First and foremost, summer is finally here in Melbourne! We are already seeing the follow on effects from the wet winter and spring that we have had, and this excellent fishing should continue right throughout the next few warm months.
The wait is finally over and cod season is here. We’ve had a funny spring and didn’t get our usual sudden heat wave. In 2015, we had bushfires in the spring. This year we had plenty of flooding, both minor and major in certain areas. The long-range weather forecast looks perfect for settled rivers to fish cod opening.
If a child can lay face down on a supermarket floor throwing a temper tantrum and get away with it, then surely a grown adult like myself can throw a total flip out due to the constant weather battering the state.
A two hour drive southeast of Melbourne, Lake Eildon is situated in the mountain ranges that make up the Eildon National park. The township of Eildon is laid back, but with the lake supporting such a wide diversity of fishing methods for various species, and throughout the year it can become quite busy.
This past month hasn’t seen much improvement in the weather. There’s still a lot of rain, meaning a decent run off into the ocean and some pretty dirty water in close. This is possibly the reason that salmon are still sparse.
Much of the unsettled and unpredictable weather patterns that were a big factor in the early months of spring have continued for the past month on the bay. Small windows of fishable conditions have prevailed once again, providing boat anglers with limited opportunities. Conversely, dedicated land-based anglers have had the advantage. Expect this pattern to change as we move properly into the warmer months, and the unpredictable and changing winds become less of a factor for the bay’s anglers.
December is the month when we welcome warmer weather and anglers start to get very busy. It’s with good reason too, because the bigger bream are now feeding in the shallows along with some large hungry flathead.
December can be a great month for anglers in the South West. The waters warm, the holiday-makers haven’t arrived yet, and the fishing can be red-hot if conditions align.
With the silly season ahead and another year almost over, it’s time to reward yourself – sneak in an after-work fish chasing stream trout, or a weekend out on Blue Rock chasing bass. December is always a good time of the year for stream trout anglers, as there are been plenty of insect hatchings providing the main food source for hungry trout.
December’s here again. There are two things to be happy about this month – Santa’s coming and the good weather is finally upon us. We can chat about Santa later, for now let’s praise the weather gods and see what we can get up to. The wet months have well and truly passed us by. Animals in pairs and old men with super long grey beards can relax... the giant wooden boat cruise is cancelled.
December is here and this is one of the most productive months for fishing the Glenelg River for both bait and lure anglers.
With the lake recently sitting around the 80% mark, everything looks good for an amazing run into the holiday season. It’s going to be a very busy one this year, with the water levels so high and the irrigation out flows predicted to be on the low end of the scale. I think this summer has the potential to be the best fishing we’ve seen for the last 10-15 years. If it keeps firing like it has over the last 6-8 weeks, the sky is the limit.
Where has this year gone? Those who braved a lot of the often cool and windy conditions have been rewarded big time with the natives just on fire all over the lake, from September right through to now. It has something to do with the relatively slow increase of the water temperature – the temperature rise is normally very fast and jumps from 10-11°C up to 16-17°C in a month, but this year’s had cooler temperatures.
It’s hard to believe the weather we’ve had over the past couple of months, but I feel like the worst of it is behind us. In front of us, we have summer!
We are set for a great season in the Bendigo region. It’s been a slow start to the season so far due to poor water clarity and water temperatures that are still low for this time of the year. The good news is that rainfall in recent weeks has been minimal and water clarity has started to improve in many areas. Water temperatures are steadily increasing and we should see a dramatic improvement in the fishing productivity over the next few weeks.
If Bar Crusher were to order an ideal day for testing a couple of their revamped hard top models, then Port Phillip Bay delivered it in spades. Solid westerly winds turned the bay into a washing machine that only the brave dare venture into.
Melbourne Marine Centre has really found its feet when it comes to being a marine dealer. We’ve done plenty of boat tests for one of Melbourne’s newest boating establishments, including Patrick Dangerfield’s Verado-powered Northbank, Brian Sanders’ 750 Hard Top and some great entry-level boats.
It’s that time of year when Lakes Entrance goes crazy for the holiday season. As the weather patterns settle in, it won’t take long to see many anglers taking advantage of warm weather and long evenings.
After a cold October and cooler water tempertaures than the norm for the start of November, the past weeks seemed more like early spring, but when the fish turned on, the quality of snapper caught was nothing short of sensational. Many anglers found fish in the 7-9kg size and more than just the occasional fish over 9kg.
What a time to be a snapper fisher! Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a very testing season for most fishers so far – the weather has been absolutely horrible, the fresh water running into the port from all of the rain has got water temperatures all over the place and it’s been far from warm and comfortable, but the size of the snapper coming in has been exceptional!
Finally, after many, many months, I can now safely say that the freshwater scene is beginning to look pretty damn good down here.
As I sit here writing this report, it’s raining, yet again. As far as generally trying to live outdoors, plus trying to get a vegetable garden going; it’s tough work with all the waterlogged back yards (including mine) to contend with.
A big hello to anyone holidaying around Geelong, the Bellarine and Surf Coast. I hope you can find a fish or three!
Fine weather, plenty of food and warm water hve fired up quality snapper in a big way along the northern and western aspects of Port Phillip Bay. While the traditional snapper season has been slow to start, due to our late, wet and windy winter, it’s all behind us now and the fishing is magnificent! The prime areas have been consistent from Point Cook all the way through to Hobsons Bay and some serious fish are about.
December at last! Summer is here, and Christmas breaks loom. Good weather be gifted to all! We hope… Let’s face it, we’re coming off one of the worst spells of weather in living memory. It’s time for a change for the better.
The Ballarat and district anglers are now blessed for choices of waters that they can fish after one of the wettest spring months on record since 1916. A record 162.19mm of rain actually fell in September and continued on throughout the remaining months of spring, and now all our lakes and waterways in the district are full, and true to their word, Fisheries Victoria, as part of the Target 1 Million campaign, have stocked nearly every lake in the state with trout, yellowbelly or Murray cod. This now put us in good stead for fishing for the next couple of years.
The festive season is almost on, as we gear up for another busy summer. Warm days, great fishing and night time prawning all add up to great family holiday fun. The entrance was open recently and the river mouth is accessible with care.
What a trout season so far – don’t forget about the bass either, as they’ve been going good as well. The constant rain and wind hasn’t been much liked by the saltwater anglers. However, the trout guys don’t mind at all, as it has kept all our rivers up high and flowing well, which has given us a ripper trout season so far. We should have a few good months left as well.
Summer is here, but you can tell it’s been a late season. It’s taken a lot longer for the fish to get on the chew than last year, but with some better water temperatures now, our iconic Victorian summer species such as snapper, gummy shark and whiting are all on the chew.
The weather has finally started to settle into some constant warm weather. Although the irrigation season is well underway, the Goulburn River is flowing slightly less than previous years, presumably due to the lower demand from downstream irrigators following such a wet spring.
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