February 2, 2005 will go down in history as the wettest day on record. A low-pressure system dumped up to 120mm of rain on Melbourne and in most parts of Victoria. This caused many of the rivers to discolour, and in some locations, it stopped the fishing.
Reports of the fishing in Lake Eildon are limited but the consensus is the water hasn’t been affected to a high degree by the rainfall, even though the inflow to the lake is 7700ML. Trolling is the only method working at present within the Delatite and Jamison Arms. Murray cod, yellowbelly, trout and redfin are all being taken on Stumpjumper lures, with the tooty-fruity pattern the most successful.
Before the rains hit there were many reports of big carp being caught within the Big River Arm on earthworms and scrubbies from the bank and out of a boat.
As I write, the fishing on the Pondage has come to a complete stop because the water is very dirty due to the high rainfall. Even after the heavy stocking of trout over the past couple of months, anglers still aren’t getting a touch. One report indicated that after six hours of fishing with all types of baits, no trout were taken. On the bright side, the Pondage will slowly clear and the fishing should restore to the point where baits such as earthworms, scrubbies, mudeyes and powerbait will take some of these big trout that lurk in the lake.
As I write the Goulburn has also come to a complete stop for all methods of fishing due to the dirty water run off. Presently the river flow is 500ML and has a water temperature of 12.5°, with a dissolved oxygen content of 9.2 parts per million.
Reports show that in certain areas of the river, trout have been found rising to small spinner hatches but fly fishermen have been unable to catch them. Again, as both the weather and the river clear, the irrigators will call for more water and the river level will slowly increase to about 5000ML. Bait fishermen will be the first to have success with earthworms; scrub worms are the most likely choice, with insect hatches starting to bring success to fly-fishermen.
The high rainfall reports show that the Rubicon is just a little discoloured, but clear enough for fishing and as I write, the river water level is starting to drop.
Fishing has been fair to good with fly fishermen taking trout to a pound on weighted nymph patterns. Fishing hopper patterns like the Nobby Hopper in a size 10 is also accounting for the odd trout to a pound. Bait fishermen are also taking similar sized trout on earthworms, scrubbies and maggots.
The coming month will see hoppers continue to be the trout’s main menu item and the evening period should be good for dry flyfishing with size 16 Baetis emerging nymphs, duns and spinners.
Reports indicate that the river within the lower reaches is particularly dirty and only worthwhile to bait fishermen casting out earthworms, scrubbies and maggots.
Higher up the river towards Taggerty the river clears and small metal spinners like Celtas and weighted nymph patterns like pheasant tail nymphs are taking the odd small trout.
The higher you travel up the river, the clearer it becomes, producing excellent fishing conditions. The coming months will see the river continue to improve with bigger trout captures along the lower section of the river as the water lowers and clears.
Some good reports are coming from the Stevenson River at Buxton with the river running a little higher than normal due to the high rainfall. Despite this, some anglers are taking small to medium sized trout on worms, mudeyes, Celta Spinners, nymph patterns and wet beetle fly patterns.
Come evening, some hatches have occurred, bringing the odd trout to the surface.
The coming month will see the evening insect hatches increase and throughout the day terrestrial beetles, hoppers and ants will create better fishing opportunities.
Before the rain hit the Delatite was fishing very well to weighted nymph patterns and beetle dry fly patterns. I haven’t found out about the condition of the river since the rain, but I’d imagine that it would be running high and a little fast. If this is the case, heavily weighted wet flies and casting lures will produce a trout or two.
The coming month will see the river slow and come back to normal conditions, which means that fly fishermen should try nymphs and beetle patterns while bait anglers are best off continuing with earthworms, scrubbies, mudeyes and maggots.
The Yea is not fishing well. It’s very dirty and bait fishermen are the only anglers likely to succeed, using worms and scrub worms. The coming month will see the river clear somewhat in the lower section, with the upper reaches clearing more quickly and opening up opportunities for other fishing methods.
From a recent report the King Parrot is running high and a little discoloured. The only anglers that are having success are bait fishermen who are casting out earthworms and scrubbies along the edge of the river. Most captures have been of trout to a pound and smaller redfin within the lower section of the creek. Of particular note is the spot where the King Parrot and the Goulburn River meet at Tralwool.
Nymphs - Size 12/10 gold bead head nymphs, weighted flashback nymphs, pheasant tail nymphs, weighted black seal fur nymphs and brown seal fur nymphs.
Caddis- Elk Hair Caddis, Goddard Caddis, Creel Caddis.
Mayfly- Size 18/16 Rusty brown Para Duns, Pale morning duns, Iron blue duns and Size 16 red and black spinners.
Wet fly - Size 10 l/s Clouser Minnows, size 10/8 Matukas, Woolly Buggers and Damsel Nymphs.
Termites- Yellow flying ant, yellow deer hair ant
Grasshoppers - Nobby Hoppers, Latex Hoppers, Banjo Hoppers.
Mepps Spinners; Tassie Devils- 49, 22, 44; Celta’s and Laser Lures; Min Min lures; Wee Wobblers; Strike Pro Pygmy-205/ 71; Raider 10 and Maniac 7 and Tassie Devils-No- 63/ 6/ 38.
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