The river is looking quite good and is at present as cold as a mother in laws kiss.
From time to time nature throws a real curve ball and mid winter was certainly no exception.
The weather conditions here in June were appalling, an east coast low dropped over 10 inches of rain in less than a week.
As to be expected at this time of year the weather conditions have cooled down to such an extent that we now have the water temperature down to 12C in many places.
The one good thing about wintertime is that there are usually no long queues lining up at boat ramps. Contrary to a wide held belief there are very good patches of weather when the returns are great.
It is nearly time to put away the trolling rods because it’s time to start casting the snags for Murray cod.
The cold weather has seen the overall numbers of fish caught quite low.
I think someone forgot to tell the fish that its winter with the past month seeing some incredible action in this part of the Port Phillip.
This winter we have had rain, cold, wind, rain, ice rain and rain and it has made fishing in general quite tough.
The Hopkins River at Warrnambool has been active for bream averaging around 32cm in the lower reaches.
Lake Bullen Merri has been consistent for rainbow trout averaging 1.3kg with flat line trolling winged lures in white or pink/white around the lake edge.
The water temperature has dropped dramatically down to a fresh 11C. This has caused the fishing to slow down. But for the keen winter angler there is still some fun to be had.
It’s winter but the that first sniff of spring is almost here.
Up until mid June the Gippsland Lakes had been absolutely brilliant with multiple options available to anglers.
Winter has finally arrived with freezing cold nights, frosty mornings, some rain and the trout are on the chew.
The trout season is finally over and, as I have reported in previous issues, it was a particularly poor season for many reasons which I have already covered.
The entrance opened in late autumn and freshened up the whole system.
Trout season is still closed so most anglers have been heading to the local lakes to get a trout fix, but instead many are getting a pleasant surprise and catching a few bass and redfin instead.
We are right into winter now and Ninety Mile Beach is known for its Australian salmon run during the cold months so many anglers have been trying their luck for one of Australia’s premier sport fish.
So far we have had some great winter fishing in south Gippsland only to be slightly hindered by the unpredictable weather.
August is another quieter month for spear fishers in Victoria but good spearfishing can still be had for the enthusiastic spearo who’s prepared to target quality species.
Once upon a time, in a land slightly below sea level where two major rivers meet the Tamar Estuary (incorrectly termed a river), a couple of keen Launceston-ions keenly awaited the opening of the trout season.
Late winter and spring can be boon times for the dedicated lake angler, rising water levels and schools of smelt that congregate along the shallow flooded margins encourage some of the large hungry post spawn trout to come looking for a high protein meal.
August is a great time of year for trout and redfin anglers in the Wimmera region with more settled and angler friendly weather conditions.
Not as many anglers tend to fish here at this time of year as opposed to when the tuna and crayfish seasons are on but there is still plenty of action to be had whether you are into beach, estuary or offshore fishing.
The long anticipated wait of the new trout season is finally here!
The best part of August is it’s the last month of winter! The fishing is still reasonable, however with spring looming most anglers are eagerly anticipating the change in weather, which will bring more fishing opportunities in the area.
Driving rain, bitterly cold winds and huge seas for weeks at a time. Welcome to the depths of winter!
Earlier in the Back to Basics Series we delved into the use of snapper leads. Last month we looked into the moulding of running sinkers (specifically ball sinkers); this month we follow that up with a look into the uses of running sinkers.
Flathead are one of the most popular bread and butter species Queensland anglers chase and winter is a great time to get into flathead fishing.