As the autumn weather descends upon us we all should be looking forward to some superb late season fishing in and around the Echuca area. At present the Murray River at Echuca is starting to fall and the water clarity is good. The water will become even clearer over the next 6 to 8 weeks. Water temperature is around 20oC, which will also fall slowly from now on.
Just completed was the Echuca/Moama RSL fishing classic. Over 800 people competed with some great prizes up for grabs. The local area once again produced some excellent catches of trophy Murray cod. To win the longest cod category you needed a fish of 1.2m and there were two of this length caught. The best golden perch was 47cm and there were more than 120 other native fish caught and released. In addition some 600 carp were removed from the local waters. Congratulations must go to the Echuca/Moama RSL Club for another brilliantly organised fishing competition. (For a full report of the competition see the Tournament pages – Ed.).
Fishing reports from upstream of Echuca are a little quiet for this time of year, maybe because of the slightly lower than normal river levels. This area is still well worth the effort especially with bardi grubs and scrubworms fished around the drop offs. This is the way to find a slightly shy cod or two. Some golden perch have also been caught in this area using spinnerbaits cast to the timber and around the drop offs. A very slow retrieve is the key to success.
Unfortunately the water levels at Waranga Basin are so low that boats can no longer be launched. This has basically seen the end of some of the best redfin fishing we have had for quite a few years. Hopefully as the Basin fills over the winter the redfin will come back on the bite.
Fishing downstream from Echuca is still very good with plenty of Murray cod being caught. I fished the area just below the Deep Creek Marina recently and caught four legal-sized Murray cod on bardi grubs. The water depth was 2.5-3m and the best fishing was from 5pm through to almost dark.
Local fishing guru Brian Hinson and his son Ashley landed two well legal cod and one golden perch on the same weekend that I was fishing. They were fishing a little closer to the Torrumbarry Weir and all their fish were caught on deep-diving lures. The lures that worked had black and white stripes with a red throat.
Over the next month or two the area upstream of the Torrumbarry Weir will be a great place to fish. This will be the prime time to hook up to a large to a very large ‘Torrumbarry Special’. I urge you to come and try this beautiful stretch of river. You will need some large deep diving lures, 15kg plus line, a strong fishing rod and reel, and a big landing net.
Good luck and good fishing. For more information on the area around Echuca call in and see Garry at Gone Fishin’, 190 Annesley Street, Echuca.Reads: 1532