The warm water temperatures have certainly kept the natives fired up in the lake with good size and numbers of both Murray cod and yellow belly being reported. Red fin and trout are also being picked up but you do need to be down quite a bit deeper.

Trout rainbows and brown trout up to 6lb have been taking gold and Tassie devils behind Para vanes trolled around the 40ft mark in the main arm. Murray cod were taking surface lures well after dark and into the early morning, but before the heat of the day stump jumpers oar gees and large bibbed lures in whites, greens and purples were the go.

Yellow belly and reddies near Fraser camping ground are taking scrubbies in 20 to 30 ft. of water amongst the trees, reports from other areas such as the Delatite, bonnie Doon and Howqua arms also had yellow belly and reddies taking soft plastics, worms, yabbies and slow trolled bib less crank baits.

The pondage has been up and down consistently lately with 9,500 meg going down the river, several nice size brown and rainbow trout up to 4kg have been caught with riverside drive and the rear of the Eildon pondage caravan park have been the most successful areas over the last week. Chunky cheese and a few other power baits, local dough, pink, frog and gold Tassie devils are all working with soft plastics picking also picking up a couple close to the pondage gates.

The a few of the rivers are running quite a bit warmer than normal and fishing has been slow in these rivers, the Goulburn as I have already mentioned is running at 9500 meg and very cool 12 degrees at the moment. One angler picked up a 5kg rainbow trout near Thornton while others using scrubbies and fishing within 5ft of the bank have been doing well for smaller browns and rainbows.

In both the Goulburn and Rubicon river fly anglers are having success on hopper, and bead head nymph patterns, the Taponga River is also worth a shot with small bladed lures.

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.