Timely trout tempting

While trout season has ended for all rivers and streams apart from designated ones, there’s still been some quality catches going on in many of the lakes about the place. Eildon pondage has been producing some nice fish for those patiently using coarse methods – and if you’re out of town many of the northwestern lakes have had some ripper fish chasing smelt right up into the shorelines. This style of fishing is exciting as quality fish can be found aggressively hitting hardbodied minnows cast around the lake edges – ask us for the good oil on this!

Don’t forget that this upcoming school holidays should see some of your local suburban lakes topped up with trout – with some to receive some ‘stonkers’ ready to be caught! Keep your eye out on our facebook page for updated stocking info!

Customer Jon took son Flynn up to Eildon pondage after a gear top up from the shop and the boys struck success! Some nice trout were caught in a casual day trip fish with this 4kg rainbow being the standout. The boys stocked up on all things coarse including a deadly berley and loose feed mixture which really got the fish fired up! The best baits were a mixture of powerbait in two different colours, and locally made ‘super dough’. As simple as this form of bait can be, the small insights into gear selection and minor details make all the difference, and we’re glad the boys did well! Jon and Flynn fished the ever popular ‘Bourke Street’ section of the lower pondage.

Staff member Dylan hit the high country just before seasons’ close with mate Nick, and caught some nice wild trout. Conditions in the rivers and lakes were ‘too good’ with super clear and low water levels – the fish were super hard to tempt. A few different technique changes resulted in some success, with aggressive takes from fish that were previously bypassing offerings from a multitude of anglers. Daylight and clear water sessions were best fished a few key soft plastic options, and low light and night time fishing was super successful with big, bold and aggressive jerkbaiting techniques, with lures 90-150mm getting the attention. If this seems counterproductive to you, make sure you ask us about ‘reaction response’ trout fishing!