Bob Buell finds fishing the floodwaters of the South Esk River in his back yard very rewarding at the start of the season. He explains his methods initially with bait and later with fly.Read more ...
The low level boat launching area at Boundary Bay on Great Lake has been graded. As water levels are slowly rising it should give anglers better boating access for those that want to boat fish on Great Lake. The upgraded launching area is 300 m North East of the usual launch site.
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Jim Schofield, Steven Hambleton and I had made an early start to the day with a dawn run on the wind lane feeders on Great Lake. As the morning progressed and the midge feeders disappeared we moved onto some boat polaroiding. There was a northeasterly wind blowing as we punched our way into chop from Swan Bay towards the southern side of Howells Neck Island. The water level of Great Lake had dropped so much that Howells Neck Island was no longer an island and was more like an extension of Elizabeth Bay. As we moved into the shallows, fish were spotted almost immediately. Big buggy Chernobyl Ants, Red Tags and stick caddis all took fish. Further along the shore the wind was blowing into the shoreline stirring up the water along its edge. A closer look saw fish appear and then disappear in amongst this band of discoloured water. The fish were also patrolling the clearer less turbulent water. A single hookup quickly turned into a double hook up, then a triple hookup as all three of us made the most of a steady run of fish as the boat continued to drift down this productive shore. Fish numbers started to drop off, as the features of the lake started to change. In an attempt to seek out similar water we crossed over to the western side of the lake into Canal Bay. With the wind and sun at our back we drifted in and along the southern shore. Conditions were perfect, with blue skies and a light wind to conceal our presence, we had fish swimming right up to within a couple of metres of the boat before they would spook. It was just one of those days when everything came together. We stayed for the evening rise in Swan Bay as usual, before finally calling it a day. We had fished from dawn to dusk and had done it all from the comfort of Jim’s mobile viewing platform. Far too civilized for me, now where are those walking boots!
Had a nice little session in Boundary Bay (Great Lake) Wednesday evening, 7th January, fishing alongside Benny Dodd. Five Browns and two Rainbows caught on Hardbodies & Plastics.
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Well with all the strong wind, bad weather, and work commitments until this weekend I hadn't been able to wet a line for the season.
But I've kicked it off with a bang. Having a few days off on holidays this week and had a look at Willy Weather on the net decided to give it a bash and go to the Great Lake. Arriving at lunch time on Thursday started fishing at 4pm, by 8;30 had 4 nice Brownies in the boat about 1lbs, 1 Rainbow 1 1/2 lbs, and a 2 1/2 lbs Rainbow, released 2 smaller Brownies, and lost another 2 at the boat.
Had a trip up to Great Lake today with a mate from Hobart, Graeme Cox. I met Coxy at Great Lake Lodge at around 10am and headed up the highway to a track down the lake just past Boundary Bay. We put the boat in and we headed over to Elizabeth Bay, very sunny and calm conditions, which made things a bit tough, but we managed five nice fish.
I haven't been fishing much lately that's why NO reports coming from this direction, but none the less we have one now. Went to the Great lake on Saturday with some mates 3 boats in total and 6 fishermen, upon arrival we decided to make some fun out of the long weekend and made it a little competition between all the boats.
Team Woodberry flew out of the blocks on Saturday afternoon boating 2 nice Brownies in the first half an hour by 6pm and ended up with another 2 a bit later by 7.30, netting 4 very nice Brownies all in very good condition 2 actually carrying fat inside them.
I took my mainland mate (Kevin Wilkinson) to the Great Lake yesterday, joined by Bailey and Phil Zanetto. We were hopeful of some good "Shark fishing", ..(polarioding trout in windlanes). Phil caught one, we never saw a fish. The BBQ was good though.
Bailey & I decided it was about time we got into a bit of dry fly fishing, so with a good forecast we decided to spend a few of hours up at Cramps Bay at Great lake. Werrived around 12pm and fished till 5pm, was tough going. There were plenty of gum beetles on the water, but not too many taking off the top; we did a lot of running around looking for likely spots.
