Trout streams a bit hit and miss
I LOVE this time of the year - 25 degrees one day, fresh snow on the ground in the mountains the next. It’s amazing.
Thankfully, trout still feed quite well in such fluctuating conditions, unlike out native fish which tend to switch on and off a lot more quickly with the changing barometer.
I have had a few mixed trout fishing reports over the last week.
A bit of a pattern is forming where some streams are fishing poorly and some are fishing red hot.
My young mate Will O’Connor from Beechworth fished a number of tributaries of the Ovens River last week and reported to me that in some of the streams the fishing was so poor that it was not worth fishing, and then in two other streams the fish were going crazy and fighting each other to get on his line.
This is something that we can all learn from.
If the stream you are fishing is fishing poorly, then pack up and move elsewhere and search for a better waterway, or even move to a different stretch of that same waterway in search of better fishing.
I have had no less than a dozen reports of poor fishing in the 15 Mile Creek this season, so last week I went up there and fished it for myself.
I found the trout fishing was OK up high in the headwaters where it is overgrown, and downstream it was much poorer.
Ironically there were a lot of footprints along the creeks edge up high where the better fishing was, so the section of creek copping the most fishing pressure is fishing the best.
Downstream around the hops, I believe that very poor habitat is to blame for the poor fishing, not so much the fishing pressure.
It does not matter how much fishing pressure a trout stream cops, if there’s little shade and no deep holes, there will never be great numbers of trout.
Habitat restoration and more streamside vegetation would help the 15 Mile Creek more than trout stocking.
WILD RAINBOW: A nice rainbow trout caught on a Strike Tiger nymph in the 15 Mile Creek.