Hazelwood barra are the main attraction
  |  First Published: May 2017

After the boat ballot finished, anglers flocked to Hazelwood pondage to try their luck on catching a Vic barra and the results were amazing.

The Hazelwood Pondage has become a truly awesome barra fishery. It’s nothing short of a world-class fishery that has produced barramundi in excess of 80cm. Over the past month we’ve seen plenty of barra caught both land-based and from boats, especially since the removal of the boating ballot.

An array of lures has been successful from poppers to soft plastics.

In soft plastics, the most successful ones have been in the 3-4” range and green, black and pink colours are preferred.

In poppers, small to medium sizes have been the most successful. Bank anglers have been doing the best with the surface lures.


With the barramundi fishing so successful, a lot of anglers have forgotten about the poor old trout or bass. After summer was late this year and autumn being very dry, our small streams have run pretty low, so the best times to fish for them have been after a brief rainy period. On these days we have still seen that there are good numbers of trout in our small Strzelecki streams from Merrimans, Traralgon or Morwell rivers.

This shows how resilient the trout have been this season. The fly anglers have been doing well in the low water situations with dry flies such as stimulators, red spinners and Dads Favourites while the spin fishers are doing well on Mapsos and Vibraxs after some rain.

• For more information, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on 5174 8544. You will get expert advice and great deals on fishing bait and tackle.

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