, it’s largely all luck. On a massive lake like Eildon, it’s key to locate them then try and catch them. Good luck on the run into Christmas.
The recent arrival of the new Doon Bridge has everyone excited.
Bailey Thomas with a nice yella.
Lloyd Hunt with a whopper fish.Reads: 775