The onset of some very hot summer weather has made for tough going for local fishers in and around Echuca. Most reports from around the district have been of smaller fish.
To compound the weather problems, the water has been a little dirtier than normal for this time of year, which is a result of rains before the Christmas break. As the water begins to clear, hopefully the fish will also become a little more active.
The best report I have is from around Christmas time, when Melbourne angler Mark Hayes was fishing with his dad Colin near Torrumbarry Weir. Using a bait of bardi grub they caught a massive cod of over 100cm. After a couple of quick photos the magnificent fish was released unharmed.
In recent days there has been a couple of reports of cod being taken on lures in the Murray River above the Goulburn Junction. Although these fish were around 60-65cm, this may well be the beginning of better times ahead.
A few golden perch have also been caught in the Murray. By far the best bait is a shrimp and worm cocktail. The size of the fish being caught makes it well worth the wait, with fish well over 40cm not uncommon. Most of these fish are being caught from the bank.
I recently fished in the Murray River below Torrumbarry Weir and found that there are plenty of golden perch biting in that area. The only problem is that nearly all of them are under 30cm. These fish were all caught on baits of shrimp and worms. There are also plenty of silver perch in this area. These small, protected natives have a real liking for bardi grubs and are quite a pest when you are fishing for cod.
The Waranga Basin is still a great place to spend the day in the search of a feed of redfin. It is producing plenty of quality fish. The water level is around 35% of capacity, and all methods of fishing are catching reddies. Some anglers have been able to bring home bags of up to 20 very good fish, so it is well worth a try.
The Edward River has also been fairly quiet, with reports of a few golden perch on offer for persistent casters of spinnerbaits and medium-sized hard-bodied lures. This area has also had a flush of dirty water, so as the water clears here it will also start to fish a lot better.
The Wakool River is still very low and in most areas there is not enough water for boating. We are hoping for some water to be sent that way.
Until next month good luck and good fishing.
For more information on fishing in the Echuca area, call in and see Garry at Gone Fishin’, Annesley Street, Echuca, or give him a call on 03 5482 4291.Reads: 1991