Latrobe still the shining light
  |  First Published: March 2007

As summer draws to a close, reports from West and South Gippsland have become a little patchy. Many anglers have reported low, warm water in some streams and low catch rates. It’s likely that that situation will worsen until the autumn rains arrive.

The one shining light in the region is the Latrobe. There are still remarkable numbers of trout being caught around Noojee, even though they’ve been copping a fair hiding from all and sundry. Mostly they are small rainbows but there is a good smattering of browns amongst them too. Experienced anglers are starting to deride these fish as being too easy to catch, as they’ll eat just about anything you throw at them be it bait, spinner or fly. For beginners and kids though, it is ideal fishing and great practice. Target these fish anywhere in the Latrobe between the Toorongo and Loch junctions. In fact, the park and playground right in Noojee are as good a place as any, and a nice spot for a picnic too.

Other streams near Noojee, such as the Loch and Toorongo, are low but are producing reasonable numbers of small browns for those anglers who have been bothered.

Those anglers looking for a better class of fish could try the Tarago River below the reservoir. There are some big brusing trout in the stretch of river below the wall, but again the water is low and great stealth is required to get amongst them.

Further to the southeast, fishing in the west branch of the Tanjil River near Costin’s Road has been hard at times. For anglers keen on this river I would be trying either lower down where there is more water (see Will Thompson’s report) or further up near Tanjil Bren where the water is low but at least cooler.

So get out while you can because autumn is a time of year where anything could happen so far as the trout season is concerned. Under normal circumstances there is good fishing right until the end of the season in June. With the low water levels, however, there could be an early finish in many streams.

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