Fish polific as water lowers
  |  First Published: June 2011

As predicted, the Mildura Weir has been replaced and the river is slowly but surely falling to a more normal level.

That said, there is still a lot of water moving through the system and boating and fishing still requires that little bit of extra care and thought. The water clarity particularly is taking a while to settle down and is closer to ‘white and two’ than ‘gin and tonic’. Luckily for anglers, the fish still have to eat and despite the absolute proliferation of yabbies in the system at the moment the fish are about and taking baits.

Still, if the fish are a little quiet, the yabbies have not been. Locals report the very best season of yabby fishing in a decade or more. In the cooler Sunraysia months however, it’s all about the big green fish.

Murray River

Got One Mildura’s Nicole reports mixed results for anglers. Anglers have been taking some smaller golden perch between the Mildura Weir and Merbein. Worm and shrimp baits are taking most of the fish; however cast spinnerbaits and rattling bibless minnows are also taking fish. Upstream of Mildura, the Psyche Pumps region has been productive for anglers casting and retrieving Jackalls. Some nice Murray cod have been taken using this method, not large fish but cod nonetheless.

There is a swag of European carp around at the moment. Whilst always providing arm-stretching fun for kids and adults alike, switched on anglers are pulling out the fly gear and light spinning outfits and having a ball. It’s as simple as scouting out your closest billabong or backwater!


Keen local angler Gary McInnes reports a lot of smaller fish being taken below the Wentworth Weir. Anglers fishing baits such as worms and shrimp in the quieter waters are taking quite a few golden perch however many are undersized. While this can be a little frustrating it’s a good sign for the coming years.

Steve from the Wentworth Angling Clubs Fort Courage reports a reasonably quiet time in the river recently, with the better fishing action being around the Rufus and Frenchmans Creek areas. Anglers fishing these regions have taken some nice golden perch on both bait and lures.

Further downstream, Wade Vincent spent Easter at Lake Cullulleraine fishing and yabbying both above and below the Murray River’s Lock 9. While waiting to pull the yabby nets Wade took some smaller perch and lovely little catfish to about 30cm on scrubworms and shrimp baits.


The cooler months in Sunraysia are all about the bigger Murray cod. I expect the golden perch to taper right off, with the incredible run of yabbies also becoming much quieter. Anglers willing to put in the time will pull some lovely big Murray cod however.

Any of the areas offering the deeper holes are worth a try. The big, deep bends around Red Cliffs or down around Fort Courage are ideal. Lures that will nudge the timber at 8-10m and beyond are ideal. There is any number of well-made Aussie products out there to choose from these days. The biggest decision may be which colour. Best to go out armed with a range!

I also wouldn’t discount casting and retrieving lures towards the edges for the big green fish. Mumblers, chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and hardbodies will all get the attention of a cod if it lands on his nose. Often the biggest challenge is getting the lure in the right spot.

That’s it for this month. I’m very happy to get your feedback. Please email me at --e-mail address hidden-- with “fishing” in the title, if you’d like to submit a report or a digital photograph of your capture. I’m also happy to field any fishing related enquiries you may have, send ‘em through and I’ll do my best!  See you on the water, Darky.

Clinton McDonald displays a magnificent European carp taken on a trolled Viper lure. Tremendous fun, and some quality bait for the yabby nets to boot!!

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