|goulburn valley & ballarat lakes with bruce smith
Dated: 17 December, 2009
The Goulburn River
Water release- 2000 m/l
Oxygen content- 10.5 ppm
The Goulburn River
The Goulburn is currently flowing at 2000 mega litres and is in good clear condition. The fishing presently is a little slow during the day, but on evening there has been some fantastic fishing for fly-fishermen. Caddis are hatching in good numbers and trout up 2lb are responding to them in excellent numbers. The best fly patterns have been size 16/14 elk hair caddis, creel caddis and olive elk hair's.
Eildon Level- 32.3 %
Rainfall-0.0 mm 24h past 7days-6.2mm
The main arm of the lake is producing Murray Cod to 4 kilos, yellowbelly to 3 kilos and Brown Trout to 1 kilo on trolled lures. Fishing along the bank of the lake is also producing nice sized trout to anglers fishing earthworms, scrubbies and powerbait.
The pondage water level is always up and down so ring the report number for an up to date asessment. Fishing wise the lake is producing Brown Trout up to 3 kilos when fishing pink powerbait and tasmanian devil lures.
Just a couple of reports of small trout taken on baits fished on the bottom, but the good news is baby grasshoppers are out and about, so hopper fishing is not to far away.
Ballarat and District Lakes
A good report from Andrew Scott who competed in the Stawell Fly-in which is a long running annual fly fishing competition. Andy said about twenty trout were weighed in with the biggest trout being a 3kilo trout taken by Dave Higgins. Most fish caught were taken on smelt patterns.
The fishing is a bit up and down but, most of the action has been trout smelting the edges so have some good smelt patterns on hand. Bait fishermen have had success using mudeyes under a float.
Reports still have it that the lake is producing good yellowbelly from the late afternoon till dark. The good old yabbie has been the best bait.
The lake is producing Brown Trout to 4lb when trolling Tasmanian Devil lures behind boats. Loch style fly-fishing is a little slow and a lot of worked is needed, but some Rainbow Trout to a kilo have been taken on smelt and damsel nymph flies.
West Barwon Dam
This lake is producing trout to bait fishermen fishing mudeyes under a bubble float.
This lake is producing brown and Rainbow Trout to 2lb when fishing mudeyes under a bubble float and to fly-fishermen fishing caterpillar flies on the surface.
Regards Bruce Smith.
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