Lake Eildon is doing well at the moment with a number of trout, Murray cod and yellow belly being reported. The lake has steadied at a little over the 35% mark and will start to rise over the next few months; this will certainly fire things up even more. Good size brown trout many over 35cm are talking the old reliable Tassie devils at varying depths but no need to be too deep, pinks, purples, clown and even the Orange colours are working well.

The mouth of Big River, the main arm, Coller bay and Jerusalem creek are the best areas to target for these guys. Here’s one out of the blue for you the best Murray cod taken in the lake Eildon fishing challenge went 102cm and was taken on a surf rod by an angler using a PILCHARD for bait, just goes to show eh. But they are taking scrubbies close to the banks, while trolling deep diving lure in a variety of colours are also working, for the keen angler if you get out in the main arm from 3.00am through to midmorning then give dark surface lure a crack. Yellow belly are hitting scrubbies amongst the trees and bibles crank baits on the troll.

The pondage has been a little slow but anglers fishing early to midmorning are picking up a few ex brood stock getting up to the 4kg mark down along Bourke st and the gold krocs and spoon lures are the definite winners there. Goulburn Murray water have informed me that there are maintenance works being done for a few weeks and the pondage the average height will be around 55%,so no major changes in level means anglers can set themselves up for this.
The Goulburn River is running at 400 Meg at the moment and producing nice rainbow trout up to 4kg all the way from Eildon to Molesworth on scrubbies, flies small hard bodies and soft plastics, brown trout up to 52cm are also being caught as well. The smaller rivers have been doing well, mainly small fellas but there are a few rainbows and browns trying to spawn at the moment. Small jointed hard bodies, scrubbies, bladed lures and nymph pattern flies are working in these rivers.

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.