|goulburn valley & ballarat lakes with bruce smith
Dated: 22 August, 2009
The Goulburn River
Water release- 130 m/l
Oxygen content-10.3 ppm
To all lovers of the flowing streams, the trout opening is only two weeks away and like every year it should be a good one. There's just something special about a big tailrace river and all those meandering streams. Can't Wait!
Eildon Level- 19.2 %
Rainfall - 2.0 mm
Lake Eildon continues to produce trout up 7lb to anglers fishing from the shore. All methods are working with bait fishrmen taking trout on scrub worms fished on the bottom and mudeyes fished under a float. Lure fishermen are doing particularly well with Tassie Devil lures, while fly-fishermen are having best results when working smelt pattern flies.
Sorry no reports, but at the time of writing the water level was at 48%.
The feeder streams are also closed to fishing and please if you see people fishing during our closed season inform fisheries or the police.
Ballarat and District Lakes
Emerald lake is producing Rainbow Trout to 30cm to bait fishermen fishing powerbait, worms, maggots and lures.
The latest report on Newlyn's indicates that the lake isn't fishing well, with only the odd big trout seen smelting.
The lake's water level has increased and is covering new ground, however the reports are only coming from the dam wall with trout caught on mudeyes and scrub worm. Still I wouldn't disregard walking and searching the back end of the lake at this time of the year and more particular this coming spring.
This lake near Bendigo is producing small Rainbow Trout and the odd big trout to bait fishermen fishing powerbait on the bottom .
The Barwon River
The Barwon River is still producing Australian Salmon and Trevally within the upper section of the estuary. recommended fly patterns are Clouser Minnows, D.N.A. squid flies and shrimp flies.
On a recent trip to the lake with Andrew Scott we sighted a small but promising number of trout and salmon smashing the water surface in their attempts to devoir the lakes bait fish. The fly-fishing from the boat was hard and a quick cast was needed but we both came up empty handed. Throughout the day we both fished likely looking areas blind fishing with baitfish flies, woolly buggers and clouser minnows. In the end, Andy had all the success taking 9 trout from a 3/4 of a pound to 2 pound on woolly bugger flies in the Olive Green.
Other anglers are reportedly doing well with fly-fishermen taking Brown Trout to 6 pound when drifting in a boat Loch style fishing.
Regards Bruce Smith.
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