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 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 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.  

 

 

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.

 

The Yellowbelly or Golden Perch are starting to move about a bit more in most Victorian lakes and also in the Murray River. Spring is normally a very productive time of year to chase the Yellas' as the rising water levels bring food into the system for them, and along with warmer water temperatures which make them a bit more active in searching for food. The best part is you don't need a boat to access them, which is handy when the strong spring northerly winds come up!

 

If you're wanting to catch yourself some big Redfin, fishing for them in winter is your game. Normally the Redfin fishing in winter can be a bit slower without large numbers of small fish to keep you entertained, but the size of the fish normally makes up for it. Most local lakes have good numbers of Redfin in them, which will respond to larger baits and lures in winter. Plenty of anglers putting in the effort in the cooler weather have been getting some good Redfin in the bag like these fish from the Western districts.

 

Over the last week, we've had a few good reports from customer catching Murray Cod around the place, so seems like a good time to target them! Good customer Mario fished up at Mulwala recently, and did well on some lovely Cod in dirty water.  He said trolling the edge of the riverbed worked the best, with black/purple Stumpjumpers and Codgers the favourites.

Customer Mijo has also been fishing around Mulwala with some mates, and has caught Cod up to 70cm on Bardi's and the occasional one on lure.  Around the Bundalong section of the lake they have also caught a few Yellowbelly up to 40cm on Shrimp.

Customer Nick sent us a report from the Ovens River where his mate David has been catching Cod since Easter.  David has been using Bardi's in the river and has caught some great fish, including Yellowbelly to 6lb, along with Cod up to 40lb!  David says that most of the Cod have been biting better around the full moon.