Trout get tougher to catch as water levels drop
  |  First Published: December 2016

We had probably the best spring for trout fishing in the region in years, and this was mainly due to constant rain keeping the rivers running healthy. However, over the past month, the rain has got less frequent and we are finally receiving some much deserved summer weather, which has put the trout into a more summer style trout mode. The trout aren’t feeding very hard during the day, but instead feeding during the late evenings or early mornings. In the small local streams, fly fishing has been the method of choice, with this summer weather given fly anglers better opportunities to use dry flies, termite patterns, and small dun patterns, such as Dad’s Favourites, have been working well in the evenings on a slightly better class of fish of up to 35cm.

The lower sections of the Strzelecki streams, such as Traralgon and Morwell River, are producing better sized trout of up to 40cm on lures such a spinners, though in lower quantities. The larger rivers, such as the Thomson River and the Macalister River, have fished well since the levels have dropped, and are producing quality brown trout to 38cm on Mapso and Vibrax spinners, and the odd Tassie devil as well. Over the next month, the Bass will become the main target, and with this warmer weather we will be able to target them with surface lures such as cicadas and stick baits. We’ll also have a Barra fishery in Hazelwood Pondage and it will be open for everyone to fish. This is going to add a whole new dimension to fishing in Victoria, as it’s the world’s first southern Barra fishery. We should hopefully have some cool photos for the next issue. Stay Tuned.

For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 5174 85 44. You’ll get great expert advice and great deals on fishing bait and tackle.

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