No Winter Woes
  |  First Published: July 2009

In the past month we have seen some excellent winter fishing in and around the Ballarat district.

Most anglers that have ventured out in the cold and wet conditions have been rewarded for their efforts. The winter fishing action has been exciting with trout up to 8lb being caught and released. That should get the fair weather fishos thinking about getting their gear out and wetting a line.


Wartook Reservoir in the Grampians region has seen some fantastic winter trout fishing action. Wartook has proven to be one of the most consistent fisheries around the region mainly because it is stocked annually with trout and also has good water levels.

Philip Weigall has been flyfishing the lake over the past month or so catching the odd brown trout around the 3lb on midge fly patterns. Flyfishing from the shore on Phil’s last trip he scooped the pool catching one of the best looking male brown trout of 8lb you would ever see he caught and released the brown after a good long fight to live another day. The successful pattern was once again a midge pattern.

Lake Fyans

Lake Fyans has seen some excellent catches of trout and redfin. Vern Barby recently fished up there catching a nice brown trout of around the 2lb mark and losing another a bit bigger casting midge pattern whilst drifting across the lake in a boat. Vern also saw a few other larger fish feeding on midge on the surface. Some other flyfishers were very successful catching redfin up to 4.5lb on Woolly Bugger style fly patterns; also flyfishing out of a boat.

Lake Fyans is a very versatile fishery with all forms of angling methods successful. I can remember back to winter last year and some anglers caught plenty of redfin trolling and casting soft plastic lures from the boat and the shore. Fyans its well worth a look in the future.

Lake Jubilee

Last month I reported that my niece Kirra Ward caught a lovely fish from Lake Jubilee at Daylesford. She’s been at it again with another rainbow trout of 1.1kg caught on a worms and Powerbait suspended under a bubble float. As I mentioned last month Lake Jubilee was stocked with trout under the small waters program by Fisheries Victoria with excellent results for both Fisheries and the Victorian anglers.

The program is about to get started again with a number of small waters in and around Ballarat to be stocked with small and adult trout in the coming months.

Competition success

The Ballarat Fly Fishers and Bendigo Fly Fishers recently fished for the Goldfields trophy at the Eildon Pondage. The Pondage water level was fairly low but that didn’t stop the flyfishers catching a few trout, mainly rainbows around the 1.5lb mark. Russell Fisher landed the heaviest fish for the weekend and winning the goldfields trophy for the Ballarat Fly fishers club with a brown trout tipping the scales a little bit over 5lb. Russell caught this lovely male brown trout on a fly called a Baby Doll fished after dark on a floating line and a figure of eight slow retrieve.

Fishing over the next few months should be very rewarding to those anglers who head out and brave the elements. The waters I have mentioned above are only a few that will fish well and have done so in the past, other waters in the south west region of Victoria are of course Purrumbete, Bullen Merri and Wurdi Buloc and to the north Cairn Curran and Tullaroop Reservior

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