Lake Eildon is sitting at a little over 30% capacity and is on the rise. This increase has occurred due to good rainfall in the area with 22.8mm recorded in just one day. If this continues the summer months ahead look good.
The fishing over the past month has been productive, with boat anglers getting the best results working lures and baits with downriggers. Just a few days ago, one angler downrigging worms caught a beautiful brown trout of 6lb when trolling around the submerged trees. Most of the trout have been between 3 and 4lb and most have been taken on StumpJumpers and Tasmanian Devils in pink, gold and black.
Shore-based anglers are finding the fishing harder but some are having success, taking trout on earthworms and pink PowerBait. The best fishing areas have been in the Big River Arm, Jerusalem Creek and the Main Arm, near the powerlines.
It’s interesting to see the absence of native fish in anglers’ catches at this time of year but this should change with the warmer months just around the corner.
There’s been mixed success with many reports indicating that it’s been unproductive for many hours of hard work. Earlier in the month, discoloured water meant the only winners were bait fishermen using earthworms, scrubbies and PowerBait. But as soon as the water cleared, the fishing improved to the point where some anglers returned home with double figure trout! These captures were mostly taken using silver wobbler-style lures.
Reports to hand indicate that the fishing has slowed a little but the odd angler is still taking trout between 4 and 5lb on worms, PowerBait, homemade dough and maggots fished under a float.
Flyfishers are finding it tough, with the only success coming to those working big wet flies. If the weather conditions are mirror calm then try some midge patterns.
For the opening day of the season, fishers will probably find the river with a low flow of 130 megalitres, which will expose gravel beds along the river. This is an important factor, as the trout, which have been undisturbed for the past three months, will flee when their lateral lines sense vibrations from anglers walking across the gravel. So approach the riverbank with care and, if possible, cast from a distance.
Bait anglers will have the most success, especially if the water is discoloured. Recommended baits are earthworms, scrubbies, maggots and PowerBait, all best fished on the bottom with a running sinker rig.
Lure fishermen will have most success with small bladed spinners fished quickly to avoid any snags.
Flyfishers who use weighted nymph patterns worked very slowly will succeed. Have a few dry flies with you in case you arrive to nice weather.
More than likely anglers will find the feeder streams running fast and cold. They may not be worth the effort.
It might pay to take out your baits, such as worms and maggots, and fish them in the quieter backwaters away from the main flow.
If you’re casting lures, select the heavier ones such as silver wobblers and small Tassie Devils and work them back against the water flow.
Flyfishers will again get the best results with weighted nymph patterns.Reads: 460