Cod season finally upon us
  |  First Published: December 2013

It was a long spring and now the wait is finally over: cod season is upon us and it’s set to be a great start to the season.

Over spring there were plenty of reports of small yellowbelly being caught in large numbers which is a great sign for our rivers. While all anglers were targeting yellowbelly there was some nice sized cod caught as by-catch.

The water is still very dirty in our area so bait has been the best methods for catching fish, but I think once the water cleans up the fish will again take lures.

Over the cod opening weekend the best bet would be fishing the river from the boat ramp upstream towards the junction or take a short drive out to Moira Park.

These areas have been known to fish really well early in the cod season with great access points for land-based or boat fishing.

Shepparton Lake

The lakes stocked yellowbelly were on the bite throughout October and November but the surprising feature this spring was the amount of by-catch cod caught while locals were targeting yellowbelly or redfin.

Hopefully with the amount of feed in the lake we see these fish grow into monsters as it will be great fun to land a big fish in front of the local walkers, rowers and fitness freaks.

Kialla Lakes

The lakes finally produced some great fishing in early November with reports of good yellowbelly being landed in night fishing sessions.

Bait seems to be the only method to use if you want to land a fish at the lakes.

It’s a great spot to bait fish with no snags and plenty of nice grassy banks to sit on.

As this is the December issue like to wish all the loyal readers a Merry Christmas and hopefully I will see you all on the water over the break.

Sunny Feldtmann with a Murray cod caught on a Predatek lure.

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