Lilydale Lake Rainbows Entertain
  |  First Published: July 2006

The last weekend of the season saw some good-sized trout landed from the upper Yarra above Warburton with only the occasional reports filtering through from around Warrandyte and Templestowe.

With the rivers now closed to all trout fishing, anglers are targeting redfin, roach, carp, eels and freshwater crayfish.

Ross and Mat reported having a couple of successful days before the season closed, flyfishing the area above Warburton. Most success came on olive Muddlers and black Woolly Buggers. Both of the lads have gone into hibernation now, tying flies for the new season ahead, which kicks off at midnight on 1 September.

Sugarloaf Reservoir

Sugarloaf Reservoir has been fishing very well since late May for redfin with fish to 3lb taken. Early morning up until midday has been the most productive time to fish.

Perch patterned Rapalas and Squidgy Hot Tail Wrigglers in Silverfox have been the best of the lures. When using plastics try a slow and subtle retrieve with pauses that allow the lure to sink in between surges.

Lilydale Lake

The 1500 yearling rainbow trout that were released into Lilydale Lake by DPI recently has certainly improved the action at this local fishing hole.

The stocked fish took a few days to settle in, but Chris and son Tom reported having an enjoyable afternoon targeting the fish using the new Yo Zuri Live Bait Vibe Spinner Blade with the red translucent body. This lure is a blend of a minnow and bladed lure all in one and provides anglers with lots of versatility.

For junior anglers, such as 6-year-old Tom, a simple steady retrieve with lures of this kind is a great starting point. For the more advanced and adventurous anglers using the same lure with a skip and drop retrieve will maximise its performance.

Yarra River

The Yarra around Templestowe has seen some action with carp and roach taken recently. Cross stream bait drifting with large scrubworms and working areas close to structure should see you come up tight on some fish in July.

The area around Warrandyte continues to provide some fun for those anglers targeting eels. The optimum time is around dusk and the best spots have been the deep holes. Use a large scrubworm and a size 4 Youvella baitholder hook.

For up to date Yarra Valley fishing information contact the boys at Compleat Angler in Ringwood on (03) 9870 7792 or better still drop in at 92 Maroondah Hwy – we’re open 7 days a week with plenty of top quality fresh bait and a great selection of freshwater gear.

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