Summer heatwave still producing action
  |  First Published: March 2017

While Melbourne sweats it out under the last real taste of summer, there are still plenty of places to sit back in the shade and throw a line in.

For the local suburban lakes, Karkarook and Devilsbend have been producing redfin for both the bait and lure anglers. The odd trout has been taken while fishing early morning around the edges, but the redfin numbers are much greater at the moment. Baits and berley consisting of a maggot mix or PowerBait have been the most effective in the lakes, especially Karkarook. There have been some rather decent trout working the lake edges under the right conditions too. Amongst the trout and reddies there have also been an odd number of crucian carp caught recently.

For anglers fishing the Yarra this month the usual catches can vary from carp and eels through to a Macquarie perch or Murray cod. With the weather at it’s warmest, the river should start to cool down a bit over the next month, which can bring on some quality trout fishing higher up. For the moment, the aforementioned species are more active. If you want to hedge your bets and relax with a bait in the water, there are some good spots along the river that have reasonable access and plenty of fish habitat. A good area for land-based anglers is just off Homestead Road in Eltham, with a short walk from the car park to some prime river access with a small sandy beach. From here you can cast into a nice slow pool with some good timber around, perfect structure for many of the river’s species.

The warm water temperature should start dropping, which will kick the yellowbelly into gear over at Sugarloaf Reservoir. Anglers catching the yellas in here have been doing well on a range of lures. Slow sinking plastic vibes, hardbodies and spinnerbaits are best. Small vibes like the Strike Pro Hummer and Daiwa Vibe 47 have been the perfect size for these fish to eat. Fitting these lures with double hooks will lessen the chance of snagging them on rocks and bits of timber while not affecting the hook-up rate.

• For up to date fishing information, contact the guys at Compleat Angler in Dandenong on 9794 9397 or drop in and see us at 241-243 Princes Hwy, Dandenong, we are open 7 days a week. For our other latest fishing reports and to download information sheets, go to www fishingcamping.com.au

Photo courtesy of Morgan Taggert.

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