Trout still slow, yel­low­belly pick­ing up

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NORTH EAST REGIONAL EXTRA - with Rob Alexan­der

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.

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