Derek and I went to Penstock today for a three hour practice session. We managed to land eight fish keeping five and releasing the others. The fish were all in top nick, dropped a few as well, conditions weren’t that ideal, but still paid off with some fly changes and hard work.
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Went up to the Central Highlands as our normal opening weekend trip. We fished Woods Lake Saturday caught eight between us, (all on fly) as that’s the only way we fish for trout...was hard going. Weather was too good, plenty of flat water with bits of sun, also had others on that we dropped.
Sunday morning fished Penstock for two and a half hours for seven fish between us. There was a bit of wind around and patchy skys, headed back to shack for a feed, clean up and the drive home. We timed it nicely as it started to rain within half an hour of being back at the shack with snow falling as we left for home.
Had an RDO on Friday so thought I would take the opportunity to get one last fish in at the lakes before the season closes for the year. After heading the the shack at Arthur's Thursday night I had decided to fish penstock at first light in hope of some late season action in the shallows.
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Public meeting announced to discuss boating regulations at Penstock Lagoon
Exclusive use of electric outboard motors whilst fishing at Penstock Lagoon has been proposed to help protect the fishery public meeting will be held on Saturday 4 February at 6 pm at the Miena Community Centre to discuss a proposed change to the use of electric outboard motors only whilst boating at Penstock Lagoon. All interested anglers are welcome to attend.
Couple of fish photos of catches over the Xmas New Year break. Fine Penstock brown 4lb caught a foot of the edge by a floating brown possum tail nymph, the take was barely perceptible. Just shows you mustn’t wade right in before testing what’s there. The two little rainbows came from Howes Bay Lagoon. They also took the floating nymph which is fast becoming the only fly I tie and use. They fought really well and had small heads and fat bodies. Smoked up really well. Had a great day at Carters yesterday, warm, slight breeze ,blue sky, water crystal clear and the fish were cruising. Hooked into 6 the biggest was around 4-5 lb a big buck the smallest around 2.5lb all caught again on the floating possum tail nymph. Polaroided some, fished up the others, all were released. Highland gold day.
Tight lines and smelly bags
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Since the creation of Penstock Lagoon in the early 20th Century to hold water for the Waddamana Power Scheme, Penstock has build a strong and lasting reputation as a challenging and rewarding fishery for both Brown and Rainbow trout. With a dun hatch that was regarded as one of the finest anywhere, polaroiding on bright days for large browns sipping black spinners and trout foraging the shallows for damsel fly and mudeye larvae the lagoon has always offered exciting opportunities for the persistent and observant angler to catch with quality fish.
Penstock Lagoon is a relatively small shallow water with a surface area of 1.4 square kms and maximum depth of 1.8 metres. The lagoon has over a number of years, been subject to significant alterations in water management.
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