Rivers freshen up
  |  First Published: October 2010

By early September, Echuca had received an impressive 103mm of rain in 21 days. It's been a long time since we've seen this amount of water lapping the banks of our rivers and water storages and it was a welcome sight to all.

The runoff has given the rivers a good freshen by dislodging a lot of weed and silt that had built up around the snags and edges of the river.

The down side was fast flowing dirty water, making lure fishing almost a pointless exercise. Many lure fishos felt that their cod season was cut short by about three weeks due to difficult fishing conditions.

In 2009 anglers were able to fish right up to the end of the season and make the most of the emerald water with excellent clarity; perfect conditions for lures.

But next season should be a cracker with the rivers looking healthy and plenty of food washed in for the fish to feed up on through coming weeks.

Good inflows are expected to continue with predictions of a wet Spring and plenty of snowmelt to make its way down.

Near the close of the season, local angler Chris fished the Edward River downstream from Four Posts Camp before the dirty water took over.

Second cast for the morning, a healthy cod of 84cm grabbed his Outlaw spinnerbait with green and brown skirt and reluctantly made its way to the net before release. Unfortunately, that was the only fishing action for the morning.

Many anglers ventured out for one last fix before the three-month closed season.

Looking for water that wasn't the colour of coffee, several boats headed to Barmah to fish the stretch above the Broken River inflow.

Leigh Henson flicked spinnerbaits in the cutting above the lakes for no reward but mentioned hearing plenty of frogs among the reeds and cumbungi. Sounds like there's a good food supply over the flooded areas.

John Howard from Supreme Rods in Rochester also fished Barmah and after finding things a little slow using lures, picked up four small cod with bardi grubs.


Until the water clears up, scrub worms, shrimp and small yabbies seem like a good choice for the golden perch as the water pushes over new ground.

For those who can't resist casting lures, spinnerbaits in the twin spin style that throw out a bit more flash and vibration and smaller Bassman Mumblers, that you can feel thumping away under water, can make a difference.

Hard-bodied lures with built-in rattles are also worth a run. Jackall TN60s and TN70s make one hell of a racket under water.

The stretch from below Torrumbarry Weir downstream past Gunbower has some excellent snags that yellowbelly call home. Again, working Jackalls and spinnerbaits through the timber (especially the smaller, spindly branches) is pretty effective as the water warms up.

Bait soakers also fare pretty well using shrimp and worm cocktail and small yabbies bobbed up and down around the snags.

Redfin have been a little quiet with only one good report of reddies up to a kilo caught on blade style lures in the channels.

For more information on what's biting around Echuca and Moama, drop into JT's Fishing & Camping, opposite the Border Inn Hotel Moama, phone 0354 803 868.

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