The past month’s fishing in Lake Mulwala has been sensational. I’d probably even say it’s the best month’s fishing in the last 15 years.
In March, the final leg of the Masters Series took place. This event is contested by more than 80 competitors who fish Lake Glenbawn, Windamere and Mulwala over six months. The best three fish for the Mulwala leg measured 86, 77 and 70cm, and were caught by Helen Taylor, Gerard Miller and Dave Silva respectively. Dave’s fish put him into the lead and he took out the title of Champion Angler.
The next report I received came via e-mail from Rohann Stephens in Wallan. “My wife Kelly and I spent a weekend in Mulwala, with her showing me up on her first go with a baitcaster and spinnerbait. A slow morning turned into an action packed afternoon after we found the right colour Bassman spinnerbait. Cod were caught measuring 83, 71, and 57cm, with a couple of 50cm models thrown in. We have had great success on the lake this year, with a lot fish caught between 50-83cm. It makes the trip from Wallan well worthwhile.”
I was lucky to witness a couple of personal best captures. One was caught by Anthony Pavlou from L. Wilson & Co Tackle who was testing a new hard-bodied lure he is developing. After casting to a likely looking snag it was belted by a 97cm cod. To say Anthony was over the moon was an understatement. The fish was released to fight another day.
Another e-mail report I got went something like this “Four of us had a great two-day trip to the lake. We caught 26 cod (ably assisted by Roger Miles) to 76cm, and released all but two which were consumed on site”.
This leads me into Roger’s escapades for the month with Cod Hunter Fishing Tours. He has been averaging 8–9 fish per day with his clients. Productive methods have been trolling black, purple and metallic lures around the middle of the lake, and casting spinnerbaits and Jackalls in the top part of the lake.
Roger has also spent a couple of days researching the lake with good mate Derek Blow. They were both blown away by fish they saw that they estimated to be in excess of 1.2m. Roger managed to land a great fish of 1.06cm on a Bassman spinnerbait.
The next PB capture I was happy to witness was shared with Damien Scholton from Yarrawonga. I tried to convince him to use my spare baitcaster, but he persisted with his old spinning reel set up. He proceeded to land a very nice fish of 70cm on an old black and green spinnerbait. Since then he has raised the bar once again, with a cod that stretched the measuring tape to 85cm.
To finish the month off, I was informed of a cod that was landed and released by Andrew Jacotine, who makes regular trips to Mulwala in search of the mighty green fish. He came up trumps when he cast his homemade spinnerbait into the bucket mouth of a 1.15m specimen.
Fishing in the Murray River below the weir has remained very poor with the low water levels. I have not heard of a decent fish caught down there by legal means for some time.
History tells us that as the water starts to cool down from May onwards in the lake, fish will become less active but the quality and size will increase. Those who put in the hours working the deep water will be rewarded with fine captures.
For those who like to chase Murray crayfish, make sure you are up to speed with all current rules and regulations. When it comes to the laws that protect these tasty morsels, ignorance is no excuse.
Kelly Stephens from Wallan with an 83cm Murray cod she caught in Lake Mulwala using a Bassman spinnerbait.Reads: 2017