Plenty of activity in small streams
JUST like that and the warm spring weather has hit.
We have jumped from 11 degree days to 30 degree days in just one week.
Spring time really is my favourite time of the year.
While cold weather through September still has streams’ water very cold, last week’s warm weather stimulated a lot of insect activity on the banks of the streams over the weekend.
And the combination of icy cold water, and warm weather led to some fantastic trout fishing right across the region.
My friend Josh Parsons and I fished a number of smaller tributaries on the weekend and had some great trout fishing.
We did not catch any large trout but did manage to catch a few smaller, average size trout from the small streams.
Small minnows accounted for most of our fish, although I did get a couple on a rooster tail bladed spinner.
We found that the lowland streams were the best, with streams draining higher snow capped mountains being difficult to wade with a lot of water still pushing through.
In these faster running streams there were still hungry trout; however wading was awkward and unsafe.
In another four weeks or so these lowland streams will start to warm up and the fishing will slow down.
At that point the higher altitude, faster running streams that are hard to fish now will be about perfect.
I have had a couple of reports of yellowbelly being caught in Lake Hume, although no red hot reports as of yet.
At Lake Moodemere I have had reports, and seen photos of stacks of carp being caught, although when I went over there last week I did not get a bite.
I was angling from the bank behind the rowing club with a strong easterly wind blowing into my face, which may not have helped.
Moodemere is well worth a visit, and a great place to take the kids to try and catch a carp.
LIVELY TROUT: Josh Parsons with one his small brown trout caught in a tributary of the Ovens River on a Rapala minnow on the weekend.