It’s that time of year again, the weather is beginning to warm up, the rivers are full and the lake is on the rise. This is some good news for the fish as well as the fisherman!
There were plenty of trout caught out in the lake this winter, and as the spring weather settles, there will still be plenty of opportunity to chase the trout in Eildon. The favourite lures of late would have to be the ‘clown’ pattern from the tassie devils, with flatlining these behind the boat being the most productive method. Last weekend also marked the opening of trout season, and the lucky few that were able to get out enjoyed some great fishing. Worms and lures saw a few fish landed, with small bright coloured spinners being the stand out. In the fly fishing department, bead head nymphs were the way to go. With the temperatures still on the cooler side the fish don’t seem to be looking skywards just yet. Bead head nymphs in pheasant tail and hare ears patterns under an indicator saw the most fish to the net
Lake Eildon is still a little cool for the yellowbelly to come on the chew, but as the warmer weather kicks in over the next few months we should see this change, with a similar situation being seen with the redfin. On the other hand, lake Nillacootie has been more productive on the yellowbelly front, with a few anglers having luck fishing worms and smaller yabbies from the bank.
For the Murray cod chasers out there, the lake has seen a few good fish landed lately. Bigger plastics and swimbaits have been productive, while spinnerbaits have been catching a few of the smaller cod in the lake. Just keep in mind that it is now closed season for Murray cod in all other waters than Lake Eildon in Victoria now.
Stay safe and get out there and enjoy the fishing!