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Trout love winter in Ballarat
Shane Stevens

Kiel Jones landed this lovely Moorabool Reservoir rainbow trout on a Green Machine fly pattern.

The big chill has set in around the Central Highlands Region of Victoria, including Ballarat. Freezing cold, wet and windy days have set in. Snow is coming down to low levels – that’s all part of the deal living in and around Ballarat during the winter months.

Trout love these conditions. This is when the true hardy fishers put their winter woollies on, battle the elements and reap the rewards for their time and effort. We deserve to catch fish when it’s freezing cold and we’re out, instead of sitting at home in a nice warm house watching the footy.

Waters in the Ballarat district have certainly fired up with the excellent catches being reported by those who have battled the elements. Angler numbers are up for this time of the year, compared to other years. There have been a lot more reports filtering through from waters like Moorabool, Newlyn, Wendouree, Tullaroop and Stony Creek Reservoir.

On a disappointing note, I have fished at all these waters recently and the amount of rubbish that has been left behind is appalling. Anglers must remember it is a privilege to be able to fish these waters, not a right. The water authorities can shut down or close off access to our fisheries if we don’t obey the rules and regulations that are set, so let’s do the right thing.

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