With a bit of wind and swell around this weekend conditions aren’t ideal offshore, but there’s still plenty of options. Darren John continued his recent form of catching big brown trout with this thumping 4.1kg brown trout caught on a Daiwa double clutch minnow at Lake Purrumbete.  This was one of two solid fish landed yesterday. Brook trout yearlings were also stocked in Lake Purrumbete this week as part of a 2 year stocking trial.  With good rain this week the waterfall is also running again and the lake continues to fill slowly.

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There’s been a few nice trout caught in the lower Merri and Hopkins the past week for those persisting in the discoloured water.  In the absence of heavy rain this week the run-off has really dropped off.  The lower reaches of the Merri and Hopkins remain open to fishing so its almost worth throwing on your backpack, going for a walk and throwing a few lures.

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The swell is still too big on the open beaches making conditions difficult for surf fisherman, but most of the estuaries are still fishing well in the lower reaches with fresh seawater beginning  to push further upstream.  With this salt wedge the fish have been moving as well and there is a good numbers of bream in the Hopkins to well above Deakin University.

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Lake Fyans Holiday Park reports still some nice brown trout and redfin being caught over the past week, but the weather has been up and down which has deterred a few anglers.  Reports of good rainfall in the region the past few days.