The fishing over the last four weeks has either been fantastic or just plain ordinary, depending on who you speak to.
With the high level of ski boat traffic along the river bait anglers have had to put up with an endless supply of silver perch and carp. Although a father and nine year old son up for the weekend managed to only catch the pest fish before moving to another area and landing a fat 75cm cod on a $25 rod and reel. After a few proud photos the fish was released, a great effort.
Anglers that have been fishing first thing in the morning or into the evening seem to be having a lot more success than those out in the heat of the day. Some anglers are targeting quieter stretches of water and this is paying off as most are picking up quality cod and yellowbelly.
The Edward River at Deniliquin has produced some good-sized cod for anglers trolling hardbodied lures late in the afternoon. The area around the syphon and upstream from Benarca Bend has produced yellowbelly in the 40cm range on shrimp and worm while Karl and Liam from Cobram put in a big day in extremely hot conditions to land four cod up to 74cm while casting spinnerbaits amongst the snags.
Matty Lake from Moama trolled up an 80cm cod from the same area. A week earlier Matt’s father in law trolled up possibly the same fish only to lose it boat side due to Matt’s ‘net failure’ but the boys had their day and safely netted the healthy fish for a quick photo session before being released. Not to be outdone, young Tahnee Lake caught herself a 42cm yellowbelly on scrubworms.
The stretch of river from Morning Glory Resort downstream from Barmah up to The Gulf at the back of Picola has been a hit and miss affair with the river rising and falling as well a flush of dirty water. Anglers are still catching legal size cod with most being taken on trolled lures of a darker colour while yellowbelly have favoured lures with pink and black bars across them.
Trout cod (which must be returned to the water) have been caught by anglers using worms with the biggest for the month measuring an impressive 66cm. These fish at that size have a fair bit of pulling power and you certainly know when they have a go at a lure.
Below the Torrumbarry Weir there has been some good reports filtering through of captures of both cod and golden perch. The cod had been taken on yabbies in the evening while the yellas would only look at shrimp if it was teamed up with a couple of worms. Further downstream past Gunbower; yellowbelly to 41cm had been caught on spinnerbaits with a green/yellow/red skirt.
The inlet and outlet channels of Kow Swamp had quietened off recently. Anglers are still catching yellowbelly but just not in the numbers as they were back in late last year. Jackalls have outdone any other lure on the market in these waters while shrimp and worms have been the pick of the baits.
Waranga Basin at Rushworth has finally come to life again after being on the slow side for the last couple of months. Anglers are picking up reddies in the 750g-2.5kg bracket while fishing the deeper water up to 10m with blade style lures and Ice jigs. Dropping these lures right to the bottom and letting them sit and then a few lifts of the rod and back to the bottom again has proved successful. Small yabbies and shrimp also fish well for the redfin.
Over the next few months there is usually some larger sized cod caught by anglers trolling lures as we move into the cooler weather. This is also the time when the shrimp in the river move into the deeper sections of the river and become scarce. Switched on bait anglers will start catching plenty of shrimp and get a good supply in the freezer to use through winter until they are back in big numbers.
For more information on what’s biting around Echuca and Moama, drop into J.T’s Fishing & Camping, opposite the Border Inn Hotel, Moama, or phone 0354 803 868.
Liam from Cobram with a well-marked 66cm cod caught on a spinnerbait at Deniliquin.Reads: 559