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.

 

For the holiday makers heading to any of the states' northern impoundments, the native fish are about as active as they will get over the summer months. Water temperatures in all but the coldest regions have warmed dramatically and this has sent species like Murray cod, yellowbelly and bass into overdrive.

Customers Jordan and Jinsu have done some work on the yellowbelly in recent weeks, and have caught fish to around 45cm in length. While yellas can take a bit of searching to find where they are holed up, normally once one is caught there is a good chance that a few more will be close by. Jordan and Jinsu found small profile vibes like the Daiwa 47S to be effective when hopped around likely rock ledges and fallen timber.

Customer Zoran also chased the yellas up towards Eildon with a mate and found some nice fish. Using modern sounder technology, the yellowbelly were able to be pinpointed and targeted using small plastics around fallen timber. Most of the fish were in the 45 - 55cm range which are chunky little fish.

The next couple of months should see the yellowbelly plateau off somewhat, with themselves and Murray cod still a good option for summer freshwater fisherman.  

 

 

This time of the year coming into winter can be the best time to specifically target large Murray cod. Many of the larger fish feed up heavily before going into a spawning aggregation in late winter. Smaller fish can also be caught during this time, but the largest fish seem to be as active as ever. Fishing deeper sections of the rivers and lakes can also be a very good way of connecting with a big fish, as this deeper water remains at a more stable temperature and the fish move about happily. Places like Eildon are worth a shot at the moment, along with deeper river channel sections of Mulwala and the Murray.

Customer recently fished the Murray river up near Tocumwal in search of a big cod. He was persistent with casting lures from a drifting boat and managed to nail this awesome fish on a black and red skirted spinnerbait below the bridge section near town. A cracking fish around the metre mark, not a bad way to spend a winter's day.

 

 

The freshwater fishing around the Murray has been good for holiday anglers, providing some nice fish for them before heading back to work. Customer Hendrik fished with a mate on lake Mulwala just recently in search of a few cod casting lures off a newly purchased baitcasting outfit. Hendrik caught quite a few cod in the high 60cm size range using mainly spinnerbaits. Some cod were caught along crossed up timber while others came from weed edges only the old riverbed.

Customer Mick had never fished for Murray cod before and after stocking up on suggesting lures at the shop he was off. Mick was camping along the river in the Cobram area with friends and most of his friends were baitfishing. Mick started casting a few of the lures he purchased and as soon as he got a cast in the strike zone he was on. Mick was rapt as he landed his first ever Murray cod at 67cm. Mick found the 1/2oz Icon Carnage spinnerbait in yellow perch was the go. 

Over towards Rochester customer Hendrik also fished the Campaspe River towards the end of the Summer break. Using a mixture of methods Hendrik landed some nice yellowbelly for the area. Hendrik found that trolling deep diving Oargee lures worked the best, with the red head grub colour being the standout.

 

On the trout scene, the Goulburn River has been fishing well despite running at around 5000Mg/day. Anglers targeting the fish sitting in backwaters have done the best, with these fish normally being larger than standard size fish. Small shallow running minnows fished among the flooded ground have been good, along with lightly weighted scrubworms. Customer Daniel fished the region over the weekend with the fly rod and while he didn't spend as much time on the Goulburn, he did try a few of the smaller rivers for good results. Typical stream sized trout came out and ate small dries in slower glides and pools. Customer Morgan also did well with a selection of small dry flies that he had tied up. Morgan fished the upper Yarra recently for a couple of afternoon sessions and found that his orange spinner works a treat.

 

While the season has just closed for Murray cod, many fish were caught right up until the end of August. Most anglers associate Murray cod with warmer months, and while they are normally a bit more active during the Summer months, they can still be caught regularly during Winter. The trick is to fish the slightly deeper water as this particular water doesn't cool down as much as the shallows. 

Customer Val fished from a houseboat a few weeks ago on the Murray, where he landed a few nice cod. Val had various baits of yabbies, scrubworms and grubs out along with the odd lure. He kept this solid fish for everyone on the boat and released the rest of the fish. Hopefully come December we should see some good fishing again for the cod. 

