Eildon region still great!

The Eildon region has been fishing great for all options at the moment. The yellowbelly fishing towards the top end of the lake around Bonnie Doon has been fairly good if you can get your hands on medium sized freshwater yabbies, or for the more mobile there have been a few lure styles working well – both landbased and from the boat or kayak.

The cod fishing has been it’s pretty usual self – the results are there for anglers sticking it out and casting away. The trout rivers in the area have also been very good, with an extra top up of rain really getting the fish to bite – if you can pinpoint the water they’re sitting in. During periods of higher flow the fish will be especially sitting out of main current flows, including back eddies and current seams.

Customer Tommy fished the lake recently on his solo cod journey. While not an easy journey – Tommy has found success more consistently over recent trips, with cod coming aboard the boat a lot more often. Tommy has been using a mixture of live sonar and ‘educated casting’ to find his fish – with a mixture of lures working well. Chatterbaits and heavier rigged soft swimbaits have been effective for him.

Customer Vito fished the lake during the week and landed a really solid cod. Vito was fishing the low light period which is a prime hunting time for the cod – especially the larger fish. A rigged 8 inch soft swimbait was the undoing of this nice healthy fish. Just make sure they’re swimming on a level plane if you’re using pre-rigged versions!

Customers Mark and Cip fished along the Goulburn and also Eildon pondage recently with their families. The boys took the kids fishing using coarse methods, which were very successful. If you haven’t yet tried this method for stocked trout it’s a real game changer – and worth investing in the correct gear to do so. There were some lovely fish to around 6lb caught on various colours of powerbait once a berley trail and feeder rig were employed.

Customer Alen fished the Goulburn river around Thornton last week using his newly purchased finesse outfit. Alen fished some of the quieter water using small bibbed hardbodies in various diving depths – with the 60mm double clutch being one of the more effective offerings. Slightly dirtier water called for a bit of extra flash from anything with a gold/silver flank.

Jarrod from Compleat Angler head office went for a drive above Eildon to walk in around some of the rivers last week. Jarrod worked his way up the Goulburn and found of beautiful little stream trout. Jarrod fished a mixture of lures but found small bladed spinners and suspending hardbodies to be the most effective options. More subtle colour patterns with small amounts of dull flash were also the choice in amongst the clear water.