Lake Eildon is starting to drop a little with irrigation and power demands, but is still holding well at around the 72% mark, with the recent hot weather the surface temperature is over the 25 degree mark. While the lake surface is still quite warm anglers prepared to get out there before sunrise have been picking up Murray cod up to 60cm on surface lures, but as things start to warm up assorted deep divers getting down to the 20ft mark have been the way to go if you’re chasing cod.
Red fin are still about in big numbers, you just have to work to find the schools but once you’re on you’ll be going home with a feed. The areas that have been doing well are Bonnie Doon, the Delatite arm, Italian bay, woolshed inlet, Goughs bay and Coller bay and the best baits have been scrubbies, and yabbies, baltic bobbers and trolling stump jumpers has also worked. Blade lures are working on Yellow belly near rocky out crops.
The Eildon pondage is still doing well for the recently stocked rainbow and brown trout around the 4lb mark, unweighted local dough and orange power bait is working well early down riverside drive and near the bridge when water levels are low. Crab pattern krocs, pegron minnows, and Tassie devils are working when the pondage is rising or full, near the floating jetty and at the rear of the Eildon caravan park. Bourke st is also worth targeting once the pondage has refilled and soft plastics have also picked up the odd trout in the same area.
The Goulburn river is still running at a cool 11degrees and fishing well, scrub worms, celtas and small hard bodies are still working well and only 10 feet from the bank. The smaller rivers and streams are producing small but healthy fish and the best time to have a crack is the cool of the morning or late afternoon.
Catch you next week