As Winter sets in, the Murray River level drops and with less ski boat traffic meaning less bank wash, the water is looking great, with a clear green tinge – a welcome sight for those trolling lures.
Cod around 70cm have been common, with dark blue and light green hardbodied lures working well.
The stretch of river between the Echuca East boat ramp and the Goulburn Junction has been productive, with yellowbelly up to 47cm caught while trolling in 3m of water. As for lure colour, green, orange or yellow or a combination of the above should take the interest of a golden perch close by.
Further upstream, between Barmah and Mathoura, the fishing has been inconsistent with a hot bite one day and then all quiet for the next four.
The cod that have been caught have ranged from 30cm tiddlers to an impressive 90cm. The larger fish have been caught by anglers trolling lures, with green the standout colour.
A number of trout cod have been caught, with some up to 55cm giving anglers a run for their money in the faster water. It must be remembered that trout cod are protected and must be returned to the water.
Downstream from the Five Mile boat ramp there have been good numbers of cod caught with the largest reported 74cm.
Large yabbies fished tight in among the snags worked well for one angler, who pulled three from the one submerged log.
This area also has some good stretches of trolling water with plenty of timber for the cod to hold in while waiting for an easy meal to swim by.
From the Torrumbarry Weir back up to the Headworks, cod have been active for anglers trolling lures.
Christie Caine landed a 73cm cod on a pink/red StumpJumper and another angler cracked the magic metre with a 102cm specimen. Both fish were caught in the same area a few days apart.
Finding the deeper holes in the river and dragging your lures up the incline of the drop-offs has been effective. Fish position themselves out of the current and sit and wait for a meal to drift past above them.
Below the weir there has been plenty of activity for those using lures but unfortunately not too many fish have been landed. There has been no shortage hits on the lures but not too many hook-ups. This may be because the fish are not in a feeding mode but are hitting the lures out of aggression because it is swimming through their territory.
A good way to turn these strikes into hook-ups is, just after the fish has hit the lure, to drop the rod tip back towards the fish. This creates slack line, which will make the lure sit in front of the fish as if it is stunned after the hit.
As the slack line is taken up, the fish will see its meal swimming away and most times will have a second go at it.
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.
Goobes and good mate Boonta from Moama have been getting asome decent sized-fish recently. This cod measured 96cm and was trolled up on a Codger lure.Reads: 542