Win­ter still has fish­ing op­tions

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

OK folks, this is my last fish­ing re­port for a while.

As with every other years I will be tak­ing the win­ter months off, and will re­turn on the last Wed­nes­day in Au­gust, just in time for the new trout sea­son.

There are some fan­tas­tic win­ter fish­ing op­tions avail­able for the next few months - here is a brief over­view.

Lake Mul­wala should tick over nicely for the keen Mur­ray cod en­thu­si­ast for most of the win­ter pro­vided we do not get too much rain.

The Mur­ray River - both up­stream and down­stream of Lake Mul­wala - will be a sim­i­lar story.

Trout fish­ing op­tions will di­min­ish af­ter this long week­end, when streams and rivers close for the win­ter, to al­low for trout’s an­nual spawn run.

An­glers can still fish for trout at Lake Dart­mouth, Lake Hume, Lake Wil­liam Hovell, Lake Buf­falo, Khan­coban pondage or the many smaller fam­ily friendly fish­eries around the re­gion.

The pop­u­lar fam­ily friendly fish­eries will be stocked with ready to catch year­ling rain­bow trout at the end of June, in time for the win­ter school hol­i­days.

Some of the most pop­u­lar fam­ily friendly wa­ter­ways to be stocked will be Fosters Lake at Glen­rowan, Lake Sam­bell and Lake Ker­ferd in Beech­worth, Stan­ley ditch dam in Stan­ley, Up­per Sandy Creek dam at Sandy Creek, An­der­son Lake in Chiltern, Al­lan’s Flat wa­ter­hole near Yackan­dan­dah, Tronoh dredge hole at Har­ri­etville, Fell­tim­ber wetlands in Wodonga, Sum­sion Gar­dens Wodonga, and the brand new fish­ery for 2017…. Mer­riwa Park Lake in Wan­garatta.

Mer­riwa Park Lake is be­hind the tennis courts in Mer­riwa Park.

Prior to 1953 it was Wan­garatta’s public swim­ming pool.

It is nine feet deep in the mid­dle and has bet­ter wa­ter qual­ity than the other more eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble pond as you en­ter the park.

If you fol­low my Face­book page ‘Rob­bie Alexan­der Photography and Fish­ing’ you are sure to be up­dated when the trout are stocked into these lakes.

I would like to say an enor­mous thank you to ev­ery­body that has sup­ported this col­umn for the last nine months, and re­mind ev­ery­body that if you would like to fol­low my fish­ing ad­ven­tures dur­ing the win­ter months then be sure to sub­scribe to my YouTube chan­nel ‘rob­biefish­ing’.

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