Water clarity improves, as does the fishing
  |  First Published: August 2012

River levels are dropping rapidly around Mildura and districts, which is very pleasing to see for keen anglers.

Water clarity is improving as a result of slower flows and water settling back into its banks.

However, catching a fish on lures around Mildura still seems to be a bit of a mystery. Yellowbelly activity has slowed right down as we expect Murray cod to really fire up so we can enjoy a thumper of a season.

Having said that, there have been a few nice sized yellowbelly caught on vibration lures in dark colours around lock 11 over the latter part of June. New rock structures have been placed on the point of the lock chamber which is providing some new habitat for fish to reside or pass through.

There have also been some nice yellowbelly caught on bait around the weir structure in Mildura, which has proved to be the best method lately. Pick of the baits are shrimp and worms. Live shrimp are best but have been incredibly difficult to find of late due to water temperatures.

There have been few reports of Murray cod being caught around Mildura lately but hopefully that will change once the water levels drop even more and the frosty mornings followed by high barometric pressure conditions are present, and more importantly, consistent.

Redfin have been on the chew lately around Mildura with some absolute thumpers being caught both in and out of the main river system. Redfin are a veracious feeder and predator and will stop at nothing to gulp a feed on almost anything. Majority of the redfin caught have been achieved on blades. 1/8th and 1/4oz blades work particularly well on light spin gear. Soft plastics are certainly worth a flick around in clearer water especially where redfin are in concentrated areas.

Luring for yellowbelly from the bank is also best around the new rock structure at Lock 11, particularly at the point where the lock gates open on the down side. From the boat, hitting the weed beds with lures is the go. Vibration lures will work effectively when rolled slowly in these areas along bottom structure and just below the weed beds at low light.

Whilst the water is dropping, it may be time to try trolling or casting up the elusive giant Murray cod. 5/8 ounce Bassman Codman spinnerbaits and 120mm Koolabung Codzillas are the best lures to use in these situations.

Whilst fishing for Murray Cod is slow for this time of year, it is important to be on the water trying nonetheless, even during the testing conditions that we face during winter. I feel once the water levels drop fully and the extra flow from the minor flood ceases, Mildura will produce its’ best Murray Cod season for years. Here’s hoping anyway.

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