|goulburn valley & ballarat lakes with bruce smith
Dated: 29 December, 2006
Eildon Level- 12.5 %
Inflow –150 m/l
Rainfall Last 24h- 0.0 mm
Yellowbelly up to 2 kilos and the odd trout up to a kilo have been caught within the Jerusalem Creek arm of the lake when trawling Tassie Devil lures. Anglers fishing from the bank are also taking trout and redfin on powerbait, scrubbies and the humble earthworm. Also had a report of fly-fishermen taking trout from the shoreline of the Big River Arm on olive green woolly buggers.
The recent release of trout are now starting to be taken by the bait anglers with the use of maggots, powerbait, scrub worms. Fly anglers are also taking brown and Rainbow Trout when fishing big wet or attractor flies within the late afternoon and evening.
The Goulburn River
|Grasshoppers are the go. |
Water release-1500 mega litres
Oxygen content-7.7 ppm
the Goulburn River has again dropped, this time to 1500 mega litres. I personally haven’t fished the river at this new height, but I intend to make a trip up there real soon. Reports have indicated that the fishing is good with weighted nymph patterns and when fishing the river edge with grasshopper patterns. Bait anglers are also taking trout on earthworm’s, scrubbies and powerbait up to 1lb. However with the water temperature now at 17.9, I have concerns to the hot weather affecting the trout, I hope that the trout don’t become to stressed or even die due to a high temperature rise.
The Goulburn River at Shepparton is producing nice Murray Cod and Yellowbelly up to 4lb on lures.
Feeder Streams and Other Streams
Fly fishermen fishing grasshopper patterns are taking nice trout up to a pound, but success is really dependent on the locations fished; sections of the river with little or no grassy edges are to be avoided. Fishing the more grass abundant areas will produce the trout.
Best hopper patterns have been the Nobby hoppers and hackle hoppers in a size 12.
Hopper dry flies are also the go on this river, but the better fishing areas are a fair distance away from the access points with the best patterns again being Nobby Hoppers in a size 12. Bait anglers are also taking trout on natural hoppers drift on the surface.
Anglers fishing the lake are having excellent results when trawling down deep with Tassie Devil lures which has accounted for Brown Trout up to 3lb and rainbows to a kilo. Bait fishermen fishing from the bank are also taking trout to a kilo on earthworms, scrubbies and mudeyes.
(This report is two weeks old)
BALLARAT AND DISTRICT LAKES
|Harcourt best fished at last light. |
Bendigo Fly fishing club reports that the lake is still best fished on last light with mayfly spinner patterns and wet flies fished blind.
The lake water level is under the 10% mark and from reports isn’t fishing well to the fly anglers, even bait fishermen are finding it tuff, only catching the odd trout within the early morning on scrub worm.
Danger, danger, the lakes water level is down to 0.7% prey for rain!!!!
Regards Bruce Smith.
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