Newlyn for bigger fish
  |  First Published: June 2009

For the few months it’s been pretty hard to find any action to report on in the Ballarat area. I have been reporting on angling action from far and wide from one end of the state to the other I am pleased to report we have some local reports of fish being caught and the anglers have been rewarded for their efforts.

Jubilee Lake

My sister recently took her three kids fishing over to fish Jubilee Lake at Daylesford about 30 minutes from Ballarat. Jubilee Lake is a great place to take the family with excellent facilities i.e. toilets, playground and BBQ. They also have paddle boats for hire as well if the fishing is quiet. Fisheries Victoria stocked Jubilee late last year as part of the small waters program with adult fish ranging up to 4kg. The stocking was very successful with anglers coming from far and wide to fish this small picturesque lake at Daylesford. My niece Kirra Ward who is only 5 years showed everyone up for the day landing a lovely rainbow trout around the 2.5lb on a shandy of Power Bait and worm suspended under a bubble float. Kirra now likes to tell everyone that “girls rule”.

Newlyn a great option

Newlyn reservoir has seen some excellent catches of brown trout and redfin of late. Newlyn has not received any stocking of trout for quite a few years now due to low water levels from the continuing drought, so I don’t think there is a large population of fish in the water, but they are certainly of quality. It just goes to prove how resilient and hardy our brown trout are under all sorts of climatic conditions.

Rick Sutherland fished Newlyn reservoir recently with excellent results. Rick fished along the western side of the reservoir that most anglers know as the ‘wall side’, with fly. Rick was casting Woolly Bugger fly patterns along the shoreline with no success when all of a sudden a trout started chasing smelt in front of him. Rick covered the fish time after time with no success but a change of fly to a weighted damselfly pattern resulted in him hooking and landing a lovely male brown trout of 6.5lb: certainly an excellent fish for this water

I have not heard of many that size being taken from there over the years. Rick continued to fish along the wall side of the lake as another fish started also chasing smelt. Rick seems to think the fish was around the same size but was not able to catch that one, but he as many others will be out there casting a fly, lure or bait knowing there is a few fish on the bite. Rick has also been catching a few small rainbows at nearby Cosgroves reservoir on fly, casting Woolly Buggers along the shoreline the rainbows are around the 1lb mark.

Other waters

Fishing in the Ballarat district over the winter months will be challenging due to the obvious reason lack of water and fish stocks but those anglers prepared rug up and brave the elements could be rewarded with some excellent catches.

There are good long range weather forecasts for rain, hail and snow in the next while, but those prepared to go out and wet a line have plenty of choices to choose from. Newlyn, Cosgroves, Tullaroop & Wartook Reservoirs Lakes Fyans, Belfield, Purrumbete, Bullen Merri, Wurdi Buloc are all worth a shot, as is the earlier mentioned Jubilee Lake at Daylesford.

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