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Pesky trout are picky pouters
  |  First Published: May 2017



As we prepare ourselves for the cooler months, the fishing on and around the Lake Eildon district can be some of the best. Of course I’m talking about the pesky trout. As we all know, it can be difficult to wrangle a nice feed from a morning’s session, but what better way is there to spend a day with the family or your best mate, than chasing Eildon trout?

On a recent trip with a mate I thought we might go check out the Big River Arm as the cooler water flows out of the Eildon rainforest and makes its way into Lake Eildon. The easiest place to launch is Jerusalem Creek Boat Ramp. I couldn’t believe my eyes as we made our journey up the main arm. The water was busting with fish and the wind was blowing a southwesterly at around 10km, so it was going to be good – I could just feel it.

I started to rig up a range of hardbody lures ranging from 1-5m in depth. All our fish were small with the biggest being 3lb and smallest was 400g. This fish smacked a size 3 55mm solid purple StumpJumper. All the fish were caught in 3-4m depth.

As the water still flows out hard into the Goulburn River don’t be deterred. Trout will still feed up on snails and worms on all the new ground that has recently been drowned by water. This can mean the best fishing areas are around Walnut Reserve and Thornton. Remember to take your rubbish home with you or dispose of it in one of the site’s rubbish bins. The last thing that beautiful river needs is our food wrappers. The Goulburn is Melbourne’s trout fishery and there is great fishing to be had by all. Look after the river and the river will reward you with healthy fish.

Most fishers who persist through the low barometer and poor weather have been rewarded with some nice cod ranging from 65cm all the way over the magic metre.

Bob Hazler landed three cod of a good size and in pristine condition. They were caught on a slowly rolled green spinnerbait. The biggest measured smack on 90cm. Bob was walking around like he’d won the lotto. That’s not a bad effort for a few hours fishing the lake of a thousand casts.

Keep your eyes peeled for the massive schools of redfin. If you’ve got a good enough sounder pull up next to some trees and side scan them. Reddies are one of the best tasting fish and make a fun day fishing for the kids. They can be caught on worms, yabbies and even on small grub-tail soft plastics. Don’t go too big on the hook. Sometimes cod and yellowbelly are commonly the by-catch. Go down to the local tackle shop for all your fishing needs and friendly local advice with a smile.

Remember as the cooler months approach, natives slow down in numbers. Tying up to a good size tree and just having time out from our busy lives can be a great way to relax and reconnect with Mother Nature.

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