On the brink of greatness
  |  First Published: November 2011

Recent fishing in and around Lake Mulwala has proved to be difficult. With cod season still closed and the yellowbelly just starting to fire, the only target species left are the redfin perch.

Since an amazing season for reddies a couple of years ago, they have gone into hiding and have become a welcome by-catch at best.

A few reports of yellas have come in from the top end of the lake around Bundalong and above. As is traditional in spring, both the Yarrawonga Chanel and Mulwala Canal are producing a few yellas and reddies for the locals that spent time out trying their luck. Best results came from Johnny Fry who landed a couple of cracker yellas that measured up to 55cm. His lures of choice were either blades or plastics.

New Lures

I’m always on the look out for what’s new on the lure scene when it comes to trying to trick the natives.

I’m sure this upcoming season jointed crank baits from companies such as Fishooka, Balista, Juro and Sebile will be highly sought after. Some of their finishes are absolutely brilliant and with the jointed swimming action look more like a fish than some fish actually do!

After an amazing winter, especially here in Mulwala I can guarantee that the bladed chatterbaits will become a big hit once again. They had been shuffled to the bottom of many a tackle box over the past few seasons but after seeing their fish producing potential when most things weren’t working late in the season, I’m their number one fan.

Sales throughout our store indicated the same with many other anglers jumping back on the bandwagon also.

Fisheries Officers on the ball

It was disappointing to hear that fisheries did a recent patrol through the closed section of river from Yarrawonga to Tocumwal handing out many infringement notices. Please advise anyone who intends to fish the north east that between September 1 and November 30 it is totally closed to all forms of fishing.

Ignorance is not a valid excuse and I applaud fisheries for the work they do in patrolling this area with limited resources.

yellowbelly starting to fire

With another month or so to go before the Murray cod season gets underway, the yellas should be ready to fire as you read this. Keep in mind when targeting yellas that it’s cod breeding season, so do your up most to avoid capturing them.

Little things like downsizing you lure, fishing the warmer water margins and avoiding likely looking cod snags should see you encounters with cod minimised. If you do manage to hook and land a cod, avoid contact with it and have it released as soon as possible.

Tourny time

Positions are still available for the Golden Do$$ars: a yella/golden perch specific event that’s being held on Lake Mulwala October 22. For enquiries relating to this or the upcoming Cod Classic call into Yarrawonga/Mulwala’s official tournament shop, Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski (Opp Post Office) or give us a call on 0357 441667 for further information.

Nick Brown of Shepparton with a classic golden perch.

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