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Great Lake proves worthwhile
  |  First Published: May 2010



Even though June is pretty cold, the shore based fishing at Great Lake is good enough to ignore the cold.

June sees most of the brown trout population back in the lake with their spawning duties completed. These fish are looking for a high protein feed, and what better post-copulative tucker than some scud and Great Lake shrimp.

These scud beds in particular aren’t far from shore, enabling spin fishers and enthusiastic fly casters to reach them with a little effort. The best beds are along the western shore from Swan Bay all the way to Breona at the northern end of the lake. Access is pretty easy, especially in Swan Bay, which has rough but 2WD possible tracks right along the bay.

It is also close to the pub and the shop for a quick coffee and hot pie while your fingers thaw out.

Further along the lake at Boundary Bay there are some excellent shores to walk and cast from.

The best way to fish Great Lake at this time of year is to cast into the wind. Find the blowiest shore, tie on a heavy lure such as an Ashley Spinner, Tassie Devil or soft plastic rigged with 1/8th or 1/6th jig heads and cast it into the wind.

The fish will be on these shores in feeding mode as the wave action will stir up the scud, caddis and other bits, making it a good spot for a feed.

Let the lure sink a bit before retrieving, and keep the retrieve on the slower side of medium. Give the rod tip plenty of action, and if using plastics, keep the line tight as you give it a pause every now and again.

Best colours for the lures are yellow and black, and with plastics the ever-reliable black and gold Berkley T-Tail is fantastic.

Galaxia feeders

As June gets closer to July, anglers can expect trout to begin their focus on schools of galaxia along the shore. Trout will really belt the galaxia, and is the first sight fishing to be had since the last of the beetles left in May.

Again look for shores with a bit of wind blowing onto, or along it which will help to push the galaxia into the bank.

The eastern side of Swan Bay is a reliable hot spot for this sort of fishing, as is the shores on either side of the dam wall.

This where fly fishers can do very well, as slow fished black Woolly Buggers will tempt trout between smash and grab raids better than plastics. If you are game, casting the Japanese hardbodies used by the bream nuts will also do very well, especially the suspending versions. This is no surprise really; the Japanese design them for trout! Lures such as the Ecogear MX62, Daiwa Presso and Dr Trout are all top lures for this style of fishing.

If you were very keen you’d even try a surface ‘walk-the-dog’ style lure such as a Mega Bass Dog X Junior late of an evening as well – you’d be very surprised at the results.

Kim with the results of a winter spin session with her partner Carl Ford from Tackle Us at Kingston. Carl was relegated to camera duties as Kim was having too much fun with the spin rod. Photo courtesy Carl Ford.

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