 

Last week customer Norm fished Lake Mulwala for his first time targeting cod. For those who didn't read last weeks report, Norm had a ripper session, over 2 days around 15 cod were caught on a mixture of lures including floating hardbodies and spinnerbaits, with fish ranging from 58cm right through a 110cm monster that Norm caught and released again safely. Norm brought some photos in for us for this weeks report. Good work Norm!


Customer Nick has been fishing the local dams in search of reddies. Nick has found fish to around 35cm in the deeper areas of the dams by using lipless crankbaits. Controlled sink rates and slow hops and twitches have gotten the redfin to respond. Adding scent like SAX scent has also helped the fish find the lure in the dark water.  


 

Autumn can be a great time to target Murray cod on baits and lures in the lakes and rivers. As the water temperature drops and the water levels rise with rain the fishing can turn on. Cod will happily sit in the snags in the cooler water, and move to the depths once the shallows become too cold. Knowing this can give you hints as to where to look for them in your local waterways. 

Customer Chris fished the Murray a bit and on tuesday night he landed this ripper fish at 95cm in amongst a few small trout cod and carp. Chris managed to land, photographic and release this fish by himself in the river below Yarrawonga. All the fish Chris caught took fresh shrimp. 

Customer Norm also did well on the cod last week, during his first session on Lake Muwala with a mate. Norm was introduced into the world of lure fishing for cod and had a ripper session for his first. Over 2 days around 15 cod were caught on a mixture of lures including floating hardbodies and spinnerbaits, with fish ranging from 58cm right through a 110cm monster that Norm caught and released again safely. 

Customer Ves fished the river up around Barmah last week where he landed 4 nice cod ranging from 58cm through to around 70cm. Ves caught fish during the night and day and found that cheese wrapped to a baitholder style hook using Black Magic Bait Buddy worked the best, and also stopped the baits from being picked off. 

There have also been a few smaller cod caught in Lake Eildon this week. Smaller floating hardbodies like Halco Poltergeists have been working well when trolled around timber and rocky outcrops, and other fish like trout, redfin and yellowbelly will also hit this size lure as well. 

 

While the weather may be starting to cool off, anglers fishing the Murray River up around the VIC/NSW border are still catching a few cod. Over the long weekend many anglers fished the river around Barmah, Yarrawonga and Echuca. A few anglers bait fishing caught the odd yellow belly in these areas as well.

Customer Ves fished the river around Yarrawonga over the weekend where he caught some nice cod, with the largest measuring 71cm. Ves found that baits of cheese were the most effective when fished on a Shogun straight shank baitholder hook and paternoster rig.

Customer Andrew fished from the boat in the Echuca region, using both bait and lures. Andrew caught cod up to 58cm trolling hardbodied lures, with one fish measuring 66cm that took a large yabby fished on a running sinker rig on the bottom. 

 

 

With some hot Summer weather recently, most of the freshwater fish are quite active, with the exception of trout. The Murray River has been running at a good level and has been producing cod and yellowbelly to anglers persisting through the heat. Customer Zeljko caught this nice Murray cod in the river around Bearii, which is near Barmah state forest. The cod measured 88cm and weighed 7.6kg, and was caught on cheese.

 

Customer Tun went down to Dandenong Creek for a bit of fun during the week on some carp, and after he berleyed up with some fine grit berley they soon came around. This carp was the largest at about 10kg, which took a piece of unweighted bread fished in the trail - good work on cleaning out the carp Tun!

 

 

With the inconsistent weather around this summer the fishing for Murray cod has also been a little inconsistent. A few warmer spells and fluctuations in water levels have brought the cod into feeding mode. Some nice cod have been caught in Lake Mulwala with yabbies and lures working well. 1/2 oz spinnerbaits have been easier to keep around structure in the wind.Customers Max and Mick fished the Ovens river further up near Bundalong recently where they targeted some of the deeper holes in the river. Using a mixture of baits including cheese, they caught a few nice cod to around 12lb. The guys found that the earlier morning bite was the best.