Myrtleford Times

A perfect time to get out trout fishing

- With Rob Alexander WANGARATTA

SUDDENLY it is winter, or so it seems.

Last weekend’s Antarctic blast may give the illusion that winter is here and the fishing is quiet, but do not be mistaken...there’s still some warm weather ahead.

April is a fantastic time to go trout fishing, and over the last week I have caught quite a few trout myself.

On those warm April days when the thermomete­r pushes up into the low 20s, the trout usually feed like mad.

The best time of the day to target trout during April is the middle of the day, when the sun is at its warmest, the bugs and insects are out flying and the entire ecosystem is alive.

On the cold damp mornings, sleep in.

Wait for the sun to get warm enough to dry the wings of the beetles and bugs, then hit the water.

I reckon 10am to 3pm is a great time to head out, unlike the middle of summer when sunrise and sunset is best.

The Ovens River upstream of Bright and its tributarie­s have all been fishing very well, so too has the Buffalo River upstream of Lake Buffalo - the further up the better.

The upper King River has also been fishing really well, up around Pineapple Flat.

These are only the reports that I have heard.

I am sure that just about every waterway that has trout in it will be fishing well at the moment as the trout try to gain weight before their annual spawning run in May and June.

Try using small dark soft plastics that may look like any of the small black bugs floating down the streams at the moment.

Crickets, March flies, blow flies, millipedes etc. they’re all small and black and all make up part of a trout’s diet.

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 ??  ?? ◆ ON THE BITE: A lovely rainbow trout caught in a tributary of the Ovens River on a small Strike Tiger nymph soft plastic lure last week.
◆ ON THE BITE: A lovely rainbow trout caught in a tributary of the Ovens River on a small Strike Tiger nymph soft plastic lure last week.

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