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Cracker Browns!

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G'day all, been a busy few months since my last report with most of my work being on Toolondo ,Rocklands, Lonsdale or Lake Fyans. These lakes have produced some great fish especially Toolondo with some cracker browns growing out now and a few beaut rainbows as well. Best brown we have taken was by Geelong taxidermist Trevor Lumb just tipping the 3 kg mark. Paul Worsteling of IFISH nailed a rainbow there on mudeye when we were filming an upcoming action packed show that would have been just a tad over 3 kg. Mudeye under floats has been the most consistant method of capture but the Fish Arrow plastics seem to have these measure of mainly browns there but the odd rainbow is tricked by them as well, if you haven't used the Arrows guys get on them as they are very realistic and do produce ! Look out for that episode of IFISH probably going to air in June/July sometime, some of the best trout footage you will get to see and the action is just incredible.  Rocklands has produced some nice Redfin mostly taken on stumpjumpers in about 3 to 4 metres of water around the trees opposite the main ramp and down towards the wall. Further upstream reports have filtered in of some larger reddies so if you put in the time and find them it's well worth the effort. Lake Lonsdale has once again been the victim of a "environmental flush" and at the time of writing is virtually empty again. It produced some of the best Redfin you will wish to see but is now all but a puddle ! Lake Fyans continues to recover well after many years of fishing pressure throughout the drought. I fished here a few weeks ago and signs of recovery are there and the rainbows were very willing to hit lures and when they did the condition of them surprised me, fat little fish that are doing very well. Some smaller Redfin were on at the time but in the last few weeks it has produced some great fish that it was once very well known for. The browns are a little timid here but the ever reliable mudeye will tempt them if presented well. Looking forward to getting amongst the great fish coming out of Purrembete after Australia Day weekend and this lake has been the standout for trophy fish in Victoria for the last few months. Redfin are coming on there now and drop shotting in about 25 metres will see you fill the bag in no time. Plenty of chinook salmon as well but they are not up to that keeper size as yet so please enable them to grow out and ensure a fishing future here. Bullen merri continues to both please and frustrate anglers with varying results. The big fish it is renowned for haven't had a decent go this year but I suspect it's not too far away from becoming a Mecca for big fish. Chinooks have done better here than purrembete and I have heard of a couple pulling the scales down to 1.2 kg. Lake Bolac is starting to give up a few of its famous rainbows as well so keep an eye on reports there as some trophy fish will surface soon with some settled weather. Tooliorook at Lismore and Deep Lake at derrinallum have both suffered dramatically from not only low water levels but also from being illegally netted by poachers unknown. Sad to say that these 2 lakes are in a very bad way and that greed has got the better of certain individuals that have pretty much decimated the populations of not only the trout but the Redfin as well. Please, if you have seen anything suspicious going on at these lakes or have any information (registration numbers, photos etc) that could lead to a possible conviction contact DEPI on 13FISH and report it as it needs to stop. We pay our licence fees to get these places up and running, restocked and producing only to have these un desirables sneak in under the cover of darkness to destroy them. The water side of things is a natural thing and can't be avoided but poaching can be stopped. It is up to us as fishos to do our best and be the guardians of these places. 

I look forward to hearing and seeing your results over the rest of summer and in the future and also would welcome you on board for a fish at anytime. 

We have purchased a house at Toolondo which will be available for weekend (3 nights minimum) rental or weeks at a time (5 nights) after the Australia Day weekend. 2 bedroom with doubles plus a large bunk room that also has 2 doubles and 2 singles. Safe parking/storage for boats on private property. Fully furnished and overlooks the lake right opposite the main ramp. BBQ on the deck and yes pets are welcome. Fish cleaning table provided. Contact myself or Nat for prices/details/availability. Only 25 mins to Rocklands as well. 

For those a bit budget conscious we also have the shearers quarters available 500 meteres down the road still available at $40 per night with full facitilies as well. 

Tight lines to all and good luck.....Trev and Nat 

 

 

 

 

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