Latest Fishing Report
On The Bite 23 Apr 2014
CONDITIONS ON THE IMPROVE
Well the Easter break gave most of us an opportunity to hit the water in search of a fish or two and while the weather wasn’t perfect there were still some great captures had from both the fresh and saltwater alike.
Freshwater reports dominated this week with quality fish to be had especially from the lakes, Toolondo excelled with trout to better than 3kg being taken on the ever popular bob n spoon lures, bait anglers found mudeye to be hard to go past.
Troy Anderson fished the Moorabool Reservoir, using small freshwater yabby for bait his tally of four redfin was impressive, especially with the largest weighing 2.2kg. Troy mentions another angler fishing close by caught a similar number of fish but all these were taken on scrub worm.
Lake Bullen Merri has been consistent with both trout and salmon to around 2kg being taken on Powerbait and mudeye, reports are that the best fishing has been occurring in the mornings and backing off as the day progresses, Asi Osmic sent me in a few photos of this weeks catch and there were a few quality fish landed.
Murray Cod expert Ross Virt took the family to the Loddon River over Easter and the kids Calista and Marquis certainly showed their dad up both landing 40cm Yellowbelly on lure along with a 60cm cod. Ross did eventually come into his own landing a 60 plus cm cod on fly.
Lake Wendouree at Ballarat has been the perfect location for those looking to fish for a trout in comfort, mudeye fished shallow under a float is the method with the better action occurring throughout the middle of the day.
Few reports have been coming in from West Barwon Dam but this week Guy Welsh fished the main wall with lure and landed a pair of trout both just over 1.5kg, lure used was the tassie devil in colour number 55.
We have seen some big carp being taken from the Barwon River around the Queens Park area, best bait has been either corn or bread, berley is a must and those seeing the best results are fishing unweighted baits.
Salmon remain a target favourite at present with numbers on the increase along the coast between Fairhaven and Apollo Bay. Lure is the best method with the rock platforms out fishing the beaches. Remember you need clean water to find salmon, this is generally easier to find on the high tides.
Good numbers of squid were to be found from the shallow grass beds along the Bellarine Peninsular, small jigs are required and expect the fishing to improve this weekend as the water clears.
Trevally are taking soft plastics in and around the Queenscliff Cut, fishing has been at its best an hour either side of high tide, unfortunately weed has been a problem at times but with patience you will see a period of clean water and this will make fishing a lot easier.
With some rough conditions anglers have found both gummy shark and quality snapper coming right on the bite. The best snapper fishing has come from Point Wilson to the Quarries but mainly after dark. As for the gummy shark fishing the Wilson Spit is the area but again after dark.
James Johnson fished the outer harbour spoil grounds off Hermsley with soft plastics for a mixed bag of fish, flathead to 900grams were had but it was the snapper that made the trip worth while, his best snapper weighed 4.6kg and was taken on a Gulp four inch minnow in the Peppered Prawn pattern.
Large amounts of bait fish within the bays has seen good numbers of salmon following, areas that have been best to look for the salmon have been Alcoa Pier, the Leopold spoil grounds and the outer edge of the Clifton Springs mussel lease, Casting small metal baitfish profile lures or soft plastics into the surface action will soon have you hooked up.
Currently one of the stand out fisheries has been the Barwon River estuary, mulloway have been taken in excellent numbers, while many are small and undersize it must also be mentioned that fish to around 6kg are being taken. While bait is working lure anglers have caught the better numbers of fish, vibes, plastics and deep diving minnows have all produced some hot sessions.
This weekend Lake Bullen Merri will be well worth your while, Powerbait fished on a running sinker rig is the go and there is no need to be on the water to early.
Also worth fishing is Lake Wendouree at Ballart, here mudeye is the bait and again no need to be at the lake early throughout the middle of the day is just fine.
Saltwater anglers should look to chase the big snapper that are on offer from the outer harbour, yes you need to fish after dark for the better results but with snapper to 8kg being taken the cold nights are worth while.
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