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Fishing is good for those who brave the weather

The place to be: Fancy a 1m flathead? Then head to the fishing mecca of Eden, NSW.

With the autumn flush still under way in the Goulburn River and pre-released from Dartmouth Dam into the Murray River, both rivers are running high.

The good news is that Lake Mulwala should be full by now, providing a good opportunity to test the fresh waters.

They were catching nice-sized cod at Lake Eildon at Delatite Arm and Big River Arm, and the yellowbelly were on the bite in Fraser National Park.

Trelly tells me those chasing trout have reported trolling down the Bonnie Doon end of the lake with pink Tassie Devils is the trick.

Those fishing from the bank have had success using powerbaits and night crawlers, which attract the interest of the odd trout and plenty of redfin.

Dartmouth Dam is still rising and the rain this week and next will make sure it keeps doing so. Anglers are still catching good quality trout though.

Handy catch: Redfin remain a favourite with anglers and plenty are being caught at Waranga Basin. Photo by NSW DPI

Waranga Basin is still producing redfin, some good ones but mainly small fish, but if you are there to enjoy the fishing and the day out rather than a feed, it is still a lot of fun.

If you want to travel north of the border, the saltwater fishing is really good and worth a few days away.

They're catching snapper and other reef fish.

Good snapper, morwong and gummy shark are being caught from local reefs around Merimbula including Long Point, Haycock, Horseshoe and further south past Boyd’s Tower.

At Merimbula and Eden they’ve also been reeling in flathead over 1m long — that’s a lot of tail.

Graham Cowley at Eden said if the weather was off there had been good fishing in the lake, with quality trevally, bream and flathead being caught around the oyster leases and natural structures.

At Queenscliff, Rod Lawn has been reporting tuna in the area and some locals have been catching pinky-sized snapper along the reefs inside the heads.

Rod has also been running Adamas Fishing charters to Portland where a half-hour run offshore has been landing anglers big tuna using skirted lures.

Take care, sanitise your hands and wear a mask at the supermarket.

If you're unlucky enough.