Trout an­glers…it’s time to get ex­cited

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - NEWS - with ROB ALEXAN­DER, Wan­garatta

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.

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