Bring on the cod
  |  First Published: November 2009

Early November saw some welcome rainfall in the Yarra catchment, which balanced out the heat wave that followed.

Areas higher up such as Warburton and Reefton had a good wash through with much of the debris from winter being cast aside as well as new food sources swept into the flow.

The conditions further down the river over the following couple of weeks improved the fishing conditions around Chirnside Park and Warrandyte.

With the water temperature now up, the trout have been a little harder to catch higher up the river around Warburton, with better results coming from around Chirnside Park and Warrandyte. For the fly angler, best flies are dry patterns such as Elk Hair caddis, Red Tag, Royal Humpy and Irresistibles.

Lillydale Lake

Lillydale Lake has been sporadic, firing on the overcast days and slowing down on the sunnier days. When using lures such as the Duel Rubber cast mudeye imitations, slow wind it so the lure just rolls off the lake bottom.

When using these lures and you get a hit that doesn’t stick, just stop winding. Let it sink to the bottom, count to five then start your retrieve. This will generally bringing the trout undone.

Powerbait has taken the occasional fish with small red worms and maggots fished on a feeder rig on a close drop-off to shore also doing well. The drop-off is the key, as the trout will move along these areas looking for food.

Coarse angling for Roach and Carp has also proven successful at Lillydale Lake. Maggots on a Saiko Black size 16 hook. Remember to always berley for these species.

Cod season

It has been a great build up to cod season opening with the water temperatures rising nicely. All emphasis is now being made towards this most sought after fish, including the staff and customers. Cod fishing can be done from the bank or from a canoe.

For the lure angler the areas that will produce the most success early in the season are the rock bars extending into the water. The reason for this is the rock warms in the sun and then heats the surrounding water, making the cod more active.

Most successful lures are Bassman spinnerbaits in most colours, Jackall TN60, the larger Doozers and OarGee lures.

Bait fishing is also effective with a bunch of scrubworms or a Bardi grub or small yabbies. Areas around the Warrandyte High school, Pound Bend, Alexandra Road, Sweenys Lane and Fitzsimmons Lane Bridge will be the easy access spots over the coming weeks.

Macquarie Perch

Macquarie Perch are found in similar areas to the cod, however the techniques differ.

Maccas tend to play with the bait. Use an open bail with a scrub worm on the end topped with red wrigglers on a size 6 Baitholder. With the bail open on the reel, there is less resistance and therefore a higher success rate.


A few reports of redfin have been given with the best spot being around the small island at the rapids at Warrandyte.

Best methods have been casting small Squidgy Fish in green grunter colours and Bassman 1/8 spinnerbaits in chartreuse colours.

Roger Miles will be presenting a Cod Fishing night in-store on Thursday 10 December, contact the store on (03) 9870 7792 for all bookings. Spots are limited so you will need to be quick.

For up to date fishing information, both fresh and saltwater, contact the boys at Compleat Angler in Ringwood on (03) 9870 7792 or better still drop in at 92 Maroondah Hwy– we’re open 7 days a week with plenty of top quality bait and a great selection of freshwater and saltwater gear.

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