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Brown trout are moving upstream ready to spawn

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THERE is movement in the trout streams... brown trout movement.

I can confirm that many brown trout have now made their way upstream ready to spawn.

I have not seen any sign of trout spawning yet as it is still a bit early, but over the next few weeks I suspect the brown trout will pair up and begin spawning later this month.

The rainbow trout will be a couple of months behind.

They usually start spawning around July, deep into the closed season.

I have been having some great success trout fishing with worms.

The recent rains must have added enough fresh water into the streams to trigger a bit of a ‘worm bite’ if there is such a thing.

I have caught trout on worms in several streams, either static angling in one deep pool, or drifting worms through pools as I make my way upstream.

For those that prefer to lure fish, I have also been having success with black soft plastics and small minnow lures.

I have had mixed reports from Lake Buffalo with some people catching good numbers of redfin while others struggle to find any fish.

The key up there is to look for the schools of redfin.

Keep moving around in search of the schools.

If you find a decent sized school it could change your day from a fishless trip to a fishing bonanza.

I have heard a couple of good reports of redfin being caught at the Waranga Basin, and from what I have heard the redfin have slowed down a bit at Lake Hume.

Many people are still catching fish, but once again the key is to move around and look for schools of fish.

For the cod fishermen Lake Mulwala has been fishing quite well this week.

There were quite a few Murray cod and yellowbell­y caught in a competitio­n running over the weekend.

The water level in Lake Mulwala is due to start falling this week, so there’s not a lot of time left for people with larger boats to wet a line there before the boat ramps are out of the water.

 ?? ?? ◆ ON THE BITE: The region’s trout have been biting very well on worms recently, most likely due to recent rainfall washing them into the system naturally.
◆ ON THE BITE: The region’s trout have been biting very well on worms recently, most likely due to recent rainfall washing them into the system naturally.
 ?? ?? with Rob Alexander WANGARATTA
with Rob Alexander WANGARATTA

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