Eildon pondage is still fishing well for some anglers picking up their quota of large rainbows, although the strike rate has slowed a little and mixing it up and persistence are certainly required as well. The morning height has been around the 60% mark and with environmental flows starting on Monday 24th sept you can expect it to be up and down like a yoyo again. Orange power bait has been the most successful lately but rainbow, lemon twist and chunky cheese has also worked, scrubbies are working well in the pondage as far as live baits go. The footy oval, Bourke st, the pondage Caravan Park, cemetery point and riverside drive if it’s not flowing to hard are the best spots to target at the moment.

The Goulburn is also doing well for the large rainbows, and several up to the 7.5 kg mark are still being caught on worms, power bait, maggots, gold Celta type lures, small hard bodies and the motor oil soft plastics. Fly fishermen using caddis, and beetle pattern have also had success in the Rubicon, Acheron and Steavenson rivers, while up in the big river Fluoro vibrax spinners and scrubbies are the order of the day.

The Murray cod are starting to fire up again in the lake with a few reports of them being up to 110cm being caught up near the Goulburn arm on large yabbies, towards Jerusalem creek, the main arm and Wilson’s inlet large surface lures, swim baits and stump jumpers have also hooked up some very large cod as well. A few yellow belly are getting about and taking red and black spinner baits near the power lines and the brown trout up to 2lb are taking the smaller stump jumpers and Tassie devils in the brighter colours such as greens, yellows and pinks that are being flat line trolled.

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.