It seems that many people have been fishing the inland rivers and lakes over the Easter break, with a few reports from various locations around the state coming through. The Autumn months can fish very well for both Murray cod and yellowbelly, though many people only associate these fish with the warm Summer months. Customer Jacques was up along the Goulburn River just recently where he did a spot of casual bait fishing. Jacques normally fishes the salt out in the bays and offshore, but managed to catch a few small Murray cod and trout cod in the river. Jacques released all of his fish safely back into the river for someone else to catch.


Customer Emilio has also been catching a few cod. Emilio has been fishing the Murray itself, around Cohuna. Emilio has been getting out on the water early, and suggests to start your fishing around 6am as these cod are most active around then. Emilio has been switching between bardi grubs and also freshwater yabbies to catch his fish, with a small amount of berley helping to get the activity started.


Not too far down the river, customer Long and mates have been catching Murray cod also. Long has been fishing the river around Echuca in a small tinny to land cod up to 65cm. Long has been fishing the dense snag piles using bardi grubs as bait for most of his fish.


Back towards Mulwala the lake has been fishing well. While the Easter ski and wake crowds have been tough to get around during the heat of the day, the fishing around low light has been good. There have been numerous cod over 1m caught by anglers casting swimbaits and surface lures around, although this fishing isn't for the easily bored. It can take 500 casts in a session to strike gold on these fish, and sometimes after all this casting you may not land a fish.

Staff member Dylan tangled with monster cod over the Easter weekend at Mulwala, only to have it earn it's freedom early as it broke 80lb leader on the snags. The big fish ate a big lure (25cm long) so it pays to go big when looking for a big cod! 

Customer Long also managed a fish in around the Bundalong section of the lake to land some nice yellowbelly to around 2kg on medium sized freshwater yabbies.


Staff member Dylan and mate Daniel took a long drive over the Easter weekend up to northern NSW in search of big cod at Copeton dam. While the Easter crowds were crazy with jetskiis, wakeboats and family cruisers all over the place, the guys worked a lot of the lake in search of a fish. Daniel managed a nice yellowbelly on a swimbait slow rolled around a pile of submerged rocks which at least got them off the board.

 

 

While many anglers would assume that fishing for Murray cod is best during the heat of summer they are more so now a year round target (except during closed season). The cod fishing around late summer through autumn can be very productive as the fish tend to come out from a warm 'slumber' and feed up before the cooler months ahead. The serious lure fisherman normally start arming themselves with super-sized 'swimbaits' and surface lures in preparation for that 'metre' fish looking to feed up, while the bait anglers can have some good results also.


Customer Ash came in and grabbed a few assorted lures and baits to try on the cod up around the Nagambie region just last week. Being new to cod fishing Ash tried a few different options and caught and released 4 nice Murray cod from 53cm to 72cm. Ash found that large freshwater yabbies were the best bait option.


A ripper 72cm cod caught and released by Ash.

 


The natives have been fishing well over recent weeks, with many holidaying anglers getting amongst the Murray cod and yellowbelly, from Nagambie on the Goulburn right up to the Murray around Barmah. Young guns Jayden and Lester fished with their dad up at Bonnie Doon recently where they landed 5 nice chunky yellowbelly. The most productive method was fishing a small freshwater yabby on a paternoster rig, with 2/0 'shiner' style hook the best choice.


Customer Steve was fishing up around Eildon just recently where he landed this ripper Murray cod on an Icon spinnerbait. The cod measured 84cm and was in excellent condition.


Customer Andy has been up on Lake Mulwala again recently where he loves to target the cod. Andy has found the fishing a bit slower of late, with water traffic probably a bit factor. Andy has still been getting a few smaller cod like this one later during the day and into the evening on surface lures, with this purple 'cod cracker' one of his favourites.


Customer Steve has been fishing further along the Murray near Barmah, where the fishing has been patchy. Steve recently caught a few nice silver perch like this by bobbing live shrimp around the snags. Steve has been catching the shrimp in bait traps along the edges of the river, with gum leaves or aniseed scent attracting the shrimp in.


Customer Chris has recently come back from holidaying along the Goulburn River at Nagambie. Chris sent us these photos of his sons Flynn and Atticus both with their first ever Murray cod caught just downstream of Nagambie. Both the boys are well and truly hooked on fishing and are well aware of catch and 'live to fight another day' fishing.

 


The Murray River is a popular family holiday location, with nice serene bushland flanking a lot of it's banks and a large amount of famliy friendly camping areas. The fishing on the Murray itself can vary but over the warmer months the cod and yellowbelly can be caught on bait and lures. While on family holiday, 16 year old Jaxson caught his first Murray cod out of the river near Barooga, on his second day fishing. Jaxson got some great advice from the Compleat Angler guys and was wrapt with his fish. Great work Jaxson!


Further down the river, young Levi caught this nice 38cm yellowbelly around Piangil. The yellowbelly in the area should stay active until around May, so there's plenty of time to catch yourself some like this one!

