The Goulburn fishing festival fires up the new season and promises to be another cracker event, the tours of the snobs creek hatchery are always a winner, we’ve got Rex hunt the fishing ambassador have a chat and giving some guidance to new anglers as well as the volunteers at the casting clinics, the petting zoo, face painting, a roving magician and not to mention the fisheries 200 rod give-aways to the kids and many other random surprise prizes for the older anglers.

And with the rivers reopening again this Saturday the first of September, the Goulburn River and Eildon pondage will be well targeted especially with fisheries releasing 7 tonne of trout, of which there will be quite a few ex brood stock up to the 6 kilogram mark .
The pondage has been a little patchy this week but with the water level stabilising and the newly released trout it will certainly be firing up, local dough, power baits, krocs and pink Tassie devils will be the order of the day. Most areas such as Bourke st, the footy oval and riverside drive will be the best areas to target.

Up on the lake anglers have been doing well for healthy brown trout from the 1 lb mark up using the clown and pink pattern Tassie devils, the spotted dog rapalas, and the Daiwa minnows. The most successful areas have been the upper and lower big river arm, Goughs bay the delatite arm and the main arm. Murray cod have started to fire up with one being taken on a lamb chop in the Eildon marina and another very nice one being taken on spinner baits, scrubbies are also worth a shot with a couple being caught on them over the last two weeks. Red fin and yellow belly are still a little elusive but with the weather supposedly starting to warm up we should see these guys kicking around soon.

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.