Lots of hot weather has affected fishing in the Victorian Alps this summer. Large trout have been hard to find with most going to ground during the hot days, coming out to feed only after the sun has gone down.
Despite this turn of events, anglers need not go home fishless. Live hoppers and crickets have proved irresistible to brown and rainbows to 400g in most rivers and streams.
Rocky Valley Reservoir is half full and has been providing excellent shore based fishing for bait anglers, with good rises at dusk on most evenings in the larger bays.
Pretty Valley Reservoir has been providing excellent flyfishing at dusk around the outflow end. Pretty Valley Creek is low at the outflow and not producing, but there’s better fishing further downstream at Bogong Village.
Lake Guy at Bogong Village is subject to hydroelectricity generating demands and is up one day, down the next. There have only been few anglers fishing it but those using bait from the shore have caught lots of rainbow trout to 400g. Lures and flies have also been effective at the inflow, near the tennis courts.
The east Kiewa River at Bogong Village has also fished extremely well, with many pan-sized rainbows caught during the day.
The pondage is in poor shape, with reports of a particularly nasty algae bloom, (not the blue-green variety), depriving the water and trout of oxygen.
The Kiewa from Mt Beauty to Coral Bank is in perfect condition and has been producing rainbow trout and browns to 750g, averaging 400g on bait, lures and flies. Rainbows to 1.5kg have been taken on dry flies after 10pm.
The best dry flies during the day have been size 12 to 14 white Wulffs, Red Tags, black or brown midges, black spinners, iron Blue Duns and just about any beetle pattern. They can be a bit larger at night.
Various weighted nymph patterns and stick caddis in sizes 10 to 12 have been good too. The west Kiewa is in excellent shape and has been producing rainbows to 450g, some slightly larger, on live hoppers and crickets, dry flies and small bladed lures during the day.
A few locals went swimming in the Kiewa River at Tawonga recently and, using snorkelling gear, saw many big trout in the deep pools, especially the one with the big rock resting half out of the water on the far bank, at the back of the Tawonga Reserve. The fish were under and behind large rocks that were scattered around the bottom. One bloke actually caught one of these large trout by tickling it – all 1.5kg of it!
The Ovens from Porepunkah to Germantown has been fishing well, producing rainbows to 400g on live bait and lures, with a few browns caught as well.
The upper Ovens at Freeburgh is flowing nicely and has been producing lots of rainbows to 300g on dry flies and live bait. The best fishing has been around Harrietville, near the dredge hole.
In early February, Aaron Scales from the Dartmouth Tavern reported that the lake had been fishing well with some good rainbows falling for a variety of baits, especially scrubworms, drifted from boats. Large lures trolled behind cowbells close to the trees had also been productive.
Although the warm weather and warming water have adversely trout fishing there have been some rainbows to 2kg taken on live bait after sundown. The warm water has also seen a few redfin caught.
Ted Barber from the Magorra Caravan park at Mitta Mitta – (03) 6072 3568 – reported that the lower Mitta was in deplorable condition in early February, with low flows and warm water out of Dartmouth. The fishing has been poor and even night fishing hasn’t been productive.
Snowy Creek was also low, warm and fishing poorly in early February.
Ted also reports that Murray cod have been caught at Eskdale on spinnerbaits.
Mokoan has been producing lots of yellowbelly and a few Murray cod. More and more fishing clubs are holding their fishing events at Mokoan. One angler took 7 yellas and 3 large cod in one afternoon recently.
Alpine fishing conditions can change very quickly, even in summer, so for the latest update phone Geoff Lacey at Angling Expeditions Victoria on (03) 5754 1466 or check out website www.anglingvic.com.auReads: 1980