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Fishing report from the festive season

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Fishing and camping - what better way to spend the summer holidays.

The Christmas/New Year period in the Central Highlands saw some fantastic conditions for fishing. Our Officers were out on patrol and witnessed some great catches. Several waters were visited and boat patrols conducted on several waters.

From a fishing perspective Great Lake fished well for anglers trolling with lead lines, particularly early and late in the day. On the warmer sunny days, fish were up and about looking for food in the waves near the surface. The fish were concentrated in the wind lanes.

Woods Lake fished well as usual, however lure anglers are starting to have to check for weed fouling their lure fairly regularly. Fly fishermen did well as usual in the south western corner of the lake.

Arthurs Lake – Fish safes were seen to contain nice fish, with trolling anglers and spinning proving popular. Fly fishermen also had good success in Cowpaddock Bay.

Penstock Lagoon – Plenty of duns were on the water on the cloudier days. As usual, good numbers of rising trout were taken by happy anglers.

Little Pine Lagoon – Fish are tailing nicely at the moment and are in excellent condition.

King William – Lots of fish caught by trollers over the period. Green and old cobra lures were the standout.

In all 224 anglers and 42 boats were inspected by our Officers across 5 days. 10 offences were detected. Fishing without a licence, failing to wear PFD and failing to carry minimum safety equipment on vessels accounted for the majority.

IFS wishes all anglers a safe and happy 2020. If you are in need of a New Year’s resolution, we would highly recommend spending more time fishing our lovely inland waterways.

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