Lake Eildon has dropped below the 50% mark and with the last couple of months being very hot the surface temperature of the lake has been fluctuating between 24 and 28 degrees, so surface fishing for Murray cod has been worth a shot from dusk till dawn.

Brown and Rainbow trout up to 6lb have been caught in the main arm near the marinas on assorted Tassie devils but you do need to be using para vanes or down riggers to a depth of between 30 and 45 feet. Yellow belly are taking yabbies and scrubbies amongst the trees and on the troll its bib less crank baits and spinner baits in purples, greens and red fin patterns, And speaking of red fin they’re out and about with a few being caught up to the 4lb mark, it does take a bit of work to find them and only a few anglers have picked up large numbers, overall its yabbies and scrubbies amongst the trees that has been working but once you’re on try mixing it up with Baltic bobbers and soft plastics.

Lately the large Murray cod have gone a little quiet, but smaller cod up to 90cm are still taking spinnerbaits, stump jumpers, oar gees and other deep diving lures in black, reds, greens and the ever reliable purples. The best place to target them has been the main arm, Jerusalem creek, Coller bay, woolshed inlet and the Delatite, goughs bay and Goulburn arms.

The pondage has been well stocked over the last month or so with some huge brown and rainbow trout ex brood stock from the hatchery. One angler recently managed to land a rainbow that easily went 12lb plus using the local dough near the floating jetty. But the best results have been coming from riverside drive with anglers hitting the pondage on the flood and fishing the mud flats close to the bank using chunky cheese, orange, rainbow and sherbet power bait. Lure wise it’s the old faith full pink Tassie devils and the gold krocs that have been the winners. The back of the Eildon caravan park, Bourke st and cemetery point have also had some good trout picked up there as well.

The rivers have been varying in results as well, due to the water temps Big river has been warm and quiet, the Taponga river has had small brown and rainbow trout taking scrubbies and celta type lures, The Goulburn has been running high and very cool with anglers doing the best fishing close to the banks with scrubbies, soft plastics, small hard bodies and bladed lures. Between Eildon and Alexandra even the power bait has worked, on the fly its hopper, cricket, bead head nymphs and willow grub patterns that have been doing well.

Catch you in a couple of weeks

Gaz