Lakes take on a new look
  |  First Published: March 2005

Cooler mornings and some nice, settled early Autumn weather should mean increased fishing possibilities and greater comfort levels.

Local lakes will take on a new look as a few more anglers begin to troll Tassie Devil-type lures. As I write, a few fish in Bullen Merri have already started to take the large Lofty’s Cobras in white and white with pink head colours.

The Bullen Merri bass have started to make their presence felt as well. The warm weather seems to be the turn-on for these fish with a few falling to deep-diving lures, plastics and even weighted flies.

Surprisingly, the best lures to date that I know of have been ice-jigs. Now I know the water is deep and cold but really, ice–jigs?

Bullen Merri suffered badly from an algae bloom over late January and early February but the fishing has still been good. Chinook salmon have been taking glassies in a berley trail in 17 metres of water. Fish over 4kg have been taken with plenty of smaller fish around 1.2kg keeping most anglers happy.

Purrumbete and Ellingamite have been turning up some nice browns and should continue to do so as we approach Easter. Rainbows to 1.5kg are starting to show up in Purrumbete, with a mudeye under a float the best method. Young Angus Koch’s lovely 2.5kg brown, taken on a mudeye from Purrumbete, is a fantastic first fish for him.

Local rivers continue to keep fly anglers happy. Areas that have recently had willow trees removed are proving very productive. Although the fish are generally small it is a pleasure to see these free-rising fish gulping down your dry flies. With most of these fish being returned, local fly anglers are guaranteeing that the fishing will remain good into the future.

The local blackfish population in the Gellibrand River is taking a bit of a hammering this season with some nice fish to 1.6kg caught. These monster blackfish have been taking yabbies and earthworms. With a by-catch of trout and eels, no one seems to be complaining.

Lake Colac has slowed for redfin and has also suffered from an algae bloom this Summer but visitors have been catching plenty of eels.

The West Barwon and Wurdi Bullock, both part of Geelong water supply, have been fishing well for trout. The fly anglers have been cashing in on the beetle hatch at Wurdi Bullock with some very nice browns being landed in the late evenings.

West Barwon seems to fishing best with Tassie Devils in the darker colours.

There are not many better ways to spend a day than trolling around Bullen Merri on a calm day with the sun just coming over the crater wall.

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