As we work our way through the winter this season it seems strange to travel down the river without dodging cray pots with the season closed between Tocumwal and Mildura in NSW waters.
However reports flowing in tell us that the local Victorian waterways are producing good crays and in numbers that justify the effort.
With river levels reasonably low and the clarity of the water good we are seeing some great results trolling for both cod and yellowbelly. From the Port of Echuca downstream and from the five mile boat ramp or Casey Road ramp with a slow troll with a lure down 5-7m with good action and a little patience and the result will come. I like to troll two lures at slightly different depths to give both species equal opportunity to join in the fun.
If I was to target yellowbelly I would be heading to Torrumbarry and fishing above the weir which has remained sound throughout the winter whether your preferred method is trolling, casting or bait fishing with all three producing great results; anglers that put the effort in during these cooler months are often well rewarded.
Bait anglers fishing east of Echuca near the mouth of the Goulburn and above are getting best results on scrub worms and yabbies under a running sinker or by running the sinker straight down to the hook using either a size 3 or 4 circle hook. While it is a little harder to present the bait, the resulting hook-ups make it well worthwhile with both cod and yellowbelly. There is also a lot of silver bream being caught and their size seems to be increasing steadily and we are seeing the numbers of those dreaded carp decreasing as a result.
I think as we look forward to August with the weather starting to show signs of those beautiful spring days we need to enjoy the last of the current cod season so put out those big cod lures out and get them down deep and enjoy our unique river.
This is also around the time the yellas will appear in greater numbers around Gunbower and Kow Swamp so try around the Headworks using lures. Traditionally Jackalls account for a lot of fish, keeping in mind you will lose some lures but fishing around snags will always give the best results.
If bait fishing these areas try some small yabbies or scrubbies and you should have success. So good luck with your fishing and get out and get amongst them.
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