There was some great fish landed yesterday at Portland. Dan Hoey, skipper of Salty Dog Fishing Charters took his younger brother Phil out for his birthday and they had a blast landing 2 barrels at just under 120kg each. Not a bad birthday present and one the boys certainly wont forget. There wasn’t many boat out there yesterday and other big fish were also hooked and lost. Larger skirted lures including the Pakula evil angel once again featuring to be a popular choice.
Further inland, Lenette from Lake Fyans Caravan Park reports that Lake Fyans has been fishing well for redfin with some fish to over 1.5kg available being caught on bait and trolled and cast lures over the past couple of weeks. There are also some nice brown and rainbow trout in the mix to 2kg. The impoundment is now at 61% and boats to over 5m can be launched comfortably at the ramp.
John Lennon from Lake Purrumbete Caravan Park reports that last weekend there were a couple of big brown trout landed trolling lures. Both fish were over the 4kg mark which are truly trophy fish and while there are not very abundant if you persist and fish early and late in the day then you are in with a chance. There are plenty of small redfin also available being taken on all methods with most fish 100-500g and the occasional fish to a kilogram.
Lake Elingamite is now accessible via punt or kayak, but the water level is still low. The fishing has been very quiet.
Lake Bullen Merri was stocked yesterday with another 5000 Chinook salmon and a trial stocking of brook trout(yes that’s right brook trout or char) is planned for Lake Purrumbete in the coming weeks.
I headed out and did a boat test yesterday afternoon on the Hopkins estuary and while I didn’t take the rods I marked plenty of fish from the bottom of the Ski Lane to the River mouth so there’s plenty of fish still in the lower estuary with the recent flush of freshwater.
Across the state check out the barramundi recently collected during a survey of Hazlewood Pondage in Gippsland which measured 65cm and weighed in at 5.3kg. These fish were stocked last year as a trial in a range of sizes in an effort to create a Victorian barramundi fishery in the power station cooling ponds and it looks like they are doing pretty well. The fishery is closed to anglers at present while the fish settle in, but hopefully it won’t be long before anglers can have a crack at them!
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There’s plenty of options at present in the region and the weather looks great over the next few days so get out there!
cheers, Scott Gray