With the weather warming up around lake Eildon, the fishing activity on the lake is beginning to pick up. The yellow belly have started to move into shallower water, and are being caught at a depth of 2-3m trolling hard bodies and vibes, with purple being the stand out colour. Redfin are on fire at the moment with catches of 80+ fish being common, with the most successful method being jigging in depths of 6-10m of water around trees. Worms have been the most productive bait for the reddies, and hard and soft vibes such as the samaki thumper tails and strike pros have worked well. The trout are still on the bite, and have been caught flat lining small hard bodies and winged style lures, such as the oar-gee little rippers and Tassie devils in the colour pink. Plenty of big cod are being caught around the lake in the Delitite and Goulburn arms, with big yabbies and spinnerbaits in orange and greens being the best choice.
With trout season well and truly underway, the rivers are starting to produce some quality trout. The lower sections of the rivers, such as the Howqua, Delatite and Upper Goulburn have seen some bigger fish being caught, with several fish of 3lb being reported, and bigger fish being lost. The upper reaches of the rivers have been hit and miss, with some fisherman having little luck, but then others reporting good catches of both browns and rainbows of about a pound. The best lures so far have been spinners such as the gillies spina and bluefox in gold and red. Small hard bodies have also shown their worth with rapalas and oar-gee little rippers in natural trout patterns being the best choice. Fly fishing in the rivers has also been productive with fish being caught using double nymph rigs with flies such as pheasant tail and hare's ear nymphs.