It seemed to take forever but trout season has finally arrived. The Saturday of the trout opening coincided with warmer weather and lots of anglers went fishing. The Sunday wasn’t as good with only the keenest of anglers willing to brave the wet and wind.
Traralgon Creek has been flowing well and running fairly clear. Steve and Dawn Angel had a fantastic session on the Saturday and managed some nice brown trout to 35cm on Celtas. Matt Read also did very well up high on Traralgon Creek. He caught six trout using soft plastics and gave lots of others a fright. Some of the fish were quite large for the creek. Young Lochie Gilbert and I had a great day up around the Koornalla region of Traralgon creek where we managed quite a few browns on soft plastics.
The plastics really do work well. The key is to use very light jigheads; anything from 1/32oz to 1/16oz is appropriate.
A few crayfish have started to show up and word is getting around as the cray pots have been walking out the door of the shop.
The Macalister River fished has been fishing very well despite its lower than normal level. Anglers managed brown trout to 35cm. Celtas and other bladed style lures were the most popular, but some of the fly guys managed trout on small dry flies such as Wulffs, Humpys and spinners. Smaller streamer patterns like Mrs Simpson’s and Tom Jones’ also produced a few trout.
Blue Rock has been a real surprise over the past month with large quantities of small brown trout being caught around the edges. The Willow Grove section has been the most productive area. Rod Booker reports that flyfishers using small dry flies up the Willow Grove end of the lake have been doing well.
Ray and Deacon Bishop and I have continued to score good-sized fish at Blue Rock on soft plastics. The fish certainly haven’t been large but the number of brownies around makes it all worthwhile. Hopefully I will have some more good stories next month – it’s shaping up to be a great season. Good Luck!
For more information on fishing Central Gippsland, contact Will at Allways Angling in Traralgon on (03) 5174 8544.
Lochie Gilbert with a nice brown trout from Traralgon Creek caught on soft plastic. Not bad for a 2-year-old!
Matt Read with a pearler of a brown trout caught on soft plastic.Reads: 595