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.
Summer is here and this has spurred the native fish into life at some of the region’s lakes. Redfin make a welcome return to the table and the trout have become a little harder to tempt in some lakes that are shallower but the deeper lakes have started to fire nicely.
Spring is upon us in the Wimmera and the fish know it too with many reporting seeing trout putting on aerobatic displays while others are content to cruise around sipping bugs off the top.
After a rather short winter with very little rainfall but some extremely cold mornings we are now on the brink of getting some magnificent spring weather.
While we experienced some good rains to freshen the lakes and streams up this month, the fish have been patchy; jumping all over offerings one day, turning their nose up at them the next. Frustrating but not unusual for this time of year with fish in spawning mode and some already completed the chore!
Winter has well and truly set in here and the fish know it!
The colder months are now upon us, and Wimmera has seen most species being spasmodic in their feeding patterns. Trout are now becoming harder to tempt but the bigger fish are more willing to feed openly. Many fishos are reporting chases and follows but without takes of massive fish.
With winter upon us, a change in tactics and methods has seen some great results from the Wimmera lakes.
Cooler water temperatures combined with the back of summer being broken has seen most of the Wimmera waterways produce some great catches of late.
This year’s annual Horsham Fishing Contest was held on Sunday 9 March. A total of 2289 anglers competed for over $60,000 worth of prizes.
With above average temperatures and some massive hatches of all varieties the aerial action of the trout has been nothing short of breathtaking especially in the early mornings and late afternoons throughout most of the Grampians lakes.
With water temperatures continuing to rise at a rapid rate the fish have been very obliging in most lakes so far, however some are now starting to suffer badly from evaporation. In the past week or so I have heard many reports of the onset of blue/green algae blooms.
On 9 March 2014, the 37th Horsham Fishing Contest will be held on the beautiful Wimmera River, which flows through the centre of the City of Horsham.
It’s hard to decide whether to chase the yabbies or the fish at the moment
After a wet start to spring our waters are now looking and fishing at their very best with plenty of action coming from the majority of waters.
After a very welcome wet winter our waters are now looking the best they have in a long time and with the warmer weather of spring now just around the corner, we can expect plenty of great fishing action for many months to come.
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.
I first heard of Lake Toolondo only a couple of months ago when ‘The Ashes’, an annual competition between anglers from South Australia and Victoria, was relocated there due to poor fishing conditions at Lake Fyans.
August is a great time of year for trout and redfin anglers in the Wimmera region with more settled and angler friendly weather conditions.
Now is the time of year when the native fish over this way slow right down but the trout fishing is often at its best.
This is a time of transition in our Wimmera waters with the native fish such as yellowbelly, catfish and Murray cod now starting to slow down as the water temperatures cool.
This is a great time of year to be fishing in the Wimmera with all species fishing very well.
All our favourite species are all very active in very angler-friendly weather conditions as well.
The great Wimmera summer weather has seen many anglers out and about in search of a few fish.
We have been enjoying a terrific run of fishing in the Wimmera.
There is plenty of fishing action to be had here this time of year, with great fishing and good water levels at the majority of our waters.
This is a great time of year to be out and about fishing the Wimmera region with plenty of lakes and rivers fishing the best they have for years for a variety of species.
Now the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer the fishing has been getting even better in the Wimmera. Trout and redfin are still biting well and now the native fish are also starting to become more active.
Over the past month or so the trout fishing in the Wimmera has really come back strong thanks to the drought relief stockings, producing some of the best trout fishing and some of the fastest growth rates we have seen for many years.
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