Tanjil Tempters
  |  First Published: May 2007

The rains have certainly come to many parts of central Gippsland, much to the delight of anglers. This influx of water means that most of our small streams have a consistent flow, which eases the pressure on the resident trout.

Of course the Macalister seems to be off limits for at least a while to come, although the top reaches of it appear to be fishable. I was surprised to hear a couple of good fishing reports from areas above the Barkley Junction, which is fantastic!

Due to the reduction of angling pressure on the more popular fishing streams that were affected by the fire, the Tanjil has suddenly been inundated with anglers. It seems every second person coming into the shop has been fishing or is about to fish the Tanjil. And with the huge numbers of trout that this river is producing, who can blame them?

Below Blue Rock Dam

Ashdowns Road is copping an absolute flogging and has produced some awesome trout – plenty of fish around 1-1.5kg. The pressure has taken its toll though, and reports of larger trout have been dropping off over the last week or two from this area of the Tanjil.

Despite this, there will probably be an influx of more large fish travelling up the river to spawn in the next month and through winter. I urge people to release these larger trout, because the produce much more eggs than the small fish. It is also better to have a river with a few larger fish than one with millions of little fish, as there is greater competition for food as trout numbers increase. This will result in smaller fish and fewer eggs.

Because of this, I often encourage people to keep smaller trout and release the big ones. It kills me to hear reports of anglers releasing 10 little trout and keeping a big one over 50cm. It would be far better to take your bag limit of five small trout and release the big one.

Berkley 3” Power Minnows have been working a treat in this area, and the good thing abut these plastics is that they can be cut back if the fish are a bit finicky. Size 2 and 3 Celtas are also working well, as are the Vibrax Minnow spin lures.

Above Blue Rock Dam

The eastern branch is producing loads of trout on flies; some good trout up to 45cm have been taken with a stack of trout to 30cm mixed in. The warmer than average weather has meant dry flies are still working very well. The usual Royal Wulffs, Adams and spinners are working a treat. Bead head nymphs have been working well too. Celtas have been as good a lure as any, and so have the size 1 and 2 Mapso.

Traralgon Creek has been doing exceptionally well as it always does coming into April. The big fish have started moving up the creek so it is definitely worth a look.

For more information on fishing Central Gippsland, Contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on (03) 5174 8544.

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