Ac­tion at most lakes

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Regional Extra - BY ROB ALEXAN­DER, WAN­GARATTA

I HAVE so many fish­ing re­ports from around the area over the past week that I have de­cided to do an old fash­ioned point form re­port.

Lake Buf­falo: Redfin to 1kg have been caught trolling the small Halco “Crazy Deep” lures in around 20-25 feet of wa­ter just up­stream of the yel­low marker buoys. Small redfin have also been caught cast­ing soft plas­tics and 7gm blades from the bank near Mar­shalls ridge.

Lake Wil­liam Hovell: Redfin to 30cm have been caught us­ing small yab­bies for bait in the open wa­ter at the south­ern edge of the lake. Smaller redfin have also been caught on soft plas­tics cast from the bank over the weed beds.

The Up­per Mur­ray River: The river around Jin­gel­lic has been pro­duc­ing quite a few de­cent sized Mur­ray cod on cast spin­ner­baits and hard body lures. A few cod over 100cm in length have been landed, how­ever, the aver­age size has been much smaller.

Lake Mul­wala: Lake Mul­wala has stepped up a few notches in re­cent weeks with catches of le­gal sized Mur­ray cod be­com­ing more and more fre­quent. Spin­ner­baits dur­ing the day and sur­face lures of an evening have been get­ting the best re­sults down there.

Lake EIl­don: Lake Eil­don has been a lit­tle slow lately. I fished the Jerusalem Creek arm with quite a large group of very ex­pe­ri­enced an­glers on Fri­day night and Satur­day morn­ing. Jar­rod Martin from “The fish grip” landed two un­der­sized cod on Fri­day night on medium sized hard body lures, while on Sun­day morn­ing Rod Macken­zie said he had two strikes, and three fol­lows and that was it. Rod did tell me that he was gob­s­macked at the size of each of the three yel­low­belly that fol­lowed his spin­ner­bait right to the side of the boat, es­ti­mat­ing each of them to be well over 60cm in length. He said that while the fish were cu­ri­ous, they just were not switched on enough to have a de­cent strike at his spin­ner­bait.

ON THE BITE: Yel­low­belly sim­i­lar to this one are play­ing hard to catch at Lake Eil­don at the mo­ment. A few days of sta­ble weather could see ‘fol­lows’ turn­ing into ag­gres­sive strikes.

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