Trout open­ing a bit slow

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - REGIONAL EXTRA -

THE ea­gerly awaited trout sea­son has opened, but be­fore I get into trout, I want to tell you about a mon­ster Mur­ray cod that was caught and re­leased off the bank at Lake Mul­wala in the last week of the cod sea­son.

Will Sharp of Tarrawingee sent me a photo of a 125cm Mur­ray cod that he caught off the bank while an­gling with his fam­ily.

Will caught the mon­ster cod on a bait of cheese and chicken.

Will’s fish is not only the fish of a life­time, but a great re­minder to the many an­glers that do not own boats that these un­der­wa­ter beasts can be caught from the bank in ar­eas that see a lot of fish­ing pres­sure.

Thanks for the in­spi­ra­tion Will, and con­grat­u­la­tions on catch­ing a Mur­ray cod far big­ger than any- thing that I have caught.

On Satur­day many keen an­glers ven­tured into the hills to fish for trout in the many streams around the re­gion.

Many an­glers, in­clud­ing my­self were caught off guard at how high the water was, and in some cases how dirty it was.

On Satur­day I fished a to­tal of six dif­fer­ent small streams, all trib­u­taries of the Ovens and King rivers and found the fish­ing to be very slow.

I man­aged to land a cou­ple of rain­bow trout us­ing worms as bait and lost one brown trout on a small soft plas­tic.

The gen­eral feel­ing around the re­gion was of very slow fish­ing on open­ing morn­ing.

Two an­glers I know fished the King and Rose rivers on Satur­day, and said while the river was run­ning a lit­tle high and fast, with only mi­nor dis­coloura­tion, there were few fish to be had – they landed two brown trout around a foot each float­ing worms, but that was all they saw.

Pos­si­bly the best re­port I have is from Dane Shearer who did well in the Kiewa River pick­ing up four trout – all were very good size.

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