Drop a line at Eildon

November 25, 2016

Robby Lawn with a beaut 6 kg caught off Queenscliff.

The Goulburn Valley is fortunate to have one of the best and most diverse freshwater fisheries just a stone’s throw away at Lake Eildon.

Eildon is about a one-hour drive to the north-east, on the Goulburn River and its tributaries, and is in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range close to Mansfield.

The dam is close to 80 per cent capacity and that means there are plenty of areas that are opened up to fishing.

It is one of the most diverse fisheries because anglers can target a variety of fish, including Murray cod, yellowbelly, rainbow and brown trout and redfin, all of which are sought-after table fish.

The lake covers a huge area and there are plenty of coves and inlets for anglers to try, as well as the river arms and submerged tree lines, which all provide habitat for fish to breed and feed.

My friend and his mate are on a week-long fishing trip to Lake Eildon and I am looking forward to hearing the outcome of their time on the water.

In our region, fishing has been improving despite the rains earlier this week, which will help freshen up things for the opening of the cod season next Thursday.

Mick Bourke from Stanhope continues to blitz the yellowbelly around his region, fishing the outlet channel from the basin. He said most of the fish he caught were full of small yabbies.

Meanwhile, nice-sized trout are being caught by anglers fishing Dartmouth using small minnow-style lures as well as fenders and a bunch of worms.

Down south at Queenscliff, Peter Smallwood and Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters have been catching plenty of pinkie-sized snapper about 1kg to 2kg. Jumbo-sized squid and good-sized salmon are also being caught in the rip during the run-out tide.

Further up the bay, anglers fishing the sunrise and dusk tides have been catching snapper off Mornington, Mordialloc, Black Rock, Werribee and in front of the old rifle range at Williamstown.

Off the coast at Point Lonsdale they have been catching gummy shark in the deeper water, mainly early morning and late evening during the turn of the tide. The best bait has been fresh salmon fillets.

The bay at Western Port is starting to fire and snapper are being boated by anglers fishing the early morning tides, especially in the rubble beds off Hastings, in front of the steel works and off Corinella.

North of the border at Eden, the reef fishing is still providing the most action.

John Liddell said Boyd’s Lookout, Green Cape and all reefs in between were worth fishing.

He said searching for kingfish was also worthwhile, with good catches being made by anglers lucky enough to find a school.

At Narooma further up the coast, Graham Cowley said his son Nicholas, who skippers a charter boat, was reporting good bags of kingfish and plenty of reef fish. He said there was little to no action off the shelf and no sign of marlin.

At Flinders Island, James Luddington said he was again blown off the water last weekend but when the weather settled down the flathead and gummy shark were on the bite, with small garfish the best bait.

He said he was also bagging some nice snapper off the reefs near Chappell Island, but most fishing was around the Lady Barron area where there was some shelter from the wind.

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