It’s trouting time
  |  First Published: August 2009

Trout opening is upon us and all looks good for a great season ahead. The water clarity has been good and the amount of food sources around Wonga Park and Warrandyte in particular has been in excellent.

For the fly angler, good hatches have been reported from upper Warburton and around Woori Yallock. An early ‘spring’ has been responsible for much of the increased food sources.

The fly anglers are usually the first to test out trout opening. The best areas generally this early in the season will be Warburton and Woori Yallock, with early November seeing Warrandyte area starting to fire. Our Ringwood store specialist fly angler, Wayne is suggesting bead-head nymphs in olive and or brown with a Royal Wulff as an indicator for Warburton area in the early part of the season. The ideal conditions early in the season are late afternoon after a warm sunny day with an early insect rise.

Wayne also suggests using a floating line with a dry fly indicator rig comprising of either a Royal Wulff or Stimulator pattern with a nymph dropper, generally 50-90cm depending on water depth and strength of water flow. Using tungsten bead head nymphs are also a good idea as well as streamer patterns on their own. Don’t forget to dress up your dry flies with a floatant such as Gink and wear natural coloured clothing so you don’t spook the fish.

Lilydale Lake

Lilydale Lake continues to fish exceptionally well. Ringwood customer, Colin reported fishing a mudeye 3’ under a bubble float early morning last week and got 3 rainbow trout to around 1.8 kg. Also Ringwood customer Thomas got 5 trout to 1.3kg fishing late afternoon on the back wall fishing lightly weighted Powerbait micros in the smoke colour.

Anglers who like casting small floating minnows in the rivers and lakes, the Rapala F5 series is a good go with.

The F5 in Bleeding Copper Flash and the F5 in Yellow Perch are both ideal early season patterns. If you find the fish a bit shy, put a small lightly weighted soft plastic on. This technique usually brings the trout undone at Lilydale Lake.

Around this time of the year you should see some fantastic fish being caught on all or a combination of bait, lures and soft plastics.

When bait fishing in the windy conditions, particularly at Lilydale Lake, position yourself so the wind is coming from the back of you. Mudeyes under a bubble float would be the preferred bait early in the season, going through to small yabbies when the water temperature increases.

Berley is also necessary to tempt and bring the fish to your zone.

When the weather is calm fish a berley cage with a fine mist type berley to a swivel and a length of fluoro carbon leader in 6lb to a 18/20 size treble. The key with the treble hook is that the 3 hook points will secure the Powerbait, reducing the possibility of the fish on helping to stop the small picker fish from pinching your bait.

Fishing the shallower areas of the lake with this technique usually produces the goods, either morning or early afternoon when the sun is high in the sky and it’s very glary. Fishing the back wall using a CD5 in olive green Muddler with its natural tones is a good choice. 

The area around the weed beds at the boat ramp will prove to be the most successful for the trout and redfin and off the rocks for the carp. Carp will go for small scrubworms on a baitholder hook with a corn kernel as a sweetener.

Yarra River

Yarra River around Sweeney’s Lane in Eltham has also been fishing well. Simon reported getting two cod casting Nitro Spinnerbaits in purple around the snags towards late afternoon. The first cod measured 58cm and the other 85cm. The key to this success is putting scent on the propelling blades and to use 30lb green super tough leader.

Roach fishing is also fun this time of year. They are a great fish to catch because you are testing yourself against a fish on 4lb or lesser strength line and every movement it makes you can feel this.

Best areas for targeting roach is Lilydale and Rowville Lakes near the old playground as well as the Yarra anywhere from Warburton through to Warrandyte and Dandenong Creek around Jells Park and around the rear of the Basketball stadium at Dandenong.

Had some success? Send me the details via email at --e-mail address hidden-- . And include the angler, species, where caught (you don’t need to give me all your secrets) and what bait, lure or flies you used.

For up to date Yarra Valley fishing information contact the boys at Compleat Angler Ringwood on 03 9870 7792 or better still drop in at 92 Maroondah Hwy– or take Eastlink across to our Dandenong store at 29 Langhorne Street 03 9794 9397. Both stores open 7 days a week with plenty of top quality fresh bait and a great selection of freshwater gear.
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