 


Many anglers enjoy their time camping and fishing around the Murray somewhere, and if you're into your cod fishing then it's pretty good at the moment. Most popular sections of the Murry have been fishing well and producing cod on bait and lure, whether you're a novice or seasoned cod fisherman. Customer Petar has not long taken up cod fishing after purchasing a bit more 'cod specialized' gear and while he has been putting in the hard yards he has been getting some results. Petar has been fishing mainly around Lake Mulwala and the adjacent sections of the Murray, where he has caught cod using spinnerbaits, and cheese once the casting arm needs a rest.


EJ Todd Victorian Rep Mitch has also been fishing similar areas in search of cod. Mitch has caught fish casting surface crawlers and subsurface wakebaits, with the Tiemco 'slug fest' really appealing to the fish around undercut and heavily timbered banks. The cod fishing should continue to fire well through the summer and into autumn, so if you're looking to connect to a green backed freshwater tractor then now is a good time to replenish your Murray cod gear. 

 

The last week must've been BIG cod week up on lake Mulwala! Or at least it was for these boys. Customer Andy caught a ripper metre plus fish over cod opening weekend up on lake Mulwala, and only 3 weeks later he's at it again! Andy caught this early morning chunk of a fish at 1.05m on a purple coloured Koolabung surface paddler. Talk about having a good run!


Meanwhile, not to be outdone customer Vito has been back up on Mulwala again earlier this week where he has upgraded to a new personal best. Vito landed this absolute barrel of a cod that measured 1.23m on the surface also. The same surface paddler did the job on this big fish as well.


Good to see proper supportive handling on these big fish also, as hanging them off lip grips or scales just doesn't cut it these days. Putting these giants back unharmed means that they're still about ready to belt someone else's lure (...or mine...) in the future.

 


The Murray cod fishing will continue to improve as the rivers clear up over the coming weeks, and even with the recent mild floods the fishing has been pretty good. There have some nice fish caught in the lakes and rivers and worth a shot if you're planning on chasing them. The section of river just downstream of lake Mulwala has been poular with anglers over the last few weeks and is producing fish on bait and lures.


Customer Rad fished the section of river below Yarrawonga  from the bank during the week where he landed some nice cod. Rad also caught and released this cod which had a tag in it using cheese. Customer Vito has been fishing the cod a couple of times since the season open, and he caught some nice fish. On his most recent trip Vito caught fish on both spinnerbaits and 'mumbler' or chatterbait style lures along with surface paddlers, even during the heat of the day. Vito has been fishing the same section of river below lake Mulwala.

 


While there was a heap of anticipation on the Murray cod season opening, the statewide weather really put a dent in some angler's expectations. With enough rain to flood many major rivers, some put their cod opener on the backburner altogether. The Cod Classic on lake Mulwala tested many anglers ability (or insanity) to fish amongst rough, dirty conditions with some anglers boats completely swamped and partially sunken while moored overnight.

Customer Andy gave it a red hot crack on the lake however and scored this ripping big cod that measured 1.1m. Andy landed this ripper on a trolled hardbody.

Another customer Slobodan also fished along the Yarrawonga side of the lake during the week where he caught 3 cod up to 68cm. Large yabbies and cheese caught his fish around the edges of the lake out of the main flow.


A bit closer to home the Yarra river has also been flowing fairly hard with recent rain but it is producing fish. Customer Chris fished with father Greg around the Templestowe section of the river using freshwater yabbies, where they caught and released one nice sized Murray cod and 2 smaller brown trout.


 

With the Murray cod season opening in less than 2 weeks, now is the time to stock up and get yourself prepared! Make sure to check over all of your lures, hooks, leader and terminal gear along with your rod guides and main lines. You don't want to lose that trophy fish through something that could have been prevented!

Murray cod season looks to be a good season this year with river levels slightly down and clearer at the moment. Most of the main lakes such as Eildon, Mulwala and Nillahcootie are looking good also. Customer Kevin fished a mate's dam just recently where there were rumored to be a couple of decent cod, and he found out exactly what sort of cod were in there! Kevin's fish ate a small Jitterbug surface paddler.

 


While some sections of the Murray river have been affected by blue green algae, this hasn't stopped the fish from biting. The section down stream from Yarrawonga is the worst affected at present, with a small amount still affecting upstream from Yarrawonga towards Corrowa. To prove that the algae hasn't made fishing pointless, customer Mario fished the section of river from Corrowa down towards Bundalong - where he caught around 60 cod in 5 days. A lot of the fish were in the 40 - 60cm size range, with a few like this 80cm fish taking lures also. Trolled stumpjumpers and cast spinnerbaits did most of the damage.


Staff member Dylan has also been caught a few cod recently. Dylan has been fishing the section of water around Bundalong and has caught fish to around 75cm on surface lures during the afternoon. Customer Travis also fished for the cod recently and managed his first one which he was rapt with.


Not to be outdone, the golden perch have been quite active in the Murray around Mulwala recently. Dropping water temperatures have kicked them into gear and had them feeding actively, with staff member Dylan and mates catching a few nice ones over the Anzac weekend. The goldens have been hitting 3/8th and 1/2oz spinnerbaits along large bankside snags, with purples, whites and red skirt colours being the standout colours recently. These fish should be reasonably active over the next month and then slow off as the water gets substantially cooler towards June.