LAKE Charm is producing redfin to 40cm on No. 3 Stumpjumpers and yellowbelly to 50cm on small yabbies.
Jim said the Wakool River is steady for Murray cod to 87cm on small bardi grubs. The Edward River at Moulamein is producing Murray cod from legal size to 25kg on lures and yabbies. The Murray River at Swan Hill has good numbers of yellowbelly to 50cm and small numbers of undersize Murray cod caught on yabbies.
In the Western District, Lake Tooliorook is fishing well for redfin to about 1kg on worms and minnow. Lake Purrumbete is producing brown and rainbow trout to 2.4kg on mudeyes presented below a bubble float.
Chris Hall at Portland said southern bluefin tuna to 25kg and albacore to 20kg are running in good numbers between Portland and Port MacDonnell. Successful anglers are trolling standard skirts, Jetheads and Rapala X-rap lures. Bottom fishing offshore from Cape Bridgewater is producing tiger flathead, gummy sharks to 12kg and school sharks to 20kg. Shelleys Beach at Cape Bridgewater has salmon to 3kg being caught on bluebait, pilchard and lures. King George whiting to 50cm are being caught between Pt Danger and Pivot. A few large schools of salmon are moving about off Portland from Black Nose to the North Shore. The fish are from 1kg to 3kg and taking lures and pilchard. Fitzroy and Surrey Rivers are producing bream to 36cm on soft plastic and vibe lures, glassies and prawn baits. Beach anglers fishing the North Shore are catching salmon, school and gummy sharks. Salmon are also running off beaches at Warrnambool.
In Port Phillip Bay, Brett Terossi said King George whiting to 40cm are being caught off Macrae, Sorrento, Queenscliff, St Leonards, Pt Wilson and Corio Bay inner and outer harbours. Baits to use include pipi or mussel as a cocktail with squid. Snapper to 6kg are being caught off Altona to Williamstown and along the eastern seaboard from Frankston to Mt Martha. Water depths ranged from 12m to 21m and baits used include fresh squid, pilchard and whiting.
Gary Constantine at Eildon said Lake Eildon is producing brown trout to 6.3kg, redfin to 1.4kg and yellowbelly to 4kg. Trout are being caught flatline trolling Tassie Devil lures, redfin are taking yabbies, scrubworms and Baltic Bobber lures while scrubworms are best for yellowbelly. Eildon Pondage has been difficult to fish due to water level fluctuations, however anglers have managed brown and rainbow trout to 2kg on Croc lures, Powerbait and local dough mix. Big River, Rubicon and Acheron Rivers are all consistent for trout to 500g on Celtas and scrubworms.
In South Gippsland, Alan McFayden said Western Port is producing whiting to 46cm along Middle Spit, Tortoise Head and Balnarring. Most whiting are taking pipi and squid. Gummy sharks to about 10kg are being caught along the channel edges from Hastings to the western entrance.
In the Gippsland Lakes, Toms Creek at Hollands Landing is steady for bream. Bream are being caught at Paynesville and McMillan Straits on hard body lures and prawns. Metung has bream and flathead.
The Mitchell River is fishing well for garfish at the butter factory and bream and perch in the Backwater. Bream are also being caught from Eagle Point to the mouth of the river, with lures and prawns doing well. Sandworm and prawn baits are catching bream in the Tambo and Nicholson Rivers. At Lakes Entrance, garfish and silver trevally are being caught on sandworm. The Toorloo and Nowa Nowa Arms of Lake Tyers are producing bream to 41cm on prawns and lures.
The estuary at Marlo is fishing well for bream and luderick around the rock groynes. Bemm River entrance is open and producing tailor and silver trevally on lures while in the lake, bream and flathead are taking prawn baits and soft plastic lures. Tamboon Inlet has bream to 40cm, flathead, tailor and salmon. At Mallacoota Inlet, luderick are being caught on weed at Captains Pt and the Top Lake has bream and flathead. Beaches and entrance channels from Marlo to Mallacoota are producing salmon and tailor on lures or bluebait or pilchard fished with surf poppers.