Trout rise with temperatures
  |  First Published: December 2016

The weather has finally started to settle into some constant warm weather. Although the irrigation season is well underway, the Goulburn River is flowing slightly less than previous years, presumably due to the lower demand from downstream irrigators following such a wet spring.

And for the fishing, it’s been exceptional! This is particularly true for the fly fishing fraternity. Massive hatches of virtually all trout-tempting delights have been maintained right through November and with the lower, clearer water, the fish have just been on the job! Some of the late evening hatches are at a level where it’s almost hard to breath without inhaling some sort of flying critter.

Early mornings are seeing plenty of caenids with the afternoons to evenings being dominated by hatches of the usual mayflies and caddis with ever increasing numbers of ants out and about. Grasshoppers are plentiful and anglers choosing ‘hopper imitations or even the real thing will do very well.

On the lure tossing front, the usual suspects like the Berkley T-Tails, ZMan GrubZ in motor oil and bloodworm colours are the pick for the soft plastic brigade. The good old spinning Celtas are still working well along with minnow style shallow divers, in particular the Daiwa Double Clutch in the lazer ayu colour and 60mm size. These lures are not cheap by any means, but they sure do the job.

Bait anglers are doing well with the afore-mentioned ‘hoppers. Mudeyes and worms are also accounting for plenty of top quality fish as well.

The Eildon Pondage is still receiving plenty of ex-brood trout from the Victorian Fisheries Snobs Creek Hatchery as well a lot of ‘catchable’ sized trout to keep all amused. Local dough, PowerBait and scrubworms are doing well, but the spider mudeyes have been the standout bait. These little critters, along with most other mentioned baits and lures, can be purchased locally at Eildon Bait and Tackle, so drop in and ask Gaz for what’s hot and what’s not.

For those willing to try for themselves, there are plenty of mudeyes hidng under the flat rocks and stones around the pondage. Simply turn the stones over slowly, avoiding stirring up too much silt, and grab the little mudeyes hiding underneath.

Lures that are attracting plenty of attention the old faithful Tassie Devils, particularly the pink, are accounting for lot of Pondage fish.

Enjoy the local area and the sunny weather, but keep an eye out for snakes and stay protected from the hot sun.

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