Fantastic cod fishing
  |  First Published: July 2014

There are many things on offer for native fish anglers around Mildura during the month of July. This is the time when the largest of Murray cod can be caught in amongst the snags with an accurately cast lure. Even though our river fish are rather sluggish during the winter, the aggressive strike of monster Murray cod can shake you to your very core. There are not too many things better than braving the cold frosty mornings on the banks of the Murray River around a warm fire before heading out for a fish.

Cod fishing over the past month has been fantastic with several cod over a metre caught on lures in various locations around Mildura. This has coincided with high barometric pressures both steady and on the rise. A fair few cod in the 75-80cm range have also been caught quite frequently on large lures recently.

The odd monster cod measuring over 130cm cod has been caught on large trolled hard-bodied lures too; it seems the bigger the lure is, the better. Colours haven’t been too much of a concern as cod have been caught on a large variety of colours lately. While lure colour in clear water can make a difference, the cod have been biting on all sorts of colours and sizes.

There have been some nice yellowbelly caught on lures around the Fort Courage area despite the colder weather. Quite a few goldens have been around the 50cm mark, which is a very good size for the main river. Similarly, bait has been producing some good results around root balls and weed beds with shrimp being the go-to bait. With little flow in the river at the moment, light bait rigs are a must.

Water clarity has been excellent over the past month which has been great for catching Murray cod. Anglers are now tuning their casting techniques as the fish have moved around the snags in the shallow waters. When the water is this clear, it pays to aim for long casts into snags as getting too close may spook the bigger fish. Spinnerbaits will take on a world of their own in this clearer water with nickel and black blades working best. Natural colours are worth trying also. Anglers have been enjoying a lot of success lately on dark coloured lures in the clear water.

Water levels dropped during June to compensate for the maintenance of the weir structure at lock 11. Weir maintenance is always a fascinating time as people flock from everywhere to view the river bed and maybe even find that long-lost lure!

The coming month is set to be a hot month for Murray cod fishing. The first couple of frosts are always good to kick things off and to slow everything down even more, particularly for casting. Once the cod start feeding and aggressively scoffing most things that come their way, we should see some more great sized fish being caught.

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