Lake Eildon is certainly producing the goods for anglers at the moment, Murray Cod over the meter mark, Yellow belly up to 60cm and Brown trout 50cm plus and a few nice reddies 40 to 60cm, all made for a cracker of a cup weekend. One young angler landed a monster Cod of 104cm on corn, with others still having success picking them up to 95cm on purple, fruit salad, and frog pattern stump jumpers, spinnerbaits in similar colours but toss in black and gold for good measure.

Big yabbies and scrubbies from the bank have also picked up a few good cod as well. Towards Bonnie Doon and the Delatite arms Yellow belly are taking soft plastics, scrubbies, small yabbies and small trolled hard bodies. Trout are taking a variety of Tassie devils and bibbed lures in orange and yellow colours trolled between 5 and 15ft, throughout the lake. The odd nice Red fin has been picked up near Jerusalem creek on the troll. Over all the some of the best spots on the lake to target have been Goughs bay, Goulburn, Delatite and bonnie Doon arms, Jerusalem creek and the main arm.

Eildon pondage had another 100 ex brood stock trout released into it last week; they consisted of 50 brown trout and 50 Rainbow trout all averaging 3kg and a wide variety of baits and lure have been working well. Power bait in orange, rainbow, salmon eggs in yellow and orange, the local and homemade doughs, Tassie devils in pink, purple and frog patterns, the krocs in gold, black and gold, willow leaf and crab patterns, near nursery corner, Bourke st and the floating jetty mud eyes under float have done well. The best I’ve seen out of the pondage this week was a 12lb rainbow that was taken on a black and gold spoon lure by Ian Thompson

Down the Goulburn river most of the usual haunts are doing well, Gilmour’s bridge, Alexandra bridge and the Thornton beach, anglers once again have done well with the power baits, scrubbies, maggots and a variety flies, and small hard bodies. Quite a few of the larger rainbows being caught down the Goulburn river are still being identified as those that were released prior the rivers opening weekend. The Acheron, Taponga and big river has also produced some small but healthy browns and rainbows on celtas and small midge type flies as well as the old scrubbies.

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.