Ovens & Murray Advertiser - North East Regional Extra

Spring delight as trout, yellowbell­y on the bite

- With Rob Alexander WANGARATTA

SPRING is well and truly here and the spring time fishing action has hit hard and fast.

Right around the region I have had reports of fish being caught.

The trout streams are all fishing very well with both bait and lures.

Worms are working exceptiona­lly well for bait fishermen in all waterways at the moment.

Lure fishermen are also picking up some lovely trout in streams that have a decent clarity.

With the intermitte­nt spring rainfall the water clarity and height has been inconsiste­nt across all streams, but that is to be expected in spring time.

I have been doing well with the new Strike Tiger leech soft plastics, as well as with worms and a Berkley twitch minnow in a number of streams.

The yellowbell­y are biting well in some areas.

I have seen photos of quite a few nice yellowbell­y being caught in Lake Hume, some of which have been quite large.

I have had some good success fishing off the bank at Lake Nillahcoot­ie using worms for bait.

In two trips over there I have caught 11 yellowbell­y, but nothing huge.

Two of my yellowbell­y were over the legal size which is only 30cm and the rest were either undersize, or that close to being under/over that it is best to just put them back.

I have also seen photos of redfin being caught at Lake Hume this week, with some anglers catching cricket score catches of fish.

Whilst a little further afield, the Waranga basin, which is currently at 95 per cent capacity, has started producing a few redfin.

I went to Lake Moodemere one afternoon this week to try and catch a carp and to my surprise I found it to be so full that the water has flooded out of the lake and over the road - I could not even drive in.

I still fished near the rowing club, but did not get a bite.

 ??  ?? ◆ YELLA GOLD: The yellowbell­y are staring to bite. Lake Nillahcoot­ie is good for getting a decent number of small fish while Lake Hume and Lake Eildon are the places to go to catch the monster yellowbell­y.
◆ YELLA GOLD: The yellowbell­y are staring to bite. Lake Nillahcoot­ie is good for getting a decent number of small fish while Lake Hume and Lake Eildon are the places to go to catch the monster yellowbell­y.
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