|goulburn valley & ballarat lakes with bruce smith
Dated: 12 May, 2008
The Goulburn River
|The Goulburn at 1000 mega litres is nymphing well.|
Water release- 1000 m/l
Oxygen content-8.9 ppm
On mothers day I gave the Goulburn a fish and arrived to find the water had increased from 500 mega litres to 1000 mega litres. At 1000 the river still fishes brilliantly so I wasn't to fussed about it.
Throughout the day I had weather that was fantastic- Mild, overcast with not a breath of wind and in a short amount of time I was nymphing the many formed runs catching Brown Trout and rainbows up to 2lb. My successful nymph pattern was a size 12 (very heavy) gold bead head nymph drifted naturally. I sighted the odd mayfly dun hatch and seen the odd surface rise but the use of the dry fly was a non event.
Come evening the dun hatches increased only slightly bringing to the surface enough trout to keep me busy and I managed to catch a couple of trout on size 16 para duns before nature put the day to a close.
I have to admit I had a wonderful day especially during those times where I just sat by the waters edge and took in the fantastic views and heard nothing but silence and natures sounds.
Eildon Level- 13.4 %
Rainfall - 0.0mm
Good reports of brown and Rainbow Trout taken up to 22lb. Yep you read it right- 9 kilos. Ben from fishnet gave me this report and he added that it was taken while trolling lures. Other reports indicate that stumpjumper and Tasmanian devils are also taking trout up to 2lb again in the Big River Arm of the lake.
King Parrot Creek
|The lower King Parrot Creek 12-may-08|
The upper reach of the stream is producing Brown Trout to 1lb to bait fishermen using earthworms and scrubbies while lure anglers have taken the odd trout on red and black celta spinners. Fly fishermen have had some success working nymph patterns and beetle dry flies. The lower section of the river is low and not fishing as well.
Ballarat and District Lakes
Fishermen Ben from fishnet gave Malmsbury a fish just recently and told me that the lake was low but clear and even though they fished the lake for a long time they sighted no movement or caught any trout.
Latest report has it that the lake has been closed to fishing due to an algae bloom on the lake. They (Coliban Water) have even locked the gate to the car park and telling people they can't fish the lake. Why the hell they are doing this is beyond me because algae blooms are safe and won't affect the fish in the lake. There is something under hand going on here. (More later)
Wurdi Bulloc Reservoir
Some good reports of Brown Trout moving along the shoreline within the early morning and late evening periods . Anglers fishing tassie Devils are having the most success, while fly-fishermen are taking a few on the Tom Jones wet fly.
Lake Bullen Merri
Lake Bullen Merri continues to produce good brown and Rainbow Trout up 5lbs just from the edge of the drop offs. Bait fishermen are doing extremely well when fishing live baitfish down deep, while fly-fishermen are taking trout when working woolly buggers from the drop offs.
Lee Rayner reports that many anglers that are fishing the shoreline have caught big trout and salmon up to 6lb. Lures, flies and bait are all working with Hosey Rocks and the eastern shoreline the best locations.
Regards Bruce Smith
Fishnet Pro Angler
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