Perch poised to prosper
  |  First Published: November 2008

As usual, September was the quietest fishing month on the calendar in this part of the world. The close of cod season puts an end to anyone chasing the mighty green fish. With this, the steady inflow of reports I get generally dries up also. The golden perch have been about, but not the sort of numbers that would warrant making a hasty trip to Mulwala.

A few persistent locals battled on through the month with limited success. Trev, George, Ollie, Joe and Jamie all put in the time, with a few feeds of redfin being their main reward. The odd by-catch of cod measuring up to 60cm were taken amongst these fish – and safely released of course.

At the end of September, a few more goldens started to pop their heads up, with the pick of the bunch caught by Ollie on a cast spinnerbait. His monster golden measured a whopping 58cm, the biggest I have heard of from here for a long time. Unfortunately he was fishing on his own and has only average pictures of it from his phone.

With the start of irrigation season, with increased movement of water through the lake and the ever-warming weather increasing water temperatures, both bait and lure fishos should find golden perch a lot more prevalent. Places to look for are timber and snags in faster flowing water, or out in shallower water up to 2m deep. Here you will find the goldens hunting for a feed, and it gives the land-based anglers the best chance of catching a few.

Those that get out of town and fish around the weirs and drops, casting smaller lures, should be starting to get results also. Some anglers have found a couple of little backwater lagoons that are producing fish – but sharing their location with readers is not in the best interest of my health.

There’s not long to go now until cod season is upon us again (Murray cod season reopens on December 6). Take this opportunity to prepare yourself for the battles that may await you. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail! Keep in mind that next time you come to Lake Mulwala the minimum legal size limit is 60cm.

The fishing competition season is getting close with many great events planned for Lake Mulwala. Anyone looking for information on the Yamaha Cod Classic on December 6/7, Yarrawonga Mulwala Xmas Engel Fish-a-rama on December 30, Golden Dollar$ on January 10, Lowrance Da$h 4 Ca$h on February 21/22, or the His & Hers Partners Classic on March 21 can give me a call on 03 5744 1667 or check out www.codclassic.com.au.

Jamie Roberts with a 42cm golden perch taken casting lures in a small backwater lagoon. Golden perch should become a lot more prevalent in November.

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