Eildon fishing report

The rivers have all closed for 2019 and will reopen on the 6th of September 2019, and you may or may not realise that it’s not the Father’s day weekend this year but the week after. So with the rivers closed and the pondage and the lake open all year round here’s what’s been working lately.

Eildon pondage has been kept at a steady height of between 50and 70% while works are happening in the power station area, so we haven’t been experiencing the exceptional highs and lows that we expect. With that the trout have started to spread out a little and anglers have been having some success in the shallower areas, Bourke st has been one of the best areas to target as well as the rear of the Eildon pondage caravan park, the best lures are still; the gold krocs and pink Tassie devils, and bait wise local dough, power bait in the chunky cheese, salmon egg, and rainbow as well as the odd brown taking a scrubby on a paternoster rig.

Up in the lake brown trout are still hitting the clown, phosphorous pearl, and pink Tassie devils as well as the small hard bodies such as the spotted dog Rapalas, and the Daiwa doctor minnows, The far side of the main arm, big river arm, Goughs bay and Jerusalem creeks are the areas you need to hit if you’re chasing trout. Red fin are about but you’ll either need to have patience in finding them or hit your old reliable spots, but to get you a bit closer try Goughs bay area using soft plastics, or scrubbies on the far side of the main arm. A few reports of the odd 4lber have come in recently also. Murray cod have been taking the deep diving red and black lures, and the thirsty surface lures before sunup and well into the night around Goughs bay the main arm and Jerusalem creek. Around the marinas the Murray cods preferred diet lately has been lamb or chicken filets but try anything I’m sure they won’t be to choosey.

Catch you later


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.