Eildon fishing report

A week on after the rivers reopened and the whole region is still a buzz with anglers, many have been successful in picking up their best ever catch and many new anglers have enjoyed landing their first. Some anglers have struggled, but over all those that have persisted and varied their tactics and their targeted areas have found luck.

The Goulburn River is still producing rainbow trout up to the 7.5kg mark and the best baits are power bait in the salmon egg, pink and rainbow, scrubbies, and maggots. In the lures soft plastics in black and gold, small hard bodies in the trout pattern, Celta type lures in bright colours like fluro yellow and orange, even the pink Tassie in the 7gm has worked down the river, fly fisherman have also enjoyed catching the larger rainbows as well. The smaller rivers and streams such as the Rubicon, Acheron, Steavenson, and Little river are also doing well with similar lures, but bait wise stick with worms or maggots.

The Eildon pondage is still being heavily fished and anglers are still catching rainbows averaging 5kg on power baits, a couple on scrubbies, soft plastics in the pink and brown trout pattern, the gold and crab pattern krocs as well. Anglers do need mix it up though sticking to the same bait or lure for too long with no success will become frustrating.

Up on the lake a few Murray cod are starting to fire up with one being caught on a surface lure going 110cm near Jerusalem creek, brown trout have slowed a little but flat lining Tassie devils in the bloody ripper, pink and frog pattern did see a few small but healthy ones picked up.

Just one more thing with all the attention the Goulburn is receiving at the moment remembers to treat fellow anglers with the same respect that you would like. Don’t crowd a fellow angler, if he’s having a bit of luck, it is called fishing and it does require an element of patience.

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.