Codzilla revisits the Doon
  |  First Published: April 2016

It seems the weather gods are playing games with us! It wasn’t that long ago they were saying we were going to have a very wet autumn, and now they are not sure.

If we don’t get substantial rain soon, it may force the power stations to significantly extend the irrigation season by up to a month, which could take the lake right down to 30%. This would be a real downer for local businesses leading into next summer. Who knows how low it could get if this dry run continues?

A couple of years ago, I got news of an awesome cod taken by an angler called Neil Main. The beast was 1.3m long, and it seemed it was only a matter of time before this talented angler popped up with another cracker of a fish, and it was great to see a belter measuring in at 1.12m. To top this off, he scored another one in the same weekend, coming in at 81cm. Both fish were very fat and healthy cod and were released.

There’s still no official word on wether or not we will see the closed season on the cod lifted in Eildon this year. If this happens, and its more likely than not, with water levels looking increasingly like they are going to get lower, this could see some amazing fishing coming throughout spring. Lots and lots of anglers will take advantage and really target Eildon’s growing population of large green fish, and it will be a massive win for local businesses to get a big influx of anglers throughout the normally closed season. Bring it on I say.

So it looks more likely that our water levels won’t be starting to rise quite as soon as we had hoped, but that’s what Eildon was built for, so we can’t complain.

There have been a couple of yellas caught recently with local angler Merv picking up a nice 58cm model on a purple stumpy in 8m of water. 

A couple of nice browns have been dredged up in the Delatite River mouth with deep diving crankbaits doing the damage. The best one reported went 3.5lb.

The action is still very quiet on the redfin side of things, which is so frustrating when you just want to get a feed!

Stay safe on the water as things become very cold on and in the water.

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