Eildon pondage over the last month was stocked with over 500 ex brood stock, both brown and rainbow trout and some have been up the 12lb mark. Riverside drive has been the area to target when water levels are high and power baits, local dough, krocs, and pink Tassie devils are the way to go there, Eildon pondage Caravan Park has also done well for anglers particularly near the old boat ramp using similar methods. Near the floating pontoon, spider Mudeyes under float and local dough has had some success mainly when the pondage is up.

Down the Goulburn River, even though it has been running very high through irrigation entitlements anglers that are targeting within 3 feet of the bank and the flooded grassy flats are doing well, scrubbies, soft plastics, vibrax minnows and bladed lures have been the big winners. Being as warm as it has been the evening rise is seeing some nice trout being caught on hopper, midge, moth and streamer pattern flies. Gilmour’s bridge and the Rubicon River is a couple of great areas to have a crack with the fly rod.

Lake Eildon is doing well for natives at the moment even with rather high surface water temperatures being reported. Murray cod are taking purples, frog pattern and black in deep diving lures and spinnerbaits as well as cheese, yabbies and scrub worms from the banks and rocky out crops. Similar tactics are working for the yellow belly, trolling for trout you will need to be down a bit deeper using Tassie devils on Para vanes. Reddies are a bit of a mixed bag at the moment some with a few being of a quite reasonable size, near Fraser camping try the 10 metre mark around the trees, over in the Delatite and Howqua arms try a little shallower, but yabbies, scrubbies and soft plastics are what you’ll need.

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.