|goulburn valley & ballarat lakes with bruce smith
Dated: 13 March, 2003
GOULBURN RIVER AND IT'S FEEDER STREAMS
Lake Eildon - 10.6 %
Lake inflow - 200 m/l.
Goulburn Leve -1800 m/l. increasing to 2000 m/l.
River Temp -18.9
River Oxy - 7.7
No rains fall for past 24 hours.
THE GOULBURN RIVER
The Goulburn is now starting to pick up with the cooler night temperatures and the great autumn fishing is now just around the corner.
The bait fishermen are taking the odd trout to a pound in size on earthworm and scrubbies with some course anglers doing well with maggots as baits. Lure fishermen are also taking the odd trout on lazar lures and the Celta spinners.
For the fly fishermen most success has come within the evening period, but the fly-fishing is hard due to the hatches of Caenis spinners that as most know are extremely small in size. Your dry fly imitation for these spinners will need to be a 20 or even 24 in size and additionally small diameter leaders will be needed.
I've personally been fishing 90% of the time in the Breakaway area and these small spinners plus small caddis have been the only insects that the trout are taking.
There has also a lot of small six inch trout in the Breakaway area which may (I'm not sure) have come from a trout farm escape.
But as I've said the better fly fishing is just around the corner.
THE RUBICON RIVER.
|Fly fisherman Craig Owen with a nice brown trout.|
Trout from a pound to two pound have still been taken on grasshopper patterns but this has definitely slowed down to the odd capture here and there.
Evening rises are fairly consistent with hatches of caddis mayfly and midges, but again the fly-fisherman will need to search the river for the most productive spots.
The only good reports I've received on the Acheron is to the bait fishermen using worms, scrubbies, maggots and powerbait within the lower section of the river.
Newlyn's water level has dropped to where islands are now showing which can normally make interesting fishing.
But at present the fishing is slow and on the few trips I've completed, I've seen no hatches with only the occasional sighting of smelting Brown Trout.
|Newlyns water is now at this level, showing island and the old road.|
Hepburn is in a very sad state with the water level at a dangerous stage. I think (and hope) that the trout will survive with the summer heat on its last legs.
As such the fishing is no good, but watch what happens when we receive some good rain.
I have no details at the moment but I've received a few report s that Murdeduke is fishing well. I will endeavour to get more details soon.
Well that's all I have in the way of fishing reports for now,
And remember you don't have to catch a trout to have a great day's fishing.
Regards Bruce Smith.
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