Lake Mulwala - still worth a visit!
  |  First Published: June 2016

The Lake has resembled a ghost town over the past couple of months, and it’s sad to know many have missed out on some great fishing opportunities due to an ill-informed scare monger campaign over blue green algae. I hope our local and state governments spend as much on promoting our area as they have on keeping people away once the all clear is given. As the weather cools and the rains continue, it’s only a matter of time.

The cooler months traditionally bring reduced catch rates, but overall the size of cod caught greatly increases. The trend these days is surface fishing. You are sure to see many great fish taken out of the shallows by those prepared to put in time on either a cool crisp evening or chilly morning.

The 6th Cod Nationals was hotly contested through the month with 31 anglers gathering for five days of full on fishing. The cod were up and about with exactly 250 caught for the week and 84 of those of legal size or bigger. The standout fish for the week was a beautiful 112cm cod taken by Marty Smith off the surface on a cast Jackall Pompadour. Amazingly, this was at 4.55pm when there was still plenty of daylight. The runaway winner for the week was Bryden Whitfield of Team Bassman Spinnerbaits who landed an amazing total of 47 cod, 24 of those were legal. In among these Bryden cracked the meter mark with a beautiful 102.5cm specimen. The runner-up team was Team Wilsons (Ian and Matt Rogers), while Anthony Pavlou from Team Venom took out the runner-up champion angler position.

Murray cray season launched on 1 May. As per usual, effort rewarded with return. Make sure you are fully up to speed on bag, size and net limits before you head out and be wary that you can now only go cray-ing in certain areas along the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers.

Last month some anglers produced great fish. The following anglers deserve honourable mentions including – the Stephens family from Swan Hill, Steve and Tanya Cannon, Aaron Farrugia, Zane Heinjuis, Johnny Salvatore, Luke and Lola James, Paul Hobbs, Phil Cockshut, and Kev Wild and the Maryborough crew. Anita and Helen Wilson, Marshall Elliot, Daneka Robinson, Ben Sharp, Margaret Pollock and Jock Pilmore also found some crackers.

Some smashed the magical 1m mark including Matt Davis with a 116cm fish caught on a cast hardbody lure. Heath Hancock caught another 116cm taken on a Jackall Pompadour. Malcolm Argus gets the chocolates for his 117cm taken off the top on a King Hit lure.

• If you are visiting town, I urge you to call into Lake Mulwala Fish, Camp & Ski (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 (03) 5744 3133.

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