Good variety of species on offer
  |  First Published: March 2007

Anglers fishing the Yarra Valley have been encountering a variety of species including roach, Macquarie perch, cod, redfin and trout.

The Melbourne Gun Club, at the end of Victoria Road in Lilydale, has been the top spot for the coarse anglers targeting roach. Anglers using a small stick float above a size 18 hook with a single maggot have had the most success.

The secret to successful maggot fishing is a berley trail with some golf ball sized berley balls made from dough berley mixed with maggots. You need to have a good supply as you may need to release a berley ball every 5-10 minutes during the session.

Several customers have successfully used tin foil as an indicator when targeting Macquarie perch. Best areas of the Yarra to target are from Wonga Park to Templestowe and a bit beyond, always in a covered shaded area. The preferred bait for these fish at this time is good-sized scrubworm on a running sinker method.

Cod are known as one of the top Yarra target species and the next couple of months are the peak time for cod fishing season in this area. A variety of baits have been successful with reports of fish taken on traditional baits such as bardi grubs, yabbies and scrubworms. Good fish have also been caught and released on salted mussels, frozen prawn and tuna chunks.

Lure fishing for cod is usually done from a canoe or raft. This allows you to control your lure and direct it towards the hard to reach areas where lures are not as common and you can target bigger fish. The lures I suggest for this area are Bassman spinnerbaits in plain natural colours and Jackall TN60.

Ringwood customer, Ryan landed a good number of fish including redfin, perch and a small eel from Wonga Park. All were taken on scrubworms using ground Stimulate Berley.

Redfin have also been caught from under the bridge at Warrandyte and around Fitzsimmons Lane Bridge. Most of these catches occurred between 6-8pm. Copper bladed redfin attractors proving to be the most successful.

The upper Yarra between Doons Reserve and Warburton has had redfin and trout taken in areas with deep holes. Choose the cooler part of the day, preferably morning, after a couple of cloudy, cooler days.

The fish are still firing at our local lakes such as Ringwood, Lilydale, Sugarloaf and even across to Rowville. Scrubworms and small yabbies or PowerBait in pink and yellow colours will be the keys to success. Try giving the kids a Celta to flick and try their luck.

Had some success? Send me the details via email at --e-mail address hidden-- . Include the angler, species, where caught (you don’t need to give me all your secrets) and what bait, lure or flies you used.

For up to date Yarra Valley fishing information contact the boys at Compleat Angler in Ringwood on (03) 9870 7792 or better still drop in at 92 Maroondah Hwy– we’re open 7 days a week with plenty of top quality fresh bait and a great selection of freshwater gear.

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