Trout are out and about
  |  First Published: November 2016

It’s been one of the best trout openings this decade and everyone seems to be back into trout mode, and why not? There’s plenty around.

We were lucky enough to have one of the best trout openings we have had in years, and this month did not disappoint, with trout numbers remaining good and the streams looking healthy from the frequent rains in our hills.

The Strzelecki streams did not disappoint once again, with Traralgon Creek, the Morwell River and Middle Creek all producing good numbers of modest sized brown trout to 30cm in length.

The fish did seem to go better a few days after a shower or rain, and this was the time when anglers were catching up to a dozen in a session. When the creeks were allowed to go crystal clear, the trout were a little harder to catch and you had to be a bit sneakier to not spook them. The best lures were Mapso spinners, however small soft plastics would work well too.

Blue Rock fished very well, and with the lake rising fast due to consistent rain, the fish are around the edges. In fact, the best fishing has been from flat line trolling Tassie devils around the bank edges or fishing with garden worms off the bank.

There’s been some solid trout caught as well, with many of the trout measuring up to 45cm and 99% of them being browns. The bass have started to come on the chew as well, and trout anglers are getting a few bass as by-catch on worms.

Over the next month the bass will really come on, especially once we get some hot weather.

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