Time to Put your feet Up
  |  First Published: July 2006

I’ve got to admit that I’m struggling for something to report this month. The trout season for rivers closed at the end of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, but in effect the fishing stopped a while ago.

Cold, wet weather and rising, dirty waterways have seen all but the keenest local trout anglers turning their attention elsewhere.

I’ve scoured the region looking for a report but the best I can come up with is the sighting of some large brown trout (over 3kg) in the Tarago River upstream of the reservoir.

These are spawning fish that become active in the Tarago late in the season most years.

The trout season closure only applies to rivers, of course, but here in west and south Gippsland, that basically means no trout fishing for the average punter.

There are the Leongatha and Korrumburra reservoirs, which are not subject to seasonal closure, but to fish these waterways you must be a member of the Leongatha or Korumburra Angling Clubs. Membership is open to everyone. Contact Donald Wylie, Boston's Garage (03) 5655 1522 for more information about Korrumburra.

The other option for trout anglers is private waters. It seems that just about every decent dam in these parts has at some time been stocked with trout. Many of them provide excellent angling all year round. Access can again be a problem however, unless you have a contact with a local farmer.

So my advice to die hard trout anglers is to put your feet up! September’s not that far away, and with Collingwood doing worryingly well in the footy this year it gives everyone 15 other teams to support! If you need to, go tie some flies or something, because trout fishing options really are limited in this region over winter. Maybe it’s time to plan that trip to Dartmouth or Eildon?

If freshwater fishing really is your thing, don’t forget there are river blackfish to be encountered in most of the same rivers as trout. More on that next month. Until then, take some time out.

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