Report 22/9/17

Benalla Bait & Tackle
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Benalla, Victoria
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Nicole Penfold
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Report 22/9/17

Post by Nicole Penfold » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:47 pm

Great to see it looking more like spring than winter now. Let's hope that it continues!

I'll start with the streams, I won't name the rivers and creeks but most around the area are producing some great fishing. Most are averaging that 25-35cm mark with a few tipping over 45cm. Small hardbodies like bullet lures, rapalas, atomic hardz and strike pro's have all been very productive especially if the water is a bit dirty. Spinners like mapso's and blue foxes have been consistent with green and red being popular colours. They anglers using plastics have caught a few but not as many as spinners and hardbodies. Strike tiger nymphs, fish arrows and berkley gulps have been the picks.

Lake Eildon:
72.76% up 1.65% this week.
Fishing: 6.5/10.
Mixed reports from anglers having a dip over there. The trout fishing has been ok with reports of 2-6 fish caught trolling around using winged lures. The occasional fish is being picked up on hardbodies like halco's & bullets. Colours have been very spread with green/gold, pink and orange working well on the goughs bay side of the lake and pink, brown and white working over the Delatite side. The Delatite side is still quiet dirty compared to the Goulburn. Water temp is finally on the rise and the Redfin are ready to spawn with a few anglers reporting the males milking and the females full of eggs. The Redfin fishing has been mediocre with some being picked up off the trees and the others picked up trolling for yellas. No consistency on lure brands, most anglers are reporting different lures. I could only link ac invaders, stumpys and sakanas as consistently reported lures. The trees are probably the best bet dropping down bait, plastics and lipless cranks. A lot of anglers have also reported sounding heaps of fish but unable to get a strike. They could be carp, spawning Redfin or a lazy yella at the moment but it's all building and should really improve as it gets warmer. If you do find an area with consistent fish sounded. Go over it 4+ times changing your lures it could just be the game changer you need.

Lake Hume:
91.05% up 0.52% this week.
Fishing: 7.5/10
Haven't heard many reports from anglers that I get reports off due to being unable to get out. What I have heard is a few nice brown still being caught over 5lb. Still the place to go if you want to tangle with a big trout. White, pink and orange winged lure and hardbodies are the go on the troll. One mate did a bit of yellowbelly recon last week. Using many methods he had a few bumps and half hearted trikes with no yellowbelly landed. He did manage to catch a few Redfin casting the bays and around the trees. He sounded a few fish in the branches of submerged trees and on the flats in bays. The fish are there and won't be far of becoming more active.

Lake Nillahcootie:
91.00% up 0.28% this week.
Fishing: 5/10.
The lake is starting to warm up! But the fishing is yet to do the same. A few locals have gone out trolling and only 1 report of one 28cm yella caught on a red/black codger. Bank anglers are much the same at the moment. The very occasional yella is being caught on worms but most fish caught have been carp. The key to bank fishing is to move around until you find any sort of consistency. Casting a small stumpy or blade around might also get you one as it's great in the warmer months.

Haven't heard anything on dart, waranga, hovell or Mulwala. They are all great spring options!


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

Top left: Tom with a great conditioned brown caught fishing a stream.
Bottom left: James with a small brown flicking his favourite Bullet lure in a local stream.
Top right: James with another brown.
Middle right: Nick landed himself a good sized brown on the cast.
Bottom right: Phil with a slabby brown caught trolling an AC Invader at Eildon.

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