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Lakes are making a slow but steady comeback

Trevor Holmes | First Published: March 2016   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

With less boat traffic throughout the Wimmera the fishing has settled down and regained some normality. The lakes are virtually deserted through the week, but see many visitors on weekends as well as ski and wake boats. Plenty of fish have been landed and many released over the holidays with resurgence in redfin populations in Lake Fyans – a thrill for many. Other lakes have continued to suffer a decline in water level, but a bit of much needed rain has seen a couple that looked doomed hanging on by a thread.

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Watery woes in the Wimmera area

Trevor Holmes | First Published: February 2016   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

Water is the main point of discussion throughout the Wimmera once again, as the dry season continues to take a toll on many lakes. Levels are falling to a critical stage, and given we are having an above average summer already some real carnage may develop over the coming months.

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El Nino taking affect

Trevor Holmes | First Published: December 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

With water levels currently lower than average for this time last year and no rain in sight, some waterways are really struggling and we may see some major losses of stocked and naturally bred fish this summer.

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Redfin return to Horsham

Trevor Holmes | First Published: November 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

After being away for a couple of weeks to get married and experience some magnificent Fiji weather I was looking forward to getting back on the lakes and chasing some redfin. Not to be let down, the fish has risen to the challenge and are starting to play nicely.

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Redfish rejuvenation

Trevor Holmes | First Published: November 2015   »  Feature Articles / Victoria /

Through years of dwindling waterways and tough drought conditions, the toughest of all freshwater fish – the redfin perch, scientifically known as Perca fluviatilis – has proven time and again to be a survivor. Known to frequent channels, lakes, swamps, rivers, and streams this tough little fighter is extremely resilient.

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Now the trout fishing hots up!

Trevor Holmes | First Published: October 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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.

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Trophy trout time

Trevor Holmes | First Published: July 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

With the onset of winter now is the time for the serious trout anglers to capitalise on the great angling that’s on offer in the Wimmera area.

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Winning catches at Wimmera

Trevor Holmes | First Published: June 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

Although it remains dry throughout the region and the much-anticipated early autumn rains haven't arrived as yet, some great catches have been recorded locally, mainly in the deeper lakes and the rivers and streams. As the water temperatures in the shallower lakes drops, we can soon expect to see good numbers of trout come on the chew and the redfin school up just prior to their winter retreat.

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Rocklands – Wimmera’s redfin Mecca

Trevor Holmes | First Published: June 2015   »  Feature Articles / Victoria /

Rocklands Reservoir, under the then State Rivers and Water Supply Commission, commenced construction in March 1941. Originally, it was constructed by damming off the Glenelg River to serve an area of almost 25,000km2 for domestic, stock and irrigation water.

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Preseason blues

Trevor Holmes | First Published: May 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

Waiting is a game of patience and at present Wimmera anglers are playing that game and waiting for the cold days to arrive and the big trout to come out to play.

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Wimmera cools but action heats up

Trevor Holmes | First Published: April 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

Autumn is now well upon us, and it's at this point that the serious trout hunters start to get excited at the prospect of the bigger trout feeding, and feeding for longer periods of time.

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Toolondo set to bounce back

Trevor Holmes | First Published: March 2015   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

As previously reported the iconic Lake Toolondo was on the ropes and staring down the barrel of disaster with receding water levels set to threaten a potentially world class trout fishery.

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Wimmera woes but Rockland revs

Trevor Holmes | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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.

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Lakes liven up!

Trevor Holmes | First Published: December 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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.

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Chopping and changing for tricky trout

Trevor Holmes | First Published: November 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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.

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Hard work reaps rewards

Trevor Holmes | First Published: October 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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.

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Fresh sparks spawning blues

Trevor Holmes | First Published: September 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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!

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Aggressive, angry and big!

Trevor Holmes | First Published: August 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

Winter has well and truly set in here and the fish know it!

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Top results at Toolondo

Trevor Holmes | First Published: July 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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.

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Winter brings tactical changes

Trevor Holmes | First Published: June 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

With winter upon us, a change in tactics and methods has seen some great results from the Wimmera lakes.

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Wimmera fires up!

Trevor Holmes | First Published: May 2014   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

Cooler water temperatures combined with the back of summer being broken has seen most of the Wimmera waterways produce some great catches of late.

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37th Annual Horsham The Weekly Advertiser Fishing Contest

Tag | First Published: May 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

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.

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Aerial action aplenty

Trevor Holmes | First Published: April 2014   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

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.

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Toolondo continues to shine

Trevor Holmes | First Published: March 2014   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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.

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The Weekly Advertiser Horsham Fishing Comp

Tag | First Published: February 2014   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

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.

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Yabbies or fish – too many choices for anglers

Al Vanstan | First Published: December 2013   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

It’s hard to decide whether to chase the yabbies or the fish at the moment

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Toolondo still the tops

Al Vanstan | First Published: November 2013   »  Regular Features / Area Report /

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.

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Warmer weather sees more anglers on the water

Al Vanstan | First Published: October 2013   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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.

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Welcome rain freshens the whole system

Al Vanstan | First Published: September 2013   »  Area Articles / Victoria & Tasmania / Freshwater / Horsham /

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.

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Victorian Fly Fishing Championships Round 3

Lubin Pfieffer | First Published: September 2013   »  Regular Features / Tournaments /

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.

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