Rawlings Wins Dart Cup Open
  |  First Published: August 2005

Brrrr, it’s cold up here! Lots of snow and freezing rain is keeping some local anglers indoors, close to a nice warm fire and a hot toddy. What a lot of sooks! The rivers remain closed to fishing until September but there’s lots happening in the lakes from Mokoan near Benalla to Dartmouth and regions beyond.

At Falls Creek, Rocky Valley Reservoir and Pretty Valley Reservoir are both hopelessly snow-bound until the spring thaw comes around. But Lake Guy at Bogong Village is certainly worth a try at the moment. It sits right on the snow line and is accessible all year. Boaties trolling about 15-20m out and parallel to the bank often catch really big rainbow trout during August and into spring.

Mt Beauty pondage

The Mt Beauty Pondage is fairly quiet at the moment although a few anglers have been getting some good rainbow trout using a variety of methods.

Try fishing off the bank with wet flies during the day and, believe it or not, dries just before dark for a few rising fish. I can’t imagine what they’re rising to at this time of year.

Kiewa River

The Kiewa River at Tawonga is running clear and cold, yet to receive its full issue of annual snowmelt and spring rain. Lots of smaller trout were evident at the end of last season so there should be some interesting things happening about the time of the opening in September. Contact me regarding inexpensive accommodation if you’re coming up for the opening weekend.

Lake dartmouth

The annual Dart Cup fishing competition was held at Lake Dartmouth recently. This competition is organised each year by local stalwart, Lorrae Sexton, secretary of the Dartmouth Alpine Anglers Club.

The 320 entrants weighed in over 453 fish over the two-day competition. The biggest fish was a carp that went 3.4kg. The best trout was a rainbow that weighed just over 1.5kg. One thing about fishing clubs, they get exact fish weights every time don’t they?

The big prize of a boat with motor and trailer went to Neville Rawlings, overall winner of the Dart Cup Open. Interested teams and individuals can phone (02) 6072 4263 for information about next year’s cup.

Graeme Brown, my host at the Blue Duck Hotel at Anglers Rest, reports the area as being cold and quiet at the moment, although lots of trout are being seen moving along the Cobungra River, Bundarra River and upper Mitta Mitta River. These fish are probably returning from their spawning grounds further upstream. Graeme is adamant that the 2005/06 season will be the best in 20 years and is prepared to give reasons for saying so. Give him a call on (03) 5159 7220 if you want to pick his brains.

The Victoria River near Dinner Plain on the Great Alpine Road should fire up well in September for bait anglers. This stream, which flows into the Cobungra River, holds predominately brown trout to 2.5kg. Although a few remain, most of these big fish gradually move down the Cobungra into the larger waters of the upper Mitta Mitta River as summer progresses.

Like many others, Graeme believes that the Victorian trout fishing season should end a full month earlier, in mid-May, to give trout more time to spawn, unmolested by anglers. Some of us are talking about taking that thought further with Fisheries. What do you think about an earlier closure? Phone me on (03) 5754 1466 and voice your opinion.

Lake Mokoan

Lake Mokoan is very quiet at the moment, being altogether too cold for native fish. Two anglers recently fished the lake for three days and caught only a couple of redfin each day. On a positive note, the lake has risen considerably with all the rain but the fishing is definitely on hold.

For the latest fishing information for the alpine high country contact Geoff Lacey at Angling Expeditions Victoria on (03) 5754 1466 and check out the website at www.anglingvic.com.au.

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