What an amazing season we’ve had here in Portland! Just when we thought the weather had us, with everyone ready to close the tuna season, a sudden turnaround and good weather has provided an amazing amount of barrel tuna. These fish have showed up out of the blue and at the end of the season in the mid water area around Lawrence's Rock to Cape Nelson Lighthouse.
After shivering through the coldest winter in over 30 years, the warmer and longer days of spring are certainly a welcome relief to the bays anglers.
The Gippy Lakes are alive and well with an incredible run of mullet over the last month or so. The rivers are in perfect order after heavy snow dumps during winter and the early runoff from the mountains has cleaned up the Mitchell and Tambo nicely. I expect all the rivers to fish exceptionally well over the coming months so stay tuned. Surprisingly, a number of bream are now showing up quite early for the season in the shallow lake edges around Raymond Island, Duck Arm, and down at Metung. But the focus for this issue is on the good old yellow eyes.
With wintery conditions restricting offshore options many of the local rivers have been fishing well during the past few weeks.
In late 2012, Lake Bullen Merri received a restocking stocking of Chinook salmon and already the lake is producing good quality fish.
For many years Blue Rock Lake has been a great spot for local anglers. Recently we’ve been able to enjoy the spoils of the successful bass stocking program and predominantly keep it all to ours local selves. Now that is all about to change with a 12 month trial allowing boats and engines of all sizes to use the lake providing boaters stick to the speed limits and exclusion zones.
The annual snapper migration has arrived and the stage is set for another big season. One of the key target areas at this time of year is Hobsons Bay, in particular the stretch from Port Melbourne across to Williamstown and around to Altona. We’ve already seen reds of 3-5kg show up just beyond the inner reefs at Williamstown as well as a few more out wider from Altona at P2 and surrounding areas. Further west, some serious reds of 6-7kg have been taken down the road at Geelong. Whether these fish are new arrivals or Corio Bay residents doesn’t really matter - the snapper are on and it’s time to hit the water!
With many anglers coming out of the winter hibernation, now is the time to do the maintenance or upgrade of all rods, reels and lines.
Nestled in the hills of Noojee lies a picturesque stream that is a lot smaller than the surrounding waterways. A feeder stream to the Latrobe River, the Torongo River offers some top shelf fishing for all ages and experience. Although the fish aren’t big, the scenery and the sights will keep you coming back for years.
A late run of big bluefin tuna off Cape Otway has been a bonus this season and they now seem like a year round prospect.
If October doesn’t get you excited, I am not sure what will – as far as fishing goes anyway! Often it is during this period each year that the bay temperature hits 16°, which seems to be the magical number to really turn the snapper in our bay into feeding machines! The Port Phillip Bay and Westernport snapper fishery is world class and it is no wonder one of the most exciting periods of the Victorian fishing calendar.
October is when we really start to see some major improvement in the weather and this month welcomes more pleasant conditions for fishing the Glenelg River.
Now that the water temperature is starting to rise, I can’t wait to get out on the water and get stuck into them.
October means the best fishing on Lake Eildon bar none. The next 8-12 weeks are going to be crazy with the schooling up of the golden perch the most fun you can have on this big lake.
With the winter behind us at last, and the rivers running at a steady rate, anglers can begin to dust off their fishing tackle and make ready for the spring season.
They might be a bit later than usual but better late than never as far as the salmon are concerned.
With winter now behind us we can look forward to some warmer conditions and some great spring fishing on the East Coast.
Last month, the amount of fish being caught in the Bendigo region was very low, and as a result, the numbers of anglers trying their luck has also been low.
After a long miserable winter this month sees anglers’ eyes go red with thoughts of early morning starts and those big red fish that come on the chew at this time of the year. It’s October and that means its snapper season.
It’s all finally kicking off in the top end of Westernport and the fishing over the last month has been clearly better than what we have been used to over the cooler months. The weather is slowly getting better with more frequent calm days and there is a beautiful mildness in the air, which is reminding us that summer isn’t far away.
The recent wet weather trend has not let up, with water levels in our lakes slowly rising. With scientific warning of a severe El Nino on the cards we should appreciate every drop that falls from the sky while we can.
On Friday 7 August the Curdies River mouth at Peterborough was manually opened for the second time in two weeks, but this time successfully.
October is a heck of a time to be alive if you’re a snapper fisho on the Bellarine or Surf Coast. If this season is anything like the past five, we’re in for another treat. The lads down the west coast were ripping in snapper mid-August so they could be well and truly on fire by the time you’re reading this.
The weather in October is certainly a welcome relief from the cold of winter and the early spring mornings of September and the better conditions make it one of my favourite months for spearfishing.
After a fantastic start in winter, fishing in the district has certainly tapered of in recent time. Less anglers means less fish caught. In addition to this, a lack of winter rain has severely affected the water levels of our waterways. Water levels are still falling as opposed to a steady increase that usually occurs at this time. Things may look a little grim unless we have a really wet spring but the long-range forecast seems to suggest that we are once again caught in an El Nino weather pattern.
Slap on some sunscreen, pop on a hat, and grab your rod - the fish are biting at Bemm!
Big news this month with the removal of boat length and horsepower restrictions at Blue Rock Lake in Gippsland!
What a winter season this has been! Yes, it’s been cold, but the fish have not minded one bit, this is the best winter whiting season in the past few decades.
Well its that time of year again and I can’t believe how quickly its come round. Snapper fever will hit with a vengeance and all you fishos out there will be out chasing big red but if the amount of boats that I have seen on the water this past winter is any indication there’s going to be lots of ‘ramp range’ at boat ramps this season.
The Gippsland Lakes area is well known for its fighting fish, and currently there is great opportunity for keen anglers to get out on the water and chase down some big ones.
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