Since the rivers have opened there have been some great reports from all the rivers and the lake. I recently fished the Goulburn River at night for the first time this season, and the evening rise, although short, was brilliant. There were several fish rising to an impressive hatch of large duns.
Between several redfin reports and a few trout reports, the shining light comes from a couple of local blokes who found a large school of monster golden perch. They fished in Italian Bay after launching from Fraser’s Inlet. They used scrubworms that were cast and slowly retrieved over a ledge in the lakebed, and subsequently landed six ‘yellas’ up to 3kg. A couple of fish took them to the cleaners as well! The fish showed no interest in the stationary worm, instead the bait had to be moving. Soft plastics are also worth a try when they feed like that.
There have been good reports from regular reader Daniel Bouma who has had two recent trips on the Goulburn. Daniel uses Vibrax Blue Fox Spinners, Rapalas and Berkley 3” Minnows with which he has landed eight trout weighing up to 1.4kg. All were caught before lunchtime. It is good to have reports emailed through for others to hear about, so keep sending them through.
As mentioned earlier, my first experience this season was impressive, with two trout landed up to 450g. Now is a great time for flyfishers to fish the area before the river rises.
Both the Ruby and the Acheron rivers have produced good amounts of fish, with bead head nymphs being the most productive method. One angler got into six fish in one session of the upper Rubicon on a #14 bead head Pheasant Tail nymph. The low levels don’t allow for long leaders, and therefore require faster strikes.
Anglers casting lures have nailed several fish on both rivers, with an unconfirmed report of a 1.8kg brownie taking a Rapala from the bottom end of the Acheron (where the new access point is). It is a great area to target as it allows you to fish where the Acheron actually meets the Goulburn River.
The Pond is still offering good numbers of trout to lure casters and bait. Water clarity has been exceptional, so duller spoons have made a come back. Copper and black have really been getting noticed out there. The only monster that I have heard of was caught by a regular who landed a 3.6kg rainbow on gents, after a few hours of using berley. The angler had a good hit and run earlier, from a fish that took a liking to his #16 hook. The second fish came to the bank and then to the BBQ.
A report from another area might interest you. I cast a purple Bridgewater Spinnerbait on the Goulburn River just down from the Nagambie Weir. I didn’t give it a lot of effort and only put in five minutes or so. This was long enough to hook a solid silver perch from one of the several snags in the low water.
Keep the reports coming in and good luck fishing.Reads: 957