The 2017 salmonid closed season in Victoria runs from midnight on Monday 12 June through to midnight on Friday 1 September, so if stream trout are on your list, put down the magazine and go get into them!
The Yarra River from Woori Yallock right up to Reefton is still a good option for all trout anglers provided you can get up there before the season closes. Brown trout to 300g are common fare throughout this section of river and will happily respond to bait, fly and lure at this time of the year.
For the casual bait angler, one or two juicy scrubworms on a number 6-8 baitholder style hook will normally tempt a trout, especially if you fish this offering through the pools with very little weight. Lure anglers should carry a good assortment to try, with a plain gold or copper Vibrax spinner being a safe bet, along with Rapala’s ‘spotted dog’ Countdown model hardbodied lure.
Devilbend Reservoir is a good option for trout anglers who want a chance to tangle with some serious browns close to Melbourne. Brown trout to 6lb are a realistic option here, along with smaller rainbows and some decent redfin as well. The area near the fishing platform has been popular with bait anglers, as they can cast their baits out past the weed near the shore.
Pink and orange coloured Powerbait under a float has been the most productive method for anglers in Devilbend lately, with the majority of fish landed being rainbow trout around 400g. A large brown of around 8lb was also reportedly caught from the section just recently on a floating hardbodied lure, so hopefully the photo will show up soon!
Karkarook Park has been a good option for anglers baitfishing for trout and redfin. Redfin to 600g have been coming out of the lake, with small freshwater yabbies and scrubworms being the two killer baits. The redfin have been on the bite pretty much all day, while the trout tend to respond better earlier in the morning. Powerbait in the rainbow colour fished on a suspended rig will get you fish more often than not, just remember to use a fine gauge treble hook instead of a single hook – this will ensure that the bait stays on the hook securely.Reads: 97