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Benalla Bait & Tackle
191 Bridge St
Benalla, Victoria
Ph: 03 5762 3704
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Nicole Penfold
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Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:46 pm

Spring is officially here! With this comes the end of the cod season ( excluding Eildon) and the start of the trout season.

Father's Day / Spring sale starts today and finishes Saturday afternoon. Some great specials on offer.

Lake Dartmouth:
81.79% up 0.36% this week
Fishing: 7.5/10.
A group of local anglers enjoyed some good fishing up at dart last weekend. Bags consisted from 4+ fish a day. A lot of fish were on the smaller size with the occasional fish going over 40cm. Winged lures did most the damage with smashing pumpkins being the standout. White and silver variants were also quite consistent. Most fish were caught flatlining and leadcoring 3-5 colours in the main basin.

Lake Hume:
88.24% up 1.81% this week.
Fishing: 7.5/10
Hume is still the place to go if your wanting to hook up to above average trout. Phil is actually up there today and has reported that he has landed one around 2lb and dropped 2 which one was a solid fish. He is getting most of his action on the clown tassie on both flatline and leadcore. He is fishing around kookaburra point. Anglers trolling the edges with small profile deep diving lures are picking up the occasional Redfin. There is a more than likely chance that you will pick up a trout while doing this. As stated in previous posts a lot of big trout get caught on hardbodys. Try and target windblown banks and windlanes if your chasing a trout.

Lake Eildon:
68.61% up 1.11% this week.
Fishing: 7/10.
Eildon is looking great at the moment with the lake fishing quite well on all species. Redfin and yellas are being picked up amongst the trees on bait and plastics. Most reports have come from the Delatite side of the lake. The water Clarity is slowly improving and is surprising that the trolling in the dirty water has still produced good trout over the last week. A mixed bag of colours have been reported with pink being the most common. Black/ orange and white have also had success. A few good sized cod have been caught trolling through heavy timber with deep divers and spinnerbaits with sinkers. Weaving tightly through stand up timber and spindly trees has been quiet successful. Throwing surface has been ok also with whispers from a few anglers stating a few crackers. Not much is given away at eildon when it comes to cod. But all we do know are that they are there.

Nillah is still quiet with a few anglers baitfishing off the bank with a few half hearted bites and the ever prevalent carp. Most anglers are using worms. Water temp is crucial at Nillahcootie and when it gets to around 14 degrees it game on for the yallas.

As it's trout opening tomorrow we see most river and creeks looking good after the rain we had a couple of weeks ago. Some clearer than others but most are fishable. I don't often like to give rivers and streams away as it's generally something that the hard yards get out into. That's the great thing about it as I know I have had countless trips with countless kms covered for no result and others your smacking then from first cast. Drifting worms is often overlooked but is also one of the most effective ways of catching trout. Specially if there has been rain recently. Can't get much natural than a worm.


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

Top left:
Specials offered for the sale
Top right:
Mitch with a cracker salmon caught while over at tassie recently.
Tanner getting a late season cod on a jackall gantarel at Nillahcootie.

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