Seasons end brings good sport
  |  First Published: March 2010

It’s the tail end of the season, but April can really turn it on with some beautiful, clear, sunny days, great wind lane feeders in the mornings and spectacular beetle rises during the days and afternoons.

Lake Meadowbank

Meadowbank has had some good fishing to midge feeders in the windlanes and reasonable orange spinner rises in the early afternoons.

In April the rainbows and a few browns will really work the windlanes and slicks feeding on chironomids and other insects caught in the scum.

The early mornings are the prime time but don't discount the evening rise either. After dark try a wet mudeye pattern around the bull rushes in the northern basin.

Trolling will be effective below the bridge and around the original riverbed and the moving water where the Derwent enters the lake.

Brady's, Binney and Tungatinah

A few Atlantics are still being caught, with a good mate having to chase a big Atlantic with his boat for fear of being spooled while trolling along the Brady's Sugarloaf shore recently! Unfortunately Graham lost the monster just as he was about to net it.

Keep an eye on the IFS web site, as there is sure to be another release of Atlantics coming into the Easter period.

Fly anglers will have reliable fishing to beetle feeders at all three waters on sunny April afternoons.

Some real hot spots in the system are where the interconnecting canals join the three waters. Some very good rainbows are caught in these areas on fly and lures.

When driving along the Binney wall and Brady's dam, slip your polaroids on and have the fly rod handy, as good browns love cruising here.

Bronte Lagoon

Bronte has been going through a quiet patch lately. The fishing will improve though as the water cools with the cooler April nights. Hopefully the fabled jassid will put in an appearance this year, which will really fire things up.

Buy or tie up some foam jassid imitations just in case. If you are caught out the ever-reliable Zulu will work as a jassid imitation to get you out of trouble.

Lake Echo

This lake has had some great windlane action on the right mornings and of course reliable fishing to beetle feeders, which will continue through April.

Clarence Weir

This little water is a great option if the weather goes pear shaped. Some good fish from Laughing Jack Lagoon were released down to the Clarence Weir this summer, so there are some very good fish in the Weir at the moment.

The water is a bit shallow for lures at this time of the year so the fly is the way to go, just be a bit careful of the soft bottom where the river enters the weir

Lake St Clair

Apart from the scenery the fishing is also spectacular at Lake St Clair.

Drifting and casting to the shore from a boat has been a good method with a size 12 Glister Tag being the killer pattern with most trout being around 750g. Polarising from the Frankland Beaches will also give up some nice fish.

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