Report 27/5/16

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Report 27/5/16

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri May 27, 2016 4:13 pm

Great to see rain falling around the traps the last few weeks. Most impoundments are steady or slowly rising. A few more inches if rain and we will see the lakes rise.

We are heading into out winter trading hours so after this weekend the trading hours will be:
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 8am-12pm
Sunday-Monday closed.
There will be limited stock available in the service station next door on the days off. This will include:
- hooks and sinkers
- bait
- popular coloured tassie devils and stump jumpers.
- maxima fishing line

Lake Eildon:
31.65% up 0.27% this week
Fishing: 6/10.
A few big cod have been caught on the troll recently. 70-100mm lures that dive 7m plus are your best bet. Most anglers are trolling 7.5-12m of water. Green/orange, pink/purple and black/pink are the better colours. The trout are still a bit slow but if the lake starts to rise at a consistent rate they should really turn on. White, pink and orange tassies are the most popular at the moment. Flatline early and late and through the day troll 3-5 colours of lead core and even try cowbells and worms if the water is a little dirty. Redfin are still patchy so continue to try around big river and howqua/goulburn spit. That where fishos seem to find them in any sort of numbers and size.

Lake Hume:
23.12% up 0.89%
Fishing: 6/10.
Much the same as Eildon. Once we see the lake consistently rise we will see the Redfin and trout become more active. Ebden area has been good for Redfin both on the troll and cast. The native fishing has been a little bit quiet with a local angler only getting one yella on worms amongst the trees around the mitta end. Yet to hear any trout news but I'd say there would be a few around.

Lake William hovell:
87.18% up 9.88% this week.
Fishing: 8/10.
Hovell is fishing really well at the moment due to the massive influx it has received over the last few week. Both bank fishing and trolling are producing fish. Bank fishers bait fishing with scrubbies are doing really well, a lot of smaller trout, Redfin and the occasional carp. If you feel like flicking a lure rapala cd5, bullet lure 5-0 sinking and plastics have been really good. Let your lure sink 6-8 seconds and crank her in with a few pauses. Try target water that isn't really deep as you have to let your lure sink even more. Where Evans creek comes in has been a good area for both bait and lure. Trollers using cowbells and worms are catching most the trout. Tassies in orange or brown have been ok also.

Lake Nillahcootie:
21.35% steady
Fishing:6/10.
The big fish are still there, just a bit more patience is required. Codger in the deep diving bib, 7.6m oar-gees, 70-90mm ac invaders and size 1 stumped are the go out there. Orange, pink/purple, red/black and green are all good colours. A few still being caught off the bank casting spinnerbaits, mostly between the boat ramp and the wall also along the red bank. Haven't heard much on bait.

Lake Dartmouth:
44.34% up 0.19% this week.
Fishing: 6.5/10
Darts still a bit hit and miss at the moment but if you crack a method you will be laughing! Many local anglers ventured up to dart last weekend and all caught fish. Downrigging, lead core and flatlining all caught fish. I think you need to think outside the box when you go through a tough/quiet patch. A few guys said that they were catching fish flatlining in the middle of the day. Goes to show that you can't guess what a trout is thinking. My brother was casting fish arrow soft plastics in a gudgeon colour and caught a few trout and heaps of hits and follows casting the banks around soldiers creek. They also caught half a dozen Macquarie perch off the bank at camp which is great to see. Tassie colours were orange/black, pink/purple, silver and holographic/red nose bomber.

The weekend looks prime and with more rain predicted we should see the trout really kick into gear!

Wade

Benalla Bait & Tackle
191 Bridge St
Benalla, Victoria
Ph: (03) 5762 3704
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Top: Jason Gladstone caught this beautiful rainbow up at dart on the troll. Bottom: Shane Mackay continues to land cod out of Nillahcootie.

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