Thursday, February 29, 2024

REPORT: Merri time for big trout

LAKE Bullen Merri in south-west Victoria has started to fire up, with some big brown trout being taken on trolled lures.

I spent a few days recently trolling this lake from a boat with excellent results on fish of 3-6 pounds. Trolling with bibbed minnow lures on flatlines, leadcore and on the downrigger (with cowbells) proved very effective.

Some great lures to try for this kind of fishing are the Rapala F7, CD7 and Maxraps in the 11cm size. I have also been lucky enough to get my hands on the new “Trout Quiver” lures which are a new kind of wobbler which will hit the shelves in a few months, these have been very effective.

Those big angry browns don’t hesitate at this time of the year to hit a trolled lure as they feed predominantly on small galaxias and gudgeon which inhabit the lake. As the fish have had a couple of good seasons there are some real monsters around and good friend Nick Murrell landed a real whopper of 9.5 pounds late last week.

I also took some time out from trolling to do some polaroiding for big rainbows, and while I saw a few big ones they remained a little elusive, however, things are looking bright for the next few months as the season hits full stride so stay tuned for more reports of big trout!

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Some big rainbows have been spotted cruising the edges of the lake.

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