Fishing around our region has not been at its best for the past few weeks.
This is because of a number of reasons including the weather and high water levels in the Goulburn River.
But don’t let this deter you from wetting a line — an old mate always said that if you’re not fishing you will never catch fish.
The wattles are about to bloom and that touch of yellow is an indicator that yellowbelly are about to come on the bite and they just love a bunch of worms for dinner.
Using as little weight as possible, drop the bait alongside a snag or tree and if nothing happens within 10 minutes or so then shift to another spot.
If the conditions still put you off, there is a lot of activity going on off the water.
I had a chat with Steve from Trelly’s and this afternoon he is putting on a special event aimed at helping introduce young people to fishing. This starts at 6pm and will run through until 8pm.
Steve said fishing guru Robbie Alexander would be the guest speaker. Other attractions would be a jumping castle and a sausage sizzle.
This free event is a great opportunity for children to learn the basics of fishing and build an interest in the outdoors.
Other attractions will include a number of vouchers to the value of $50 to be won and also a colouring competition for various age groups.
Steve said planning had also started for his annual fishing expo in November. He said this would be bigger and better than ever and he was negotiating with a number of high-profile speakers to be in attendance.
Around the traps
As I mentioned earlier, fishing has not been great around the region with the exception of Lake Dartmouth where the trout are all but jumping into the boat.
Well, maybe not actually jumping, but anglers are reporting plenty of action from mainly brown trout as they have now finished spawning and are feeding voraciously.
Eildon is also worth a visit, the river arms are fishing well and trout, some yellowbelly, cod and late-season redfin are biting.
Hard-body lures and bait such as worms are working when fished among the trees and, according to my Anglers Almanac, this weekend should be great for fishing. The best time should be around midday.
Down south, the fishing has again been good with Rod Lawn from Adamas Fishing Charters reporting tuna still on the go around Portland.
He said when the weather did not get too bad he was generally bagging out on good-sized fish.
Rod said around Queenscliff some calamari were being caught in the grass beds near the cottage as well as towards Lonsdale Pier.
He said jigs baited with small herrings as well as Japanese shrimp jigs were working and getting good results.
Rod said some resident snapper and flathead were being caught when the weather allowed boats to go offshore and fish the reefs off the mouth of the Barwon River.
North of the border at Eden, John Liddell said the boys from Freedom Charters were bagging good hauls of snapper and morwong along the inshore reefs from Boyd’s Lookout to Green Cape.
He said fishing the sandy bottom was also producing good-sized flathead.
John reported some kingfish were also being caught by anglers using knife jigs as well as live baits and trawling skirted lures.
He said kingfish were usually found where the water run-offs were — just look for the white foam.
At Narooma, Graham Cowley said it was a similar story for anglers fishing the inshore reefs around Montague Island and also the sandy bottom for big hauls of flathead.
He said soft plastics as well as bait such as squid and striped tuna were working well.
He said some schools of kingfish were also being found and these fish were taking knife jigs as well as trolled skirted lures and live bait when a school could be located.
Graham said bream and flathead were also being caught inside the lake around the oyster leases.
As I mentioned before, the Goulburn is running at a higher than normal winter level.
Apparently this is an environmental flow and I have been told it is to induce the growth of riverside grasses along the banks of the river.
I hope it works.