Lake Mulwala is filling at a steady pace, by the time this report goes to print the lake will be full – so guessing at how the lake will be fishing is nigh on impossible!
Water clarity and temperatures will have a strong impact on the fishing activity, along with how the cod settle back into their home snags. Traditionally, after a drawdown/refill, action is a bit slow for the first couple of months. As the water warms and settles, reports return to normal where Lake Mulwala can be very rewarding one minute and ‘the lake of 1000 casts’ the next. One thing that never changes is Lake Mulwala’s dense population of natives assures us it will be forever known as ‘The home of the Murray cod’.
A better option for the last week or two of the season would be to head downstream in the river. Trolling your 100mm+ sized lures could see you in for some genuine rod bending action.
Looking back, July was a tough month as varying water conditions mixed in with some very cool weather made for a challenge. The best cod reported came from a very keen David Foster. Dave’s cast Bassman Mumbler was brutalised by a 113cm beast that made for a memorable day out and some lasting happy snaps. Another to come up tight on a great green specimen was Sasha Jovanovic. Under the watchful eye of the old man George, Sasha’s trolled lure was gobbled up by a healthy 105cm cod. All up during the draw down period, over 20 cod measuring in excess of the magical metre mark were caught, along with many other 70cm+ quality specimens.
While talking draw down, credit must go to either (or both, whoever is responsible?) Goulburn Murray Water or Moira Shire for the work they did at extending the Yacht Club boat ramp. While the lake is drawn down, access was still possible but only via 4WD, which was still fairly dodgy and in some situations risky at best. We now have a newly extended ramp that remains usable when the lake is at its lowest. Great job to all concerned.
Cray season has been steady without having much to jump up and down about. Since the new laws increasing minimum size limit and reducing bag limits came into place in 2014, the novelty for many has worn off. Credit must go to Fisheries for allowing the targeting of these tasty critters to remain when it would have been easy to ban ‘craying’ altogether.
Cod and cray season closes September 1 through until November 30. Make sure you’re aware of all rules pertaining to fishing for natives this time of year. Also note that all water from downstream of the Yarrawonga Weir through Cobram downstream to the Tocumwal Bridge are totally closed for all fishing activities.
Some of the biggest news on fishing tournament scene has just been announced by the Cod Classic organising team. This year they will have up for grabs a potential $1 million cash bounty* for some lucky angler if they can catch ‘Phil’, the specially tagged Murray cod. Throw in a Ford Ranger Ute and seven boating packages, this is one event not to be missed.
For more information on the Cod Classic, the upcoming Golden Dollar$ in late October or anything else relating to fishing Mulwala, feel free to give us a call at Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski on 0357 443 133.Reads: 429