Anticipation grows for cod opening
  |  First Published: December 2012

The traditional run of Spring yellas in Lake Mulwala and surrounding waterways has been slow to fire.

Numerous crews had gone in search but have come up with fairly slim pickings. On a positive note, though, if the cod encounters continue into the new season it looks like it could be a blinder.

With the floods over the past year or two providing excellent breeding conditions, native fish captures should increase impressively.

Those chasing yellas in Lake Mulwala reported catching and releasing many quality cod up to mid-90cm. Many were taken on small 3/8oz spinnerbaits, TN60 Jackalls and small hardbodies.

Those looking to wet a line in Lake Mulwala early in the season should be rewarded if they put in the time. Mulwala is one of the only waterways in the country that produces fish day after day, any time of year despite massive fishing pressure.

Through December, concentrate out of the main basin. With heavy boat traffic, seek out a quieter patch of water for better returns. This time of year plenty of smaller fish around the legal 60cm are about. It’s best to troll hardbodies up to 90mm or cast spinnerbaits/chatterbaits.

Obviously those chasing bigger trophy fish should tie on something big and concentrate on the original Murray River course that runs through the lake.

Fishing below the weir is always fun, especially if you are dangling a bardi grub or juicy scrub worm. Numbers of fish below the weir always outweigh the lake but generally they are much smaller.

The persistent and thinking lure angler has a good chance of hooking a quality cod if time of day, water current and river position is taken into account.

All is in readiness for the Cod Classic. It is still not too late to enter and all indications point to what should be another amazingly successful event. For all enquiries call Tony on 03 5744 1667.

I wish you all the best for the new season.

Vanessa Bennett with a 61cm cod – big enough to have you in with a chance of winning a major prize at the Yamaha Cod Classic on December 1-2.

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