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Well what a last few weeks we have had on the charters, calm days, hurricane days, very wet days but some very exciting and productive days too with several trophy fish being taken and many more to come !


This lake just continues to produce but not in the numbers we were having. Even though a couple of fish a trip is the norm now they have been of exceptional quality. Michael Evans snagged a 3.33 kg brown on a white tassie clown to top the list. Not far behind was Josh Leech with a 3 kg beauty taken on the orange/gold tassie as well as a 2.1 kg.  Other anglers to do well here are: Dick Lane 2 x 2.5 kg browns. Darryl Luttrell 2x 2.5 browns, Fraser McCann 2.6 brown, Chris Allman and Jason Klienitz with a brown + rainbow, Charlie Goral with a 1.9 brown, Jason LIlley scored a beaut 2.5 kg buck brown, Marcus Holmes and Ian Jamieson  both got nice rainbows around the 1.6 kg mark.
Like and share comp winner Mark Wilson from Werribee also had a day out in atrocious conditions but still managed to bag a pair of beaut browns too, well done Mark !

White tassie clown pattern is now the dominant lure in my tackle box on Tooliorook at the moment but how quickly that can change too. Pinks were the go to lure last month and I'm tipping that the orange colors and yellow wings will become the flavour as the spawn progresses.


This Great Lake is just about to switch right on in my books and as I'm typing this report I just received a pic of a exceptional fish of 6 kg taken there over the weekend as well as news of a 3.8 kg. I managed to take a 3.8kg myself there last Thursday and cannot speak highly enough of the place now and the credit due to the DPI for their vision and research to make these great crater lakes into magnificent fisheries.Clint Hotchin and myself managed a fish each last weekend that went 2 kg. Small Chinook salmon continue to take lures intended for bigger fish and all due care must be exercised in the handling and return of these little guys as those who can remember the cycle of the last great wave of chinooks will tell you we have some very exciting times ahead when these fish mature and grow out. Baits such as scrub worms, mudeyes and power bait will get you a fish here as well as casting lures and trolling, be it flat lining on top or down rigging to depths.

Bullen Merri

Don't have too much to report here as other places have kept us busy but there is some great fish to be taken here too on the above described methods. Plastics around the edges and power bait seem to work well. Look out for some real action here in the next few weeks as the temp rises and the fish really spring to life!

Lake Bolac

This lake also has not reached its full potential as yet and promises so much over the coming weeks. Has been some bank anglers doing well here on power bait, glassies, white bait or just casting lures such as pink tassies and Norries lay down minnows. Scrub worms also a reliable bait here too.

Grampians lakes

Had some good reports from lake Wartook with browns up to 2.5 taken in the wall area trolling lures as well as on mudeye. Not a lot of Redfin on show as yet but as the weather warms up they will turn up.

This lake has just had a stocking of chinook and has not produced much more than a few Redfin and the odd trout so far this year. The chinook are expected to have a massive growth rate in here and in my thoughts will do the Redfin population no harm at all as they will keep the numbers of small ones in check as they grow into the ferocious feeders they become.


Rocklands just continues to let the fishermen down this year and has produced very little. A Great Lake with fish written all over it but just hasn't fired to date. I feel it needs a lift in water temp to get the fish going again and restore the former glory days it once enjoyed.


Well I've just got back from a weekend there that showed so much promise and delivered very little. We took a few browns to 1.6 kg but dropped several larger fish after hook ups. The fish just don't seem to be hitting well and I can say we only saw one rise for the whole weekend even though there is incects and hatches a plenty. Fished mudeye for several hours as well to not lose a bait so I'm tipping its just a temporary lull due to end of spawn. Some great fish taken 2 weeks ago now virtually nothing leans towards a spawn break.

Wurdi boluc

The reservoir is also quiet at the moment but some angler putting in time have taken browns up to 3 kg mainly on rapalas, double clutches or bait wise, mudeye or scrub worm. Redfin haven't come on the chew yet but look out for the next report as I imagine there will be a few poking around by then.

Summary: As a whole fishing the fresh is improving all the time and we have a lot to look forward to over the next few months and years with great stock being produced and water levels rising as I write. Lure color and selections will change with the transition into spring and the end of spawn runs, don't forget to change things lure wise or get bogged down with the old faithful that caught your last good fish. My mentality has changed on sticking to old faithful and with a marked increase in catches ! Amazing what an open mind and open ears can do ! Listen and learn because there's is always a tip or slight advantage from learning. Read the water not just fish it, think like a fish and your catches will increase. Observe conditions, run a diary or log of catches and conditions at that time. Barometer ups and downs, wind, cloud, time of day, moon phase....they all contribute and may just let you tailor your next trip or outing to maximise enjoyment.

CAUTION: Have seen several snakes already out and about so please be careful especially around water as this is prime habitat. Most snakes hunt at night so keep that in mind too and always keep a close eye on kids and pets at your favourite lake or river.

Tight lines to all and look forward to your feedback and reports.



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  • shane collins
    shane collins says #
    Great report trev freshwater looking so good mate.
  • Dave
    Dave says #
    awesome fishing report Trevor ,your knowledge of these lakes is spot on ... love your work
  • David
    David says #
    Great report Trev , Will try and see you soon . Go Hawks

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Toolondo continues to fish well for both brown and rainbow trout with the odd Redfin being taken as well.Most lures are working well with pink,white and lumo blue being my preferred colors.I have also had success on the stumpjumper finesse in pink or the orange/brown color. The holographic tassie is also a standout. Water level is starting to drop but with a little luck there will be water run into it from Rocklands in the near future. Browns are up to 2.3 kg and rainbows have been up to 3kg.

Tooliorook at Lismore is still producing beaut rainbows and some nice browns too. Trolling tassie devils in pink or white are getting results. Bait fishing live minnows or gudgeon either under a float or on the bottom works well here too. Power bait also accounts for many fish here, pink or orange the preferred colors.

A lot of other lakes are also fishing well including Bullen Merri and Purrembete for browns, rainbows. Many of the new release chinook salmon are being caught and released too. What an exciting time we have ahead in these 2 lakes when they mature. Purrembete is always a good all rounder with many Redfin available by drop shotting minnow imitations or using live bait.

Lake Bolac is producing rainbows of basically 2 sizes...1kg and 2 kg and above.

Lakes Fyans and Wartook near Halls Gap are starting to fire again after getting a lot of fishing pressure due to the past drought. Wartook being the pick of these lakes with lures and bait getting the results.

Rocklands is a bit of a hit or miss lake at the moment but will improve in the near future. Carp are a major problem here and will take any bait presented with fish of 9 or 10 kg not un-common.

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