Trout streams a bit hit and miss

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

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.

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