Before anything, I would like to wish everybody a happy and safe New Year this January. Speaking of January… hot hot hot is what it's all about in the Wangaratta area in January.
Yet another year has passed and 2014 was a very hit and miss year. The trend of locals using bigger profiled lures saw plenty of above average fish caught in our rivers. There was plenty of smaller fish caught as well during 2014, which is a sign the river systems are strong in our region.
In typical fashion, Western Port has been the standout when it comes to snapper reports so far this season and what a season it has been.
Some days you feel more confident finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or winning $30 million in Tattslotto than going toe-to-toe with an estuary perch.
January can be a good time of year for anglers – the Christmas rush is over, the kids are on school holidays and there’s normally a few days away from work to unwind and soak a bait. The plus side of school holidays is that most of the urban lakes receive a top up of feisty rainbow trout to have fun with.
The settled and mild weather conditions have continued over the past month or so, after what was the second warmest spring on average ever recorded in Melbourne. Calm and clear weather conditions for the most part have been interspersed with some ripper storms and strong onshore blows that have kept many of the bay’s keen anglers waiting a little longer to get out amongst the action.
Mulloway fishing in the Hopkins River continues to be as productive as it has been for many years.
With Christmas and the New Year over, it’s time to sneak in a quiet stream trout fishing session or a day trip to Blue Rock Lake before the holiday season is over.
Snapper should continue to fire across the northwest flank of Port Phillip Bay. Moving into the New Year, King George whiting are also expected to show up in the shallows at Point Cook and Werribee South over the coming month. Flathead are another prime target and some lengthy snook and plenty of Australian salmon have been on the chew across the western reefs for several weeks now and should provide good sport through the middle stage of summer.
Throughout the Wimmera we are bracing ourselves for what potentially could spell the demise of some of the premier lakes in the area. Toolondo for instance currently sits at around 19% and is dropping fast as the onset of summer hits. My fears of looming fish kills may be just around the corner and the iconic lake could turn belly up in no time if the algal blooms of last year return.
With so many species on offer and located in the northern part of Port Phillip Bay, Black Rock is one of Melbourne's hidden little gems when it comes to sport fishing. With large numbers of snapper and salmon the main targets, and other species including squid, flathead and the occasional kingfish, it isn't hard to see why this is a popular fishing destination all year around.
January is boom time on the peninsula. The numbers swell by tens of thousands and it represents an important part of the commercial cycle for all us business people down here!
The weather up until now has been manic to say the least! The unpredictability of the weather has made the fishing very spasmodic at best.
January is one of the peak months to fish the Glenelg. The hot weather and warm water temps mean the fish are very keen to chew.
Christmas is over and now the holiday crowds move in so we need to be on our game as far as safety goes. The crowds up here are ridiculous over January and things get quite congested at ramps and popular fishing spots. Tempers can get a little edgy so try to remember a little bit of common courtesy goes a long way, even if it's not reciprocated.
Eildon is located about 140km northeast of Melbourne and is one of Australia’s most popular freshwater fishing destinations. Its healthy population of brown trout, rainbow trout, redfin, golden perch, Murray cod, roach, tench, and carp are a serious drawcard for anglers of various skills.
With the summer months arriving, it’s time to look forward to even better times to come!
What a great part of the world we live in, especially at this time of year when fishing is in full swing and amazing varieties of fish can be caught.
It would be fair to say that this season has been a mixed blessing. The culprit has been the stop-start weather conditions where we have a couple of days near perfect and then we are suddenly hit with a cold windy snap that seems to put us right back to where we were.
The 2015 season looks as though it is going to be a good one. At the present time, water clarity is very good at the majority of locations in the Bendigo region. The productivity in the fishing has been good but as always everything is not perfect.
Christmas has been and gone once again and now it’s time to get serious on the fishing front. Warm summer weather and a big variety of species on offer in the bay, I think it’s fair to say that you would have to be Scrooge not to love this month.
Happy New Year to everybody and for all of those New Year’s resolutions that involve catching more fish, then I have some awesome news for you. The fish are going completely bonkers through out the top end of the Port, so get amongst them people!
The Christmas break is upon us and the holiday season has kicked off with a bang.
Although we have experienced the odd day over 30ºC, the full force of summer is yet to bear down on us and as far as freshwater fishing is concerned, this is a bonus. Anglers should be taking full advantage of the seasonal conditions as the trout have yet to head for the depths that Lakes Bullen Merri and Purrumbete offer.
The 2015 Shipwreck Coast Fishing Classic is on again from the 7-15 March in Warrnambool. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a boat as the major prize, and a massive number of category prizes making this event the largest fishing comp in South West Victoria. Profits will be donated to the Warrnambool Coastguard who have supported the comp tirelessly over many years.
The redfin perch and European carp have been biting well all along the Barwon River in Geelong. Both species love a bit of warm water and the Barwon is well set up for bankside access allowing families to set up a barbeque and dangle a line on a summer’s arvo.
Lake Tyers has been fishing its best in as long as I can remember with big numbers of quality fish. The highlight has been the incredible run of big dusky flathead, which have been caught on almost every small sand patch in the lower system.
Anglers in and around the district are blessed with an abundance of fisheries with more than one species to target. This shows how diverse our fisheries are from chasing brown or rainbow trout, Chinook salmon, yellowbelly, Murray cod to redfin, how lucky are we to have all this within one hour of Ballarat’s CBD.
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