|goulburn valley & ballarat lakes with bruce smith
Dated: 6 April, 2008
The Goulburn River
Water release- 2500 m/l
Oxygen content-7.5 ppm
Well the Goulburn's water has again changed by increasing to 2500 mega litres. The fishing at this level has its goods and bad's, but reports indicate that bait fishermen are taking trout up to 2lb when fishing earthworms and scrubbies on the bottom. Lure anglers are having some success with crocodile lures, while fly fishermen are only taking the odd trout on weighted nymph patterns. The gold bead head nymph is producing the beat results. The evening hatches have again dropped off and access is again limited due to the water flow rise. What can you expect when Goulburn Murray Water couldn't care what happen to the fishermen sport.
Eildon Level- 14.8 %
Rainfall - 0.0mm
Total Trout Fishing Centre reports that Lake Eildon is fishing well for trout in the 1lb to 4lb range. Trolling Tasmanian Devils in the gold/black silver/black and pink have produced the most success. The odd yellowbelly to 4lb has also been taken again lures are the best choice.
The pondage is fishing slow with only the odd small Rainbow Trout caught on powerbait.
The recent rains discoloured the river, but it has again cleared and improved the fishing. Throughout the day weighted nymph patterns have produced the most success, while the evening rise has seen sparse hatches of caddis which is bringing trout to the surface.
Buxton is still the place to go as bait fishermen are doing well catching brown and Rainbow Trout to 1lb on earthworms. Fly fishermen are also doing well when working weighted nymph patterns and drifting beetle dry flies.
Ballarat and District Lakes
Fly fishermen Paul Mc Garth and John Guljas fished the lake on the weekend and sighted a few trout moving along the shoreline, but weren't able to catch a trout. However other reports have indicated that bait fishermen are taking the odd trout and redfin on scrub worm.
St Georges Lake
John Guljas reports of small trout rising the midges around the back area of the lake and managed to catch one Brown Trout of 1lb, on a size 18 milly midge dry fly.
There have been some good reports of Autumn mayfly hatches on the lake, but sadly no trout have been rising to them. My guess is that the trout are their feeding but down on the bottom taking the ascending nymphs. They should be showing themselves at any tick of the clock. In the mean time fish deep with weighted nymph patterns.
Harcourt continues to produce trout to 2lb for bait fishermen drifting mudeyes under floats and to fly fishermen drifting mudeye fly patterns from early evening though to dark. Redfin are still being caught in good numbers.
Wartook is producing Brown and Rainbow Trout from 1lb to 4lb when trolling Tassie Devil lures in the deeper sections of the lake.
Anglers are still catching small beam on prawn baits, while saltwater fly-fishermen are also taking the same size beam on prawn fly patterns.
Regards Bruce Smith
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