Trout sea­son open­ing looks promis­ing

Myrtleford Times - - Regional Extra - BY ROB ALEXAN­DER, WAN­GARATTA

IT’S that time of the year again… trout open­ing.

This Satur­day, Septem­ber 2, is the open­ing day of the 2017-2018 Victorian trout sea­son and con­di­tions are look­ing fan­tas­tic across the North East.

Af­ter a slow start to win­ter, the rain ar­rived dur­ing July and Au­gust to leave us with av­er­age con­di­tions for this time of the year.

The streams are in per­fect shape - not too flooded and not too low.

As with this time any year con­di­tions can change overnight with a de­cent del­uge of late win­ter or spring rain­fall in the al­ready sat­u­rated catch­ments.

This week­end I think that just about any stream that should have trout in it will be worth fish­ing.

The al­ways re­li­able Ovens River up­stream of Bright will be well worth fish­ing on open­ing morn­ing.

Be care­ful if wad­ing in the river as there is go­ing to be a fair amount of cur­rent push­ing through.

The Buf­falo River up­stream of Lake Buf­falo around Abbe­yard is al­ways worth a look.

De­spite low sum­mer flows, the up­per Buf­falo River holds some quite nice trout at times.

The Kiewa River close to Mt Beauty may be worth try­ing, with the area be­tween the bridge at Ta­wonga and the spill­way in Mt Beauty be­ing the most con­sis­tent spot for trout in the Kiewa River.

The King River up­stream of Lake Wil­liam Hovell will be worth a try if you have a four wheel drive ve­hi­cle to get up there.

The Mitta Mitta River any­where from Eskdale up­stream will also be worth fish­ing on open­ing morn­ing.

Bright coloured bladed spin­ners and small min­nows of­ten work well early in the sea­son, so too will a lightly weighted bunch of gar­den worms.

Also, just a quick re­minder that the Mur­ray cod sea­son closes at mid­night to­mor­row and will re-open on De­cem­ber 1.

Dur­ing this time it is il­le­gal to tar­get Mur­ray cod, even if your in­ten­tion is to re­lease them.

OPEN­ING FUN: This week­end it is all about trout fish­ing in streams as the trout sea­son opens on Satur­day. The many rivers and creeks around North East Vic­to­ria will be pop­u­lar with trout an­glers keen to wet a line af­ter a three month ab­sence.

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