Goulburn going well
  |  First Published: November 2007

Getting this month’s report in has not been an easy task, as illness over the last couple of weeks has not only kept me in bed but also away from the river. At least some people have been able to get out, and they have been generously rewarded for their efforts.

The Goulburn River has continued to produce the goods, with anglers taking mixed bags of brown and rainbow trout. Maggots have without doubt been the best bait, but worms and Powerbait are also taking their share of fish. The section of river from Thornton to Alexandra continues to be the best area. Don’t leave the lures at home either, as these are also taking fish, but you must be prepared to put in the time to achieve result. Small Rapala type lures are the best, followed by the Celta bladed spinners. From all reports it seems as though the flyfishers are having a hard time of it.

Closer to Seymour, anglers are taking some very good redfin. These fish are always a popular species in the Goulburn at this time of year, while anglers wait for the new cod season. Lures are working well, with most fish being taken by anglers targeting the lagoons and the edges of the weed banks. The section of river from Seymour to Nagambie Lake is best. This section is well populated by Murray cod, too, so if you do come up to have a go at the reddies, check the water out thoroughly and remember any worthwhile snags. It’s good to do this while the river is low, as these snags may well be covered in water come summer. All you need to do then is get up here when the cod season opens for some truly exceptional cod fishing.

Lake Mokoan, despite its problems, still attracts a reasonable number of anglers. Most fish are taken from the bank, but there are always the diehards who will still get a boat in no matter how hard it is. Up until now, results have been ordinary to say the least, but November is probably the best month to fish Mokoan – if you are looking for somewhere to try your luck on the golden perch, give Mokoan a try. Don’t be concerned if you are confined to fishing from the bank, as I believe Mokoan produces just as well from the bank as it does from a boat.

I haven’t had any reports from Lake Nillahcootie, but if we don’t get any significant rain and this lake clears up, then it is certainly the place to try if you like catching big redfin and golden perch on lures. We have found the Hotlips lures in green and red to be very good, with Manns15+ also very reliable. Work the lures in water around 4–5m for best results. Most of the usual redfin baits bobbed around the trees will also account for plenty of fish.

My main mission is to get back to 100% fitness ASAP and get back out on the water. Hope to see you out there.

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