A trip to the dentist or a day’s shopping with mum could be more fun than trying to pull a fish from Mulwala this time of year. With cod season closed, it’s illegal to target our iconic Murray cod until December 1. For the native fishos, you’re left with locally chasing yellas and they don’t tend to fire until mid October. When they do, look out! Cricket scores are not uncommon and quality fish measure well into the 50cm bracket.
Traditionally, the top end of lake around the Bundalong area is more productive than the open waters of the lake itself. For anyone that encounters a cod over the next couple of months, release it unharmed as quickly as possible. Anglers must keep in mind that as of September 1 through to December 1, targeting Murray cod is not permitted. The Murray River below Yarrawonga, downstream through the Cobram area to the Tocumwal Traffic Bridge, is totally closed to all forms of fishing for this time.
Looking back, when conditions settled after July floods, the traditional run of big fish on the chew below the weir took off. Trolling and casting larger hardbodied lures proved most productive. Kev Brooks and Ant Grant were a couple who landed a super cod measuring in excess of the 120cm mark. Cain Peatling was another to have a good run with quality cod, while his brother Brent ‘human banana’ remained fishless.
Above all, one angler stood out for his remarkable return of a mighty meter plus cod – Kyle Dalrymple of Corowa. Kyle landed close to half a dozen ‘meteries’ with his lure of choice, the 120mm Kuttafurra Mud Honey. All up, over 20 cod measuring in excess of the magical meter mark were caught along, with many other 70cm+ quality specimens.
I’ve just spent six weeks fishing everywhere between Copeton Dam and Townsville. It’s not the perfect time to chase barra or bass, but it’s a great trip none the less. If you’re headed north, half a dozen locations that should not be missed include Copeton, Kinchant, Teemburra, Monduran, Cania and Peter Faust Dams. There are plenty of other great locations around QLD, but these six won’t leave you disappointed.
Coming up on October 22 is the popular Golden Dollars Fishing Competition, an event designed to specifically target yellas. Entry forms and invites are now available for this. Also, organisation for the seventeenth annual Cod Classic is well under way, with the event looking as good as ever. Seven boating packages, a chance to spend 30 seconds in a cash grab machine along with $150K of prizes makes this is one event not to be missed.
Entry forms are now available on line at www.codclassic.com.au. For more information on the Cod Classic, the upcoming Golden Dollars or anything relating to fishing Mulwala, feel free to give us a call at Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski on 0357 443133.
Kyle Dalrymple with a 111cm beast of a Murray cod.Reads: 826