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May means Great Lake
  |  First Published: April 2010



May means that the brown trout season has come to a close till Saturday the 7th of August.

While for the dedicated brown trout angler our favourite waters are closed, we still have some gems to choose from in May, and a couple of stalwarts in June and July.

Great Lake doesn’t close these days, and the fishing which is available is very good, in spite of cold weather.

Apart from those wild days when snow, sleet and driving wind, we often get some lovely days of light wind, warm weather and perfect fishing conditions.

Last May the beetles kept hitting the water until the first big snow fall, and given some wonderful April weather we should still see that be the case. Midges will also continue to hatch on every calm and cloudy day, so slicks and windlanes are always worth a decent look.

Lure Fishing

Lure casters and trollers do the best on Great Lake during May, especially when focussing on the shores around the main spawning streams. The western side of Great Lake from the Bee Hives to Reynolds Neck will have a heap of fish either waiting to run up Liawenee Canal, or looking for an easy feed after they have finished spawning duties.

Post spawn browns tend to look for high protein food that is easy to find. As such the actively hunt out scud, of which Great Lake has quite a lot.

The shore in front of the Pub in Swan Bay has plenty of scud, as does the water around 10 feet deep off Boundary Bay, Christmas Bay and around Kangaroo Rocks. Galaxia are also a key part of the diet, and will always be around rocky shores.

Best lures are legion, however the Berkley Black and Gold T Tail is always very reliable. Match this to a 1/0 sized jig head with an 1/8th ounce head. This will give you both casting distance and get it down to the fish quickly.

Traditional winged lures are always a firm favourite, especially in black and gold and green, gold and red. The ever reliable Ashley spinners in green and gold have probably caught more fish than any other lure – just remember to match them with an anti-kink.

Flyfishers will either need to find some feeding fish or do the hard yards with sinking lines and big wet flies. On the right days the sight fishing can be wonderful – never as good as summer, but when the days are short it will have to do as a substitute.

Bays such as Tods Corner, Little Lake Bay and Swan Bay will have plenty of rainbow trout feeding as normal, which will include galaxia and midges.

Lake Burbury

Lake Burbury on the west coast is open all winter, and really fires in May. The midges in the wind lanes are very reliable, especially if there is a northerly pattern with a high pressure system. The fish here are mostly rainbows of less than a kilo, but always pull hard.

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