While summer is not generally regarded as the peak time to fish for Trout, there has been some good action lately in most rivers and impoundments. Lake Eildon is fishing well for all species, Trout, Redfin, and natives such as Golden Perch and Murray Cod. Many regular customers enjoy fishing the lake at this time of year, and most are catching quality bags of Trout from the main lake and pondage on a variety of techniques.
Laszlo has been catching Trout up to 800g along with some large Carp fishing the Jerusalem Creek arm of the lake using Scrubworms and Powerbait Nuggets. Danny has also been fishing the Lake, mainly trolling small 7g tassies tight to the shoreline from Big River up towards Goughs Bay, and is being rewarded with plenty of Brown Trout averaging 300-500g, and also a few larger fish between 1-1.3kg. Most of the fish took bright yellows and whites and were more active earlier in the morning before the sun got directly overhead.
Up around Bonnie Doon, the Redfin fishing continues to be very good, with the average sized fish being around 300g which is good. Most anglers catching the larger fish are fishing larger baits of yabby or scrubworm and by doing this you can also catch a Cod or Yellowbelly, as customer Jim did. While he didnt plan on catching the 4lb Yellowbelly while fishing for Redfin he certainly wasn't complaining!
Closer to home, Sugarloaf Reservoir has been hit and miss for Redfin, anglers persisting with small spinners or soft plastics are still finding some fish. The key is to work the standing timber thoroughly, and if a school is found then stay in the area. Changing lure colour and profile can help in fooling the fish also.
The upper Yarra River around Warburton has been fishing well for Trout recently. The small flush of rain we received has dirtied the water slightly, but conditions for lure casting are still good with plenty of wadable water. Staff member Dylan has fished the area a bit recently, and recommends using hardbodies with gold or flash sides. Some of the better lures at the minute have been Ecogear MW62, Pontoon21 Gagagoon and Strike Pro Pygmys. With the warm conditions the Redfin have also become more active, and will hit the same lures. For the fly angler, French and Olive Bead-headed Nymphs are catching a lot of fish in the backwaters and slower pockets.
For anglers wanting to fish an easier technique but would rather not have to use live bait, the Gulp! Alive Crickets have been very effective on summer Trout. Simply fished with splitshot or using the aid of a bubble float, the Crickets work well drifting down through riffles and runs and also in the deeper pools of the rivers. Normally Grasshoppers and Crickets are on the menu for Trout during the warmer months of the year, so why not give the fish what they are looking for!