The rivers and streams around Noojee are flowing extremely well for this time of the year.
The top spots to take the family over Easter are the Latrobe and Toorongo rivers. The Latrobe River in Noojee has been a productive river over the last six months, producing browns and rainbows of 300-500g. There have also been some beautiful kilo plus specimens caught around the junction of the Loch and Latrobe Rivers and downstream behind the Noojee Hotel.
The Latrobe River around Noojee also has some fantastic facilities to add to a day out fishing with plenty of picnic tables, a playground, barbecue rotunda and toilets.
The Toorongo River heading up to the Toorongo Falls is not only a great fishing spot but after you’ve wet the lines you can take a short walk up to the spectacular falls. There is great access to the river with free camping grounds, picnic tables and toilets. Heading downstream from the falls, the river meanders through farmland, which for most parts you can access for some fantastic and picturesque stream fishing.
There is an abundance of feed in the system from good stream flows and insect hatches over the summer-early autumn seasons and the fish are stacking on the weight. By far the simplest and best bait for the family to use are worms which can be bought at the milk bars in both Neerim South and Noojee or collect them yourself in the garden.
The main technique for fishing worms in the rivers is to go after the fish. Use a size 4 baitholder hook or smaller and attach a couple of split shot above the hook and cast it in the river as if you were using a lure. Cast upstream and let the worms flow with the current downstream. Retrieve and cast again and if no strikes then move on to the next spot and repeat.
Floating minnow styled hardbodied lures, spinner bladed lures and soft plastics are popular lures to use in these streams and are a great way to step up from using baits. Take one step further and flyfishing using beaded nymphs or dry flies on the slower streams is an even more exciting method to catching West Gippsland stream trout.
Many of the rivers around South Gippsland tend to favour the bait angler, although take a number of lures with you just in case an area opens up.
All of the rivers which flow out to the coastline hold trout, blackfish and eels. The general issue for fishing these streams is access to the water as the land can be steep (such as Lang Lang River) and there often isn’t any road access.
If you are keen on exploring these rivers, research the river on a map and don’t be shy to ask a farmer for permission to access to the river.
The Tarago River is once again a disappointment between Drouin West and the reservoir due to restricted water flows. Flows are very good above the reservoir so it’s well worth a fish there or from Drouin West to Labertouche where it flows into the Bunyip River.
The Bunyip is an excellent river closer to Melbourne and I’ll certainly be spending my time there over the next month. The other hotspot is the Tanjil River, which always produces good browns and rainbows and is a beautiful place to explore.
Make sure that if taking the family for a day fishing around here over Easter that you send me a report or photo and feel free to ask me any questions. Happy fishing!Reads: 1603