After Christmas the tourists moved into town and it seemed every water skier from Sunbury to Bunbury was here trying to see who could make the most noise with their doof doof boats and throw out the biggest waves.
With the skiers came a dedicated band of fishers. Those who persisted came up trumps, catching fish of varying sizes. The lure-fishing brigade produced much better results than the bait boys.
The boys from Bendigo, Hromenko, Stevens, Miles, Scoble, Harrison, Blow and company, spent countless hours searching the lake and turned up plenty of fish over the 70cm mark. Peter Hromenko topped the table, with a beautiful fish of 105cm taking a liking to his Bassman spinnerbait. Roger Miles was part of this crew and he managed a magnificent 95cm fish off the surface.
Mr. Lowrance, Dave Silva, and his guests also trolled up plenty of fish. The pick of these was caught by Grant Noonan, and measured 97cm. The lure of choice was a purple and black Oar-Gee.
The run of big fish continued when Mulwala gun, Dan Hawkins, trolled up a 93cm cod on a Bassman spinnerbait.
Keen Echuca lure fisher Winton Brown made a day trip over to the top end of the lake, and was rewarded with several top fish. The pick of his haul came in at 96cm.
As per usual, local George Jovanovic spent many hours towing big deep diving lures around for two nice cod of over 1m.
All these big fish were released, so well done to everyone involved.
I also received another story from Joe Lineham, about the one that got away. After numerous attempts to land a big green fella, Joe finally had one at the boat, but was armed only with a set of lip grips. Joe’s leader gave way and all he could do was watch a fish estimated at 1m swim away.
Mr. Oar-Gee lures, Wayne Lennon, made a day trip down from Wagga with a super keen young angler Zac Manning, to hopefully put him onto a fish. Zac had a great afternoon, picking up a two fish on the troll. A 57cm fish became his new ‘PB’.
I had an evening session with Paul Hetherington and Anthony Pavlou. Paul opened the account with a nice 48cm golden perch on an Outlaw spinnerbait. Anthony followed up with a cod on a Bassman Mumbler, then one on one of his new personally designed lures. I was lucky enough to tangle with four cod, with two of these being taken from the surface. The best fish was just over legal size, but seven fish in a couple of hours made for some great fun.
Fishing below the weir is proving hard for lure fishers, as shown in the recent Golden $$$ Fishing Challenge. Wagga boys Graeme Clark and Jim Taylor took home the big money with three quality goldens for the day. Gravo and Billy Bob from Deniliquin came second, while Joe Lineham and partner Will Smith finished third in their favourite piece of water.
The next month should see the lake continue to fish well, with most of the deeper parts of the lake producing. The river hasn’t fired yet, but as per usual plenty of undersize fish will be about to pester the bait fishers.
Over the weekend of April 19/20 is the local Yarrawonga and Mulwala Angling Club’s yearly competition. A great weekend is assured for all who attend. For more information call Mal at Mals Tackle Box on 03 5743 1711.
If you come across a good fish around Yarrawonga or Mulwala, I’m keen to hear about it and will try and report it in future editions.Reads: 711