Watch out for weed!
  |  First Published: January 2016

Cod season is in full swing, and the fishing is shaping up. The cod season opened on 1 Dec and there were immediate reports of plentiful cod captures, which is great to hear!

The Barmah Lakes has been a very popular place to start, with some nice fish caught both on trolled hardbody lures and bait. There was some nice size cod caught to around the 80cm mark, a positive kick-start in the right direction. Moving closer to Echuca, around the Goulburn junction there were reports of a few fish caught on lures, mainly small cod and plenty of yellas. With Goulburn so low at the start of the open season, the water remained clear in the Murray – this made for excellent lure fishing conditions.

The river was looking good at opening, with plenty of small cod caught both on lures and bait from Echuca down to Torrumbarry. I also went down there during cod opening week and managed to get a couple of small cod casting hardbodies. At the moment, there is a bad weed growth in the shallow water and around the fallen down timber, which inhibits lure casting. This weed is really the only bad thing about the Torrumbarry area. Below the weir, there were reports of small cod caught on bait. The best bait to use includes grubs, cheese, shrimp, and yabbies. A few better fish were picked on lures, try casting spinnerbaits and trolling hard bodies.

Once again, there is plenty of weed washed up on snags making it hard for lure fishermen. The Gunbower creek seemed to produce plenty of fish on the opening weekend, with some nice size cod caught around 80cm. Majority of the fish were caught on bait, with the odd catch on a lure. With the low rainfall of late, the water clarity in the Murray and others rivers should remain good. The environmental flows have stopped, so the Murray should remain at normal summer level.

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