Lke Eildon is slowly back on the rise again, and the brown trout up to 50cm are on the chew, Flat line trolling Tassie devils has proven very productive over the last week. Towards Bonnie Doon they’re taking Phosphorous pearl, in the main arm, near the dam wall, Jerusalem creek and Fraser camping ground the Pinks have had the most success but the frog pattern has also chipped in for the odd on as well. Only a few Murray cod were reported and they were close in near the marinas on yabbies and the dam wall produced a couple on spinnerbaits. Yellow belly are taking scrubbies and small hard bodies and are moving in to the shallows with the water rising. Red fin are still being caught on scrubbies amongst the trees finding them is getting a little harder, but once you’re on good numbers can be picked up.

Eildon pondage is being kept reasonably high lately with irrigation demands being backed well off, power bait is still the best choice of baits, lemon twist near the back of the Eildon caravan park is picking up rainbows up to 2lb, while near the bridge its chunky cheese that landed a 5lb brown trout and the artificial salmon eggs are working well in both the pondage and down the Goulburn river as well. Lure wise pink Tassie and gold Kroc’s have also picked up a trout or two, and down near nursery corner a 3lb brown trout was taken on the fly.

The big action this week has been down the Goulburn River and the smaller estuaries that feed into it, Brown trout are trying to spawn and the rainbow trout are certainly paying them quite a bit of attention while they are. The brown trout are taking scrubbies, spotted dog, Kroc’s and small soft plastics, but a few nice ones were taken on the fly near the rear of blue gums over the last week. Snobs creek saw a nice 4.5lb rainbow trout on the old gold Kroc, the Rubicon River is also still very active for Brook trout as well. Most species in the rivers at the moment are taking interest in the spawning activities so the power bait salmon eggs are very much worth using, just remember that they are trying to breed for the future so if you land a fish that may not have spawned and you don’t need it take care in returning to the river.

Catch you next week

James Anderson
Author: James Anderson

Founder / Director of Lake Eildon Tourism, in operation since 1998 - James is a father of two, has a strong passion for the Lake Eildon area having grown up in Eildon - and today, heads a digital media agency - Turbo 360.