Keep a Weather Eye Out for Late Season Trout
  |  First Published: June 2006

Here in West Gippsland, it seems to have rained every day in living memory! I’m told it’s much the same in the south of the region. Rain, rain and more rain – and for trout fishermen that spells trouble!

Not only does the cold and wet weather make it an unattractive proposition to leave the warmth of the Coonara, but you’re likely to find your chosen water unfishable when you get there.

As a result, there have been few trout anglers out and about in the last month, and even fewer with any success to report. Even the ever-reliable Wally Ronalds has hung up his fly rod to concentrate on the briny – and as far as I’m concerned that’s a pretty good barometer!

Yesterday I logged onto to the Bureau of Meteorology website (www.bom.gov.au ) to check out how much rain there had been and was, as I suspected, greeted by reports of many rain days and rising rivers across the board. I’ve used this site before for weather reports, but as I delved more deeply it occurred to me that this site is a very valuable resource for anglers.

It has up-to-the-hour reports of rainfall in specific locations plus details of river conditions. In Gippsland, where the timing of your fishing trip in relation to the weather is critical for success, checking this information before leaving home could save you a lot of wasted time. It has reports for all of Australia too, not just Gippsland.

One fishing report I do have is of some nice brown trout taken from the Tarago River. At this time of year there are usually big trout, of 1kg or more, in the sections of the Tarago River both upstream and downstream of the reservoir (unfortunately no fishing is allowed in the reservoir itself). Downstream of the dam these spawning fish migrate upstream only to have their progress blocked by the dam wall. There is a nice section of fishable water accessible from the road that crosses the river below the Tarago Reservoir Reserve.

Looking back at my report from this time last year I see we were also catching some nice fish elsewhere around the region when the conditions allowed. By the time this goes to press, anglers will have two weeks at the most to get a final riverine trout fix before the season ends. Gippsland is nice and handy for most of the state’s population, so keep an eye on the weather and make a dash for some last-minute trout fishing if you get a chance.

In between downpours, there’s still trout to be caught in West Gippsland before the riverine closed season begins at the end of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

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