Yellas on the agenda till cod season
  |  First Published: October 2013

Footy finals and the Deni Ute Muster are at the forefront of most bush dwelling anglers minds this time of year as Murray cod and Cray season have come to a halt.

As of September 1 through to November 30 inclusive, the targeting of Murray cod is not permitted while the Muray crays are off limits until next June.

The best north east bound anglers could hope for over the next month is a good dose of sunshine to bring on a run of spring yellas.

Fishing the top end of Lake Mulwala around the Bundalong area where you find a little more current is traditionally more productive than the open waters of the lake itself.

For anyone that does encounter a cod over the next couple of months, it should release unharmed as quickly as possible.

To minimise cod encounters while targeting yellas, lures no more than 80mm should be used. If fishing the waters of north east Victoria in search of a yellowbelly or two, keep in mind the Murray River below Yarrawonga downstream to Tocumwal it totally closed to all forms of fishing for this period also.

The last month of the cod season proved to be tough with high water flows coming into Lake Mulwala via the Oven River resembling chocolate milk! Brad Pepper landed two standout cod measuring a magnificent 101cm and 105cm respectively. These two fell victim to his finely tuned trolling techniques. A few quick photo's and both were released to fight another day.

Chris Hudynski visited Mulwala and put in a solid few days fishing below the weir for pleasing returns. Four cod to 57cm, seven Yellas to 50cm, two trout cod and seven legal size crays were a great effort for fishing during tough times.

Coming up on the October 26 is the popular Golden Do$$ars fishing competition, an event designed to specifically target yellas/golden perch. Entry forms are now available for this and the Cod Classic. Again the Cod Classic promises to be huge and shouldn’t be missed.

Chris Hudynski with 50cm yella taken just as the cod season closed.

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