Trout anglers…it’s time to get excited
WHILE many parts of the country are suffering from debilitating drought, North East Victorian rivers and streams are running strong and in almost pristine condition ahead of this weekend’s official trout season opening. While a rainfall deficiency has effected many low lying areas with farm dams and rainwater tanks struggling with low water levels, in the hills it has been business as usual with plenty of winter rain and snow. A quick drive around the region last week to look at the trout streams was quite a delight with all streams carrying a healthy amount of water for this time of the year. None were in flood, but none were excessively low either. In fact, they looked perfect for the new trout season which opens this Saturday. As I type this report there is the possibility of considerable rain in the catchments only a day or two before the trout season opens this Saturday. It is not likely to be flooding rain though, so this could be a wonderful thing that might really get the trout feeding. All areas that contain trout will be worth fishing. If you fished somewhere successfully before the season closed, then that spot will be worth fishing once the season opens. Likely spots to try will be the Ovens River upstream of Bright, anywhere along the Buckland River, the Buffalo River upstream of Abbeyard, the Dandongalale River, the King River upstream of Lake William Hovell and a little further afield the Mitta Mitta and Kiewa Rivers will be well worth fishing. As the catchments have had considerable rainfall, drifting a slightly weighted bunch of worms should work a treat on opening as there will no doubt be plenty in the system already. Lure fishermen might like to try metallic bladed spinners with plenty of flash. I find metallic bladed spinners often work well early in the season - Celtas and Super Vibrax are a great starting point. Also, a friendly reminder that crayfishing season and Murray cod season both close at midnight Friday night (August 31).
◆ LOOKING GOOD: Rivers and streams throughout the North East have good flows and hold promise for a great trout season opening this weekend.