Trout still slow, yellowbelly picking up
WHILE the poor trout fishing reports continue to roll in from so many anglers across the region, one man, Anthony Cox, continues to enjoy one of the best seasons he can remember.
Fishing mostly in the Ovens River only a stones throw from Bright, Anthony has been catching plenty of trout.
Attached to this report is a photo of two nice rainbows he caught last week.
I also had a report in from two fishermen who fished the Ovens River at Bright and Harrietville on Saturday.
One was fishing scrub worms weighted with splitshot and the other fly fishing with a dry fly with a bead headed nymph two feet below and each caught one trout – both only around 20cms – which were released.
I fished several tributaries of the Ovens and King rivers last week for trout and found very few fish.
Thankfully I have found a couple of streams with half reasonable populations of fish, but they are few and far between.
I remember this happening in 2012 - when the season closed in June the trout fishing was great as it had been throughout the 2011-2012 season but then when the season reopened it was terrible fishing and stayed that way all season.
Slowly the trout fishing built back up.
Terry Alexander went to Lake Nillahcootie last Wednesday with his neighbour and managed to catch a few yellowbelly.
The fishing was not red hot and they only managed four fish, but this is a start and as the weather starts to heat up so too should the yellowbelly fishing in not just Lake Nillahcootie, but also any other waterways containing yellowbelly.
There has been a few redfin starting to pop up around the area over the last week too.
I caught my first redfin yesterday since autumn - it was only small, around 15-20cm.
I caught it in the Broken Creek at a roadside rest area on a Strike Tiger nymph soft plastic.
The fish was caught just upstream of Katamatite where the water is clearer before it runs into Boosey Creek and becomes dirty.
I was only there for 10 minutes so I think that area may warrant further exploring.
NICE DOUBLE: These rainbow trout were caught in the Ovens River near Bright by Anthony Cox last week. Anthony is having a fantastic season while many of us are struggling.