toolong-troutFinally some run off!

With 20mm of rain falling last weekend in some inland catchment areas the rivers are finally up a little and have coloured up for the first time in 10 months. The Glenelg River is now discoloured all the way down to the river mouth, but is still fishing well for bream, estuary perch and school mulloway in the lower reaches.

The mouth is still open and with the big tides following the full moon there is some bluewater going in their on a daily basis.

The Hopkins River has risen about a foot in the lower reaches and the trout have really fired up.  Fish to 2.5kg have been caught this week casting lures all the way from just below the Hopkins Falls to Allansford mainly in the heads and tails of the big pools.

I got some great fish during the week on F7 rapalas fishing in the runs up to 2kg.  The perch have been a bit quiet, but are still there to catch below the falls down around the Cudgee Creek junction and also below the speedway at Allansford. Some good catches have also been made down in the estuary around the bridge area as the fish begin to school up and get ready to spawn.  The jewies have been quiet, but a few anglers have come across some big fish out from the jetties in the evenings.

The Merri River is still running clear and is producing some excellent fishing from Caramut road bridge upstream with redfin to 2kg and trout to 2.6kg mainly caught trolling or on t-tail soft plastics.  The lower river cutting hasn't fired yet but some good fish have been caught down at the Stanley Street bridge by anglers fishing early and late in the day.

The trout season closure for the upstream reaches of the Hopkins and Merri rivers is still in places for now, although I would be expecting an announcement from the minister this week and they should be open all year around soon.