As the lake rises at a reasonable rate, a whole bunch of good-sized cod will be coming up in the water column and staking their claim on recently covered snags.
It’s by far the best time to be casting spinnerbaits, hardbodies and weedless rigged soft plastics at new lay downs, especially on overcast mornings and right on dusk, as they are very territorial in keeping their snags after just finding them.
This was very apparent on a recent trip for Troy Falzon, who picked up a 95cm beast in 1m of water up in the Big River arm, and it is fantastic to see a fish-savvy angler cradling the fish so as to ensure its survival. If we all took the time like Troy, the mortality rate of these icons would be significantly lower. He picked this fish up on a chartreuse spinnerbait, which is an awesome colour choice for this time of year.
It’s great to see the sheer numbers of committed anglers lately. The weather has been horrendous, being both windy and cold, but it hasn’t slowed numbers at all. This is by far the most active winter Eildon has seen for 10 years or more in my opinion, and as we all know, there is no substitute for time on the water and this couldn’t be more true than on Lake Eildon, which is such an enigma at times.
There have been steady reports of cod from 45-95cm lately, and the most important thing is the resounding health and amazing condition of all of them. It’s such a thriving and healthy system since the breaking of the drought.
One local angler, Daron Von Cranny, caught a nice cod around the 85cm mark, which hurled up a 35cm trout, so don’t be scared to throw some huge lures, Because they will eat them!
Plenty of trout are being taken flat lining Tassie Devils, with plenty in the 1-1.5lb range, which are great for the smoker. There’s also been a few taken in the 2-3lb range. My friend Adam caught a top notch brown lead lining a Tassie Devil and released it to fight another day, and it would have scraped in round the 4-5lb range.
Tight lines everyone and stay safe in the cold.Reads: 145