Mixed bag of angling opportunities
  |  First Published: April 2017

Anglers fishing the local lakes and rivers have reported good catches and ample action over the past few weeks. Yabbies have been a popular catch. While you need to work to get a feed, most locations are producing a few.

The Edward River has yabbies, golden perch and redfin on the chew. It’s not a bad day out if you can score this mixed bag and a wonderful dining event to follow. All fish are taking bait with shrimps and scrub worms working well. The Wakool River at Kyalite is also producing a few golden perch and the occasional small Murray cod on bait.

Swan Hill tackle shop proprietor Jim Credlin says there have been a few cod caught locally in the Murray River on bait and lures. One group of anglers fishing upstream of town managed to land four cod to 65cm on lures. As all good fishing stories go, it seems they also lost a bigger cod beside the boat estimated to be around the 90cm mark.

The local lakes are also fishing well with good numbers of redfin biting on bait. While most of the redfin are small, there are some larger fish to be caught if you are patient. Local whitebait, shrimp and worms have been the most effective baits so far. Golden perch too have been a regular catch with most taking home a feed.

Anglers fishing bait at Boundary Bend on the Murray River have reported good numbers of golden perch and a few small cod in the mix. A few fish have also been taken on trolled lures.

The Murray River at Robinvale is producing a few golden perch on bait. I am yet to hear of a single cod landed at this location since the opening.

Carp are prolific and you can almost wear yourself out hauling them in at leisure. The odd catfish is also in the mix, if they can beat the carp to the bait. All up, if you’re keen to wet a line, this would be a great location to soak a few baits with the kids.

The Murray River at Wemen has produced golden perch on bait this past month and once again, prolific numbers of carp. I heard rumours of a 30lb cod caught on a yabby from a sandbar in this area, but there are no photos to back it up. I hope this capture is true, because if one can make it through the recent black water events, surely others might have as well. I guess time will tell. It’s been very quiet on the cod front along most of the local Murray River with the majority of cod caught failing to even make legal size.

Our last outing on the Murray was a bait-drowning mission in the hopes a few perch might find their way from hook to pan.

Fishing downstream of Robinvale, the action was thick and fast with bite after bite producing some very large carp up to around the 10kg mark and a few small perch. Unfortunately, we missed out on a feed.

Perhaps next time we might have a little more luck. Until then, there is plenty of fishing action in our local waters.

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