Peter at Braemar here with an updated fishing report leading into and including the Easter break.
The Lake level continues to drop dramatically which now sits just below 42%, some 17% having disappeared over the past 10 weeks, that must be some sort of record, lets hope there is some left for those who will need it for irrigation purposes when the time comes, very puzzling indeed !!!!!!!
Of course all the indicators and results leading up to Easter suggested a disaster was unfolding, the fishing had been absolutely atrocious with Braemar not having one fish recorded for 9 days in spite of several anglers doing their dandiest to catch an elusive trout, the very warm and dry conditions were obviously a factor with water temperature on the surface being a warm 20.3c, hardly what you call Alpine conditions.
The Gods must have been listening and 2 days before the Easter crowds arrived at Braemar the fish started moving, not in big numbers but enough to get anglers enthusiastic and motivated, the Internal Braemar Bay Anglers competition got under way with some nice results, the mix being 69 rainbows up to 990 gms and and 4 Browns up to 1197 gms, most anglers enjoyed some success and it was particulary pleasing for all to see that the fish had returned just in time.
Most results came from trolling, the ever reliable # 28 Disco Dancer proving to be very popular as with the Sunset Frog # 94, # 106 Tribal and # 36 Yellow Wings being the only lighter colour to tempt the fish, Fly-fishing again saw mixed results with Olive Woolly buggers and small nymphs doing well during daylight hours and practically nothing doing any good after dark, the bait fishers did OK with Chunky Cheese, Mudeyes and live yabby’s and the lure casters did well with Pegrons and flashy bladed lures, in all it was a pretty good few days at Braemar.
Since Easter the fishing has continued to improve with very good quality Rainbows now out and about, Chunky Cheese and Power baits have continued to bring results and mudeyes are still having an impact, but the big news is that the Browns are now coming back and just this morning, Thursday March 31st an absolute Monster was lost just in front of the Park by former Australian Casting Champion Vinnie Ford who has been fishing at Braemar for over 50 years. According to Vinnie this was a seriously big fish, it was tempted by his own tie of a “Yetti” retrieved slowly, the fish was in about 1 meter of water, so close to the bank and was on for 22 exciting minutes on a 4 lb. tippet, so as you can imagine it was quite the challenge, Vinnie covered a lot of ground trying to turn the fish and at one stage he estimates some 70 meters of line and backing were between him and the fish on 2 occasions, like most big and smart fish it found a way to discharge the fly and left Vinnie with only the memory of such an exciting encounter, obviously trying to estimate the size of such a fish is impossible but according to Vinnie who witnessed a 8kg fish being caught here in the 70’s, in his opinion this fish was well over that weight.
Braemar Bay Holiday Park is private property, access to the Lake is for onsite and paying guests only, we do encourage visitors and have no problem with them accessing the Lake through the Park as long as they obey our rules, no camping along the foreshore whatsoever at anytime and please take your rubbish with you and of course come to the shop before you enter the Park, buy a drink or ice cream and have a chat about the latest results, do not enter the Park without permission thanks.
Pictured below are Steve Smith, Jessie Maugher, Archie and Beccy Hallam, Jordan Isedale along with McKenzie Isedale and her competition winning Brown of 1197 gms and Glen O’Hara with the Prestigious “wish I could catch a fish trophy” , thanks to all who made the Easter event a success and for their efforts throughout the year, especially Harold Lauer and Ted Turk and their committee along with the Rocky Plain Rural Fire Brigade who provided such and interesting and appreciated session at the BBQ.