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The much-loved options for March
  |  First Published: March 2017



Daylight savings ends in April, leaving only one month to enjoy fishing in extended daylight. West and South Gippsland offer some great freshwater stream and lake options with target species including bass, trout, redfin, luderick, eel and, of course, carp.

The impressive streams of the Noojee region set amongst a beautiful backdrop of bushland and lush farmland is a must for any stream trout angler. The Latrobe, Toorongo and Loch rivers all hold small trout and are great fun on light gear whether it be tackle suited to fly, lure or bait fishing. Closer to Melbourne is the Tarago River, which begins north of Neerim South and flows down to Longwarry before entering the Bunyip River; both rivers offering good fishing.

Twenty minutes north of Warragul is the picturesque Blue Rock Lake set behind the township of Willow Grove. The northeastern banks of the lake are predominantly native bushland creating the foothills of Mt Baw Baw. Open farmland dominates much of the western banks with good land-based fishing around two boat ramps positioned nicely at either end of the lake. The Tanjil Arm located north of the lake provides the lake with its main source of water, coming from the Tanjil River, and is set amongst an amazing rugged landscape of native bush and submerged dead trees – ideal habitat for big bass, trout and redfin.

Heading south, the Lang Lang River always looks very inviting at this time of the year with good flow and tannin waters. There is plenty of food throughout the system which results in some nice healthy brown trout and redfin swimming about. The Lang Lang River historically holds some big trout and luderick but access can be difficult, so it will require some adventurous spirit.

By March the stream flows can be down quite low, but there is still plenty of insect action happening at the surface. Dry flyfishing can be very productive, as can small surface lures. Your approach to any stream will require stealth, as the fickle trout can be spooked very easily. Trout also like waters that are well oxygenated and cool, so it is likely you’ll find them in or below riffles where the water is flowing.

The lake levels of Blue Rock have been dropping and will likely continue over the next month. This creates perfect conditions for shoreline vegetation to grow until the water comes back up to the natural water mark in the wetter months. Good shoreline vegetation attracts the aquatic invertebrae, which in turn attracts the fish. This is ideal for land-based anglers. If an autumn break comes early this month, then definitely head to Blue Rock to fish the rising lake levels. Those who have boats and kayaks should also focus their attention on trolling or casting at the shoreline.

Feel free to send me a report or photo, particularly if you have any success stories over the last month. Happy fishing!

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