We had a trip to the highlands on Saturday arvo and fished Great Lake. Sunday saw us at Arthurs Lake with my old fishing mate Roundy... Below is the wrap up of the weekend. We arrived on Great Lake around lunch time, conditions weren’t too bad when we arrived but deteriated as the afternoon went on, it got very cold and windy. We stuck it out for a couple of hours for one brown caught by Roundy around the 3lb mark and a couple of misses on the softies.
With a big wish list for a great long weekend planned my bubble soon got burst on Friday when I checked the 4 day weather forecast. Arriving at the Great lake around 2pm finding a reasonable southerly wind coming straight up the lake and most of the fish on the fish finder at around the 7 metre mark I guess due to the barometric pressure on a down ward trend also found they weren't very hungry tried every colour of the rainbow to catch only 1browny in good condition 1 1/2lbs and a very shabby rainbow should have been over 3lbs bet was lucky to get 1 1/2lbs on the scale. I don't why this fish was in so poor condition but over the weekend talking to another angler he had caught one as well just as poor.
I decided to have a look up at Elizabeth Bay today in Great lake. My young offsider, Shane from work has been at me to take him trout fishing for ages so I decided to take him up for a fish, Bailey couldn't be with us as he was too busy down at St.Helens fishing with my brother Paul and his son Nathan. They have been catching some nice salmon, bream and trevally I will try and get some pics for you later on.
Bailey and I thought it was about time we had a fish. It’s been three weeks since we wet a line, so off we went to Cramps Bay to put the boat in. We got there around 11am and got back to the ramp around 4.30pm. The day was mostly cloudy with a few sunny periods, with light wind coming from the south east, turning around later in arvo from the north.
I headed up to Cramps Bay (Great Lake), with my boy Jared this morning.
Left home around 6am and was on the water & fishing by around 7.15ish.
Using Yep black n gold flappers we landed 7 trout, most being browns with the exception of a lone rainbow.
We fished on along the western shore using 1/8th jig heads in around 1.5 to 2 metres of water. Retrieves were very slow,... keeping the plastic along the bottom for as long as possible.
Not much snow left up there at the moment and fish (when cleaned), were extremely pink in colour.
I went up To Great Lake on Friday night to catch up with a few mates and to get ready for an early morning mission on the trout, opening morning. We had 12 guys staying at the shack we rented... and 5 boats in tow.
Most of us made it out onto the water around 7am and myself and a mate (Pat), headed around the shore lines of Becketts and Todds corner.
We fished mainly hard bodies for the first few hours of the day, using Cultiva minnows and Jackal colt minnows in black and gold colours.
As it turned out, we had an impromptu Presidents club outing at Cramps Bay (Great Lake) today. A great day was had with good company, even though, "as expected"... it was a bit on the cool side.
For a full report and photos go to Great Lake 2/6/2012. (see below)
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We had a great day fishing with my son Bailey and Danny Jacobs in my boat, Todd, Jim & Virginia McKenna in Todd’s boat, Dale “The Unit” Howard and Trev in their boat & Brent Taylor and his son Ashey in their boat.
All of us managed fish, what a great bunch to fish with; anyway, this is our boats report.
The morning started off slow to start with us dropping a couple and getting onto a couple a bit later, on the western shore of Cramps.
We planned a trip at the start of the week with Marcus to head to Great Lake as he has been pretty keen to head up and chase a few on Hardbodies. He made the journey up from Smithton and we met up at Deloraine at around 6am, I was running a bit late as I was messing around at the Westbury shop getting supplies. But anyway, we made our way up the Tier and around to Swan Bay. Conditions looked superb from the warm vehicle on the way around, but we soon got a bit of a shock when we jumped out of the bus at the ramp! I think the big fella threw on more pants, jumpers, beanies and buffs before I could even find my "head sock'!
I've been meaning to get a report up earlier, but I've been flat-out this past week.....
Scored a day off work late last week, so I decided to head up to Great Lake for a bit of Trout action. With all the Bream fishing I have been doing of late (which isn't a bad thing) I haven't chased a Trout since about November last year! So I was pretty keen....
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