The fishing in the Yarrawonga region has continued to be productive, with good numbers of golden perch being caught.
Over the last couple of seasons there has been a good concentration of golden perch at the bottom end of Lake Mulwala. They move regularly though, so it is often a game of hide and seek. They will usually be found near areas with increased current flows.
Anglers trolling the edges of the river or casting to the banks have been having good success. If you do land a golden perch, always spend extra time fishing the area because at this time of the year they can be concentrated in small schools.
Water clarity varies greatly depending on which area you are fishing, and is worst at the top end of the lake at Majors. Here the most productive colours have been dark silhouettes such as black and purple. Bright contrasting colours such as pink, orange and chartreuse have also been productive.
Recent rainfall has produced an increase in flow down the Ovens River, which has seen the section of river upstream from Bundalong fishing well.
At the top end of the lake, the majority of fish are being caught along the edges of the main river, where water clarity has been better.
As you travel downstream towards the dam wall, water clarity improves. Where water clarity is good, the most productive colours are again dark silhouettes such as black and purple. Natural coloured tones such as brown and whites are also good options in the clear water.
Lake Mulwala has experienced some windy weather lately, which has stirred up the water in the shallower areas. With less water flow and dirtier water the flats have not been as productive as normal.
There have been some reasonable captures of redfin from around the edges of weed beds. Unfortunately there is currently far less weed in the lake this year than last. The weed beds should become more established as the season progresses. The majority of redfin have been caught by trolling small to medium-sized hardbodied lures or by casting lipless crankbaits.
With the Murray cod season now open, increasing numbers of anglers will be venturing to Lake Mulwala in attempt to land that fish of a lifetime. Early in the season is often a good time of the year to land a few Murray cod well above average size.
Early in the season is also a great time to target Murray cod on surface lures. For those who have not tried it before, be warned it is not for the faint hearted. A Murray cod slamming your surface lure only metres away is enough to give even the most experienced angler heart palpitations.
Last season was the most productive that we have had with Cod Hunter Fishing Tours. I can only hope that this season can go close to it. Please remember that if you plan to keep a Murray cod for a feed, the new size limit of 60cm has come into force since December 1.
Dave McKenna fished with Cod Hunter Fishing Tours and caught this 86cm Murray cod at Lake Mulwala on December 1. The cod was the largest of six fish that he landed for the day.Reads: 1034