Mike Roennfeldt, Western Australian Newspaper fishing writer, spent several days at Clover Cottage wallowing in water and trout. It was wonderful having Mike and Sarah spend time with us having lots of laughs and enjoying the local wines. While Sarah and I checked out the Country Gardens on display, Mike used every spare moment to slip over to the Balbarrup lake for a spot of trout fishing or try his luck on the trout ponds at Clover Cottage.
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“We just wanted to share some photos with you. We truly enjoyed having Floyd come join us for breakfast in the mornings, especially my young son Christian.
And the reason for our stay, the fishing, was the highlight of the trip, as Christian caught his very first fish. He still talks about it!
Thank you again for a fantastic stay.
The Fernies from Cottage 3
It was a gathering of family and good friends for a canoe trip from Clover Cottage down the meandering Warren River for several hours and still be back at the farm in time for the West Coast Eagles first final game.
Although the river is running well there were challenges in lots of places with rocks, rapids and bushes to challenge the adventurers
Canoeing on the Warren River is best late winter and early spring, just after the rains. Fishing is always a pleasant pastime with redfin perch lurking in the shadows all year round. Trout and freshwater cobbler are also trawling the waters!
It was a gathering of old mates at Clover Cottage for a boys weekend of good wine, good food, good laughs and, of course, some serious fishing! Well known local musician Rod Vervest with his very good friends Geoff and Frances were tutored by Francis on the fine points of fly fishing. The fly fishing tuition was very impressive! Geoff landed rainbow, kissed it and let it travel on it’s way!
Rod enjoys the final cast of the day
The trout season is now open from 1st September til 30 April 2012. The Warren River and Blackwood River in our Southwest is open all year around, but all streams, tributaries and runoffs into these rivers can only be fished in the season. A recreation licence can be purchased http://www.fish.wa.gov.au or at any Post Office. For more information about freshwater licences visit the Fisheries website.
Lakes at Clover Cottage are stocked all year around and guests can fish the lakes without a licence.
Our Balbarrup trophy fishing lake is is brimming with water!!! So not only are the farmers smiling with all this rain, but am sure the Rainbow and Brown trout are doing somersaults and back flips in the water too!
These proud parents also were enjoying the huge expanse of water and were teaching their children how to dive for all the food that seems in abundance.
With the season turning soon to spring the trout will be coming to life again with the warmer weather and beging
Clover Cottage’s exclusive fly fishing lake will be teeming with all types of life and ready to lure the fly fisherman to try his luck with a brown or rainbow. Available just to our guests, fly fisherman can book the lake for half day or full day fishing and enjoy the privacy of having your own trout stocked lake. Catch and release only applies. Contact Paul for further information and cost.
Although winter time can be a bit wet and chilly, a family holiday down in the country holds lots of memorable experiences and time to spend together! Our guests, the Van De Ploeg family enjoyed the experiences on offer at Clover Cottage. “We loved staying at your cottages!” said Jess, “And have some photos to share.”
One of the highlights of a holiday is a spot of fishing, which is even better when you land a fish or two!
Everyone in the family was pleased with the catch of the day. The best part was fishing for it in Clover Cottage lakes, even though it was a bit chilly in the morning and evenings. But, this is the best time to fish!
The limestone cottages verandahs is not only a relaxing place to watch your family fish on the lakes, but it is also a star attraction for the many wrens and other little forest birds. Igor captured on camera a beautiful l female wren. This is a once off delightful photo!!
Superb Local Food and Wine From Southwest Food Bowl
The fruit and vegetable displays showcased persimmons, chestnuts, kale as well the large variety of fruit and vegetables grown in Manjimup and Pemberton area.
In spite of the welcome wet weather, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the good wine, food and views of historic Fonty Pool.
In the evening dinner guests enjoyed a sumptious degustation meal which was prepared with the local produce. even the table centre pieces were edible!
Peos winery was one of many excellent wineries which were offering wine tastings and bottle sales.
Of course, everyone enjoyed a variety of food cooked in truffle oil, salt or truffle mustard.
It was a day enjoyed by all. Good company, good food, good wine in a gorgeous location. And best of all… it also was raining !!!!
Celebrate the produce grown in our beautiful Southern Forests Region!
On Saturday 18th June 2011- 10am to 4pm - come and taste food of the Southern Forests at Fontys Pool, Seven Day Road Manjimup. Experience Truffles, Roasted Chestnuts, Wine, Cheese, Fruit, Marron, Truffle Hunts and Food Stalls.
Well known chefs David Coomer (Star Anise, Pata Negra) Russell Blaikie ( Must Winebar) Clint Nolan ( Harvest) and Raj (Cilantro) are preparing a 5 Course Gala Dinner poolside at Fontys- Tickets from $180/person.
For more information visit www.trufflekerfuffle.com.au
Hear from our guests
Check out a recent article on fly fishing at our new Trophy Lake from Scott Coghlan of the Western Angler: “Cottage will provide perfect fly-fishing experience”
Scott Coghlan, The Western Angler