Trolling continues to take trout in the lake and the pondage is producing some big fish for bait, lure and fly anglers, despite a lower than usual level.
Reports from Lake Eildon (currently 28%) indicate good fishing for anglers trolling from boats. They’ve been rewarded with brown trout and rainbow trout between 2 and 3 pounds.
Trolling Tasmanian Devils and StumpJumpers down deep has been the best fishing method. Jerusalem Creek, Fraser National Park and the Big River arm are still productive.
Shore-based anglers along the Big River arm are finding it tough but the odd brown trout and rainbow trout are succumbing to the humble earthworm fished on the bottom.
The fishing over the next month will remain much the same with trolling from a boat the best producer.
The pondage water level is at 21% and fishermen are still reporting good-sized trout up to 2kg.
Most trout have been caught on scrubworms and PowerBait in the orange colour. Gold and black Tasmanian Devils cast from the bank have also been effective.
Flyfishers are doing a little better with some taking trout up to 7lb. I’ve been reliably informed that the best fly patterns are the Dirty Harry and Black Matukas.
The latest news indicates that in mid-July Fisheries Victoria released another 400 big trout into the pondage. They ranged between 1 and 3kg each. These fish have been tagged as part of a research project on the effectiveness of the current stocking regime. Please note the tag number of any trout you catch and ring the phone number on the tag, taking note of when and where the fish was caught. By all means keep the tagged fish if you wish (within the bag limit of 5) but just make sure to report its capture so that the research is as accurate as possible.
The coming month at the pondage is unlikely to see much change, other than possibly the water level.
The Goulburn River and its feeder streams remain closed to all hook and line fishing until the first weekend of September due to the trout closed season. If you come across any illegal fishing activity please phone the Fisheries hotline on 133 474.Reads: 1033