Big cod prime time!
  |  First Published: May 2014

Numerous reports of cod measuring in excess of the magical metre mark point towards Lake Mulwala. It’s the place to be this time of year for those looking to tangle with the mythical Maccullochella peelii (Murray cod). Along with the odd monster, you will encounter cod in the 45-75cm bracket as they are the norm with up to 8 being the average for a day’s return.

The lake can be fished various ways, namely trolling, bait fishing, surface fishing or casting lures (spinnerbaits, hardbodies, crank baits, chatterbaits and plastics soft). Trolling produces the most constant results and sees many anglers become attached to their fist cod.

With the lake varying in depth from 2-10m on average, lure selection depends on trolling location. However, a lure that will dive to 7m will see most situations covered. For those casting (any style of lure) your optimum depth range will be from 2-5m. A lure that puts out good vibration, has reasonable size/profile, can reach and maintain depth you are fishing should be your choice.

Surface fishing will see you target the shallower areas with 2-4m being prime. A good surface action that emits plenty of noise and water displacement is what to look for when it comes to choosing surface lures. Bait fishos should be looking to fish the edges of the deeper channels that exist within the lake. These can be easily defined by looking for the bigger stands of dead trees. Water that has more of a current flow around it will also be beneficial. Bardi grubs, yabbies, scrub worms and cheese prove to be the most popular offerings when it comes to tempting cod.

Looking back, as mentioned, there have been some great reports of some mighty cod and none better than what was produced during in the popular His & Hers Partners Classic.

Justin Adair weighed in a beauty that measured in at 102cm – a great effort for Justin landing his first metre cod, especially in a competition. His fell victim to a cast purple Bassman spinnerbait caught opposite the Yacht Club. Thinking Justin had won for the day, you could imagine everyone’s surprise when Craig Barber submitted his catch card and photos of a truly amazing specimen that measured in at a whopping 117cm! Craig's trophy catch was caught on a cast Jackall Muscle Deep around the Kyffin's area. A special mention must go to Lori Hall who won the female section for biggest cod with her PB of 85cm taken on a trolled Codger Lure.

Jamie Stewart was another to come up trumps with a 104cm being his prize. After an unsuccessful evening surface fishing Jamie opted to troll home. On the way this creature took a liking to his trolled 120mm Koolabung Lure.

Kyle Dalrymple also produced the goods again when he become connected to a quality 103cm cod. Kyle's lure of choice was a cast Breakaway spinnerbait. This cod was taken around the Taramia area.

Perennial big cod specialists Trent and Kristy Freer had a warm up for their traditional winter assault with Kristy landing a healthy 85cm fish for her efforts. We are sure to hear more from them in the next few months.

Elsewhere within the lake, the backwaters and lagoons in and around the Bundalong area are still producing some nice yellows. Graeme Jarvis celebrated the launch of his new boat (5.4m Bass Tracker) over the Pirtek comp weekend with a brace of quality golden perch mixed in with a few cod from this area.

• If you are visiting town, I urge you to call into Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski, the shop with the big green cod out the front (Opposite the Post Office) in Mulwala and say G’day. We are your largest Murray Cod specific shop in Yarrawonga/Mulwala and specialise in all things ‘green’! For any information on the upcoming events or fishing reports give us a hoy on 0357 443 133.

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