We now approach that time of year when the Gippsland Lakes become a real puzzle.
What is on the fishing agenda for September will be governed by what the weather conditions throw at us.
If there is one month on the trout fishing calendar that I look forward to, it is September.
As we move into spring many anglers are looking forward to the oncoming warmer weather and all the good fishing that comes with the new season.
September 7 sees the stream trout season re-open in the West and South Gippsland regions.
While this month is never the greatest month for chasing a feed of fish, winds are usually cool and water temperatures are slowly rising however there has still been some reasonable activity for those brave enough to venture out into the cold.
The transition from winter to spring is an exciting period for anglers across Port Phillip west.
Right, there is no way to really avoid it!
Flathead is probably the main staple fish in Tasmania when it comes to catching a feed.
I love it when I can start on a positive note and that's easy when September rolls around each year.
You have to love this time of year! After the long, cold winter those first days of spring filled with the smell of fresh cut grass and warm weather always remind me that snapper season is just around the corner.
The late winter rains, although quite light for Yarra Valley standards have given much needed flow to the river.
Thank goodness the rivers are open again because this has been one of the toughest winters on the lake in the last ten years.
The winter has been wet and cold, with short days and long nights, but at last we are moving forward getting a little warmer and a bit more daylight every day.
The past winter in this part of the world has varied from being typically awful to something like a fine summer day, which has produced some welcome returns.
Since the remaining boards were placed back into Mildura weir after a period of being out for maintenance, river levels have finally gone back to normal.
The Bendigo region received significant rainfall in mid winter.
It’s fair to say the snapper would be well and truly in the starting gates for the beginning of snapper season 2013/14.
The top end of Western Port has exploded and I honestly cannot remember the fishing being this good at this time of year before.
Plenty of anglers have been reaping the benefits of solid Australian salmon.
With the worst of winter behind us and spring all but here, for once the fishing in our south western lakes is finally approaching its peak.
September is the time angling in the region awakens from the depths of winter.
The end of winter has been a real eye opener.
Spring has arrived and at the time of writing the entrance remains open and quite large.
Winter has finally set in and the water temperature has dropped so one of victorias favourite bread and butter fish, the garfish are on the menu.
The start of spring is always an exciting time for spearfishers from across the state.
After a dry spell at the start of winter we have enjoyed some very handy rainfall that has freshened up our waters and sparked an increase in fish activity.
It’s definitely been a typically wet and cold winter, but the fish haven’t seemed to mind.
The main word on the street is the return of the whitebait for their annual spawning migrations.
Now we can finally put the cold months behind us and start putting the hard yards in to finding our prime target species.