The weather has certainly been varied in Victoria and Melbourne this week.
30 degree sunny days to showers and thunderstorms. Pretty much your average mid-November Spring weather.
Plus - extremely important news - we can go fishing anywhere in the state. With all Coronavirus travel restrictions lifted. You can drive from one part of Victoria to the other and fish at your favourite fishing spot.
Might even be able to get rid of these bloody masks yet. Fishing with a mask in hot weather is pretty hard.
Especially with asthma - and don't bother telling me about asthma is exempted. Because technically it is. But not every cop is on the same page - it would seem from personal experience.
So - where have the fish been biting this week? Let's take a Captain Cook...
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Port Phillip Bay Fishing Reports
Starting off in the Western end of Port Phillip Bay the Snapper reports are rolling in.
With catches reported around Clifton Springs to 5kg. Hotspots include Wilson Spit and the quarries.
Shorebased, around Clifton Springs, soft plastics have proven to be effective on Flathead, Aussie Sambo's and Pike. With a monster, 93cm Pike reported by the owner of trellys.com.au taken on Gulp soft plastics.
Moving up the coast a little onto the Bellarine Peninsula.
Calamari - aka squid - are getting some good reports. With some hoods measuring 40cm. Also, Whiting reports coming in from the same area.
Queenscliff has had some a lot of snapper reports with models up to 65 cm. Plus some big Trevally and Aussie Salmon. Soft plastics doing the bulk of the reported work there.
Both Cassar Fishing Charters and Sharkmen Fishing Charters have had an awesome snapper week for their customers. Some really impressive numbers seen there. Check out the photos on the ifish website here.
Some nice 6kg snapper reported off Port Melbourne.
While some beautiful snapper was caught off the Mordialloc Beach. With one up to 75cm.
This shows just how close in the reds can get during choppy conditions. Especially with the blow coming from the West - as it was earlier this last week.
Offshore from Chelsea has seen some great snapper reports too. With 7.55kg nothing to be sneezed at.
Other snapper hotspots, taken by boaties, on Port Phillip Bay included Carrum and Frankston and Williamstown.
Also some nice bagging out reports of squid off Mount Martha and Mud Island.
While flathead off Werribee South Beach produced some nice action for some lucky landbased anglers.
Western Port Bay Fishing Reports
Western Port Squid are still doing well. With some of the charter companies pulling in some monster-sized Calamari.
The same can be said of Whiting.
The fishing charter companies have it down pat get their customers out to the hotspots in the bag. With Cassar Fishing Charters and Reel Time Fishing Charters being names that popup a bloody lot.
Just off Ventnor Beach has seen some good-sized squid. While to the North at Quail Bank there's been some great Whiting and Squid action.
Crawfish Rock has again produced some great snapper. In the 4-4kg range. Along with Joe's Island.
Around Tooradin Channel, Wallaby bank and Lysaughts there's been more Whiting action. Along with a few decent sized flathead up to 57cm.
In fact, the top end of Western Port bay has seen several folks with some perfect whiting bag limits. Plus some nice gummies.
Ditto Lang Lang with some nice gummies being reported amongst some decent 70cm plus snapper on a kayak.
Elizabeth Island, just offshore of French Island, also producing some reds. While offshore Phillip Island at Rhyll saw a Bronze Whaler Shark.
iFish reports the fisho's used Pike for bait.
Estuary Fishing Reports
Spring has well and truly sprung - and the Bream are biting in the 'nong. The Marybinong River saw some nice bream taken in the upper reaches of the Estuary. Below the Race Course. Chicken doing the damage as bait.
Freshwater Fishing Reports
With the Murray Cod season closed until December, with a few waterways like Lake Eildon excepted, its good to see our Aussie staples are on the bite.
Reports of Yellowbelly are still coming in from Lake Nagambie. The hotspots are the same as last week. Chinaman's Bridge and around the Wineries.
If you're not sure exactly where that is. You can launch from the boat ramp near Nagambie Lakes Leisure Park. Then head upstream of the Goulburn River. Chinaman's bridge is the first bridge. The Wineries are further upstream of this point. I have a review on this boat ramp based on my late 2019 visit. See Lake Nagambie Boat Ramp.
Not as many reports coming in from Lake Nillahcootie. But this may be accounted for by the number of people heading down to Lake Eildon where the Yellowbelly have gone off.
However, some Yellowbelly reports from there show they are being taken on both hardbody lures and baits including scrubworms and medium-size yabbies.
Across at Waranga Basin, Yellowbelly's are biting on Codgers and Number 2 Stumpjumpers. Fishing the dropoffs where they're chasing baitfish.
While the channels around Waranga Basin and Shepparton are also fishing well for Yella's on blades.
Smaller Redfin is being landed around the East Shepparton area.
Lake Eildon has taken off like a rocket. Trelley's reports Jock Baker and mates landed over 100 fish on a 4 day trip between them. Most were caught and released, of course.While it's also producing some nice Brown Trout around 3 to 5kg weight.
Hotspots have been the Delattie Arm and near Bonnie Doon. Trolling Stump Jumpers and Codgers.
Lake Hume up on the Mighty Murray has produced some good Yellowbelly too..
As well as some 70cm Rainbow Trout and some good feeds of Redfin.
According to Trelly's the go-to lure was the Crazy Deep RMG Poltergeist 50’s in Red colour.
The Loddon River is another place where they are now experiencing Yellowbelly action. This comes as the river clears and begins to warm up.har
Trelly's reports that fishos have had success smearing some Dizzy's Yabby Scent onto Spinners and hardbody lures. Noting to avoid the classic mistake of getting the scent onto your leader. Keep it on the lure folks!!
On the Loddon, hotspots are Newbridge through to Laanecoorie.
At the moment it'd almost be quicker to mention where the Yellowbelly is not biting, folks!!
With Yellowbelly reported at Cairn Curran Reservoir as well as Redfin. Plus the Campaspe River near Elmore Weir producing more Yella's.
Lake Eppalock's Yellowbelly action has quietened down. However, Redfin is still worth chasing. Daiwa Bait Junky lures reportedly getting some good results.
Around Bendigo, the lakes have produced some good Yellowbelly and Rainbow Trout. Small spinners being the go.
Lake Weeroona, according to Trelly's, has seen some Caprzilla hauled in. With Carp over 80cm slurping up corn on a hook.
Yuck! Get up there and get those Mud Marlin out of the water. Zero tolerance on this imported pest!!
Yarrambat Lake is still producing some good-sized Rainbow Trout taken on lures. This is a stocked lake and its pretty surprising how many stonkers are reeled in there from time to time.
Berwick Springs is also producing some great sized Rainbow Trout. Including several stonkers. Plus an errant Murray Cod. Which caught all concerned by surprise, to say the least!