Report 25/5/17

Benalla Bait & Tackle
191 Bridge St
Benalla, Victoria
Ph: 03 5762 3704
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 25/5/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri May 26, 2017 4:43 pm

Lake Eildon:
65.29% steady
Fishing: 8.5/10.
Many locals have been enjoying some great fishing over the last few week. Weather its trout or Redfin they have both been very consistent. Most anglers are tree hopping for the Redfin. Worms and frozen shrimp have been the best baits. Targeting trees between 20-45ft have seen the best results. Blades and plastics have also been good hopping around the trees. We were over there on Monday and found a lot of Redfin hanging off underwater drop offs and river beds. Plastics like the squidgee prawn and atomic plazo's jerk minnow work the best while the strike pro blades also claimed a few. The trout have been consistent from the wall towards the howqua area, Probably due to water clarity. As usual pink and white tassies have been the go with the occasional fish taking an orange tassie. Bullet lures in roach and Redfin pattern have also seen a few fish caught. A few anglers have been chasing trout around Bonnie doon and the Delatite with less success but 2 reports of trout breaking leaders with one seen to be 5lb+.

Lake Dartmouth:
77.91% up 0.03% this week (steady)
Fishing: 9/10.
It's all gun ho up at dart at the moment with many locals having great sessions on the troll. We had an Angling club trip up there a fortnight ago with everybody catching a lot of trout. Talking to the other members we found that we were all catching 25-40cm trout and struggling to pick up fish over 40cm. One exception was Jeremy's 49cm brown but it would have struggled to make 2lb. In normal conditions the fish would weight 1.5-2kg. Let's hope that the rain we have recently had will get them on the chew and put on some condition and see some bigger fish. We personally found holographic worked best on the downrigger when it was overcast. We fished with one down on the thermocline and the other around 30ft. When it was sunny smashing pumpkin and kg special worked well on 3-4 colours of leadcore and 20-40ft on the downrigger. We did pick up a few others on silver and other variants of pink and orange but the named tassies were the most consistent. We did get a few on the surface but it was the first thing in the morning and the last hour of light.

Mulwala is still producing fish of late, most people I am talking to are getting them on the troll on red/black, pink /purple hardbodies like oar-gees, ac invaders and stumpys. The casters are targeting the shallows with big surface lures with some big fish coming up and having a go. Spinnerbaits through the day fished off the drop off of the river beds have also seen fish caught. Bait fishing with grubs, yabbies and chicken have been good up the top end of the lake.

Haven't heard much on Hume again, no doubt anglers are catching fish though.

Waranga has been consistent with a few Redfin over 40cm being caught on both yabbies and bigger blades. The caravan side of the lake has been popular with anglers and around harrimans area has also produced some good fishing.

Nillahcootie continues to underperform with reports of a few smaller yellas being caught on worms.

Benalla Bait & Tackle
191 Bridge St
Benalla, Victoria
Ph: (03) 5762 3704

Top: Shane Mackay has been persisting of recent and was finally rewarded with this 86cm caught using a mudeye happy wake.
Bottom left: Myself with a small yella that was caught at eildon while catching Redfin.
Bottom right: Fitchy with a nice brown caught trolling at Dartmouth recently.

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