As the spring weather arrives, about the only thing missing for the upcoming fishing season is some good, soaking rain. With most of the water storages remaining below what is required for ‘normal’ river flows, the anglers in most of country Victoria are more than just a little concerned about the summer ahead.
Water levels at Echuca are lower than normal for this time of the year, with the Murray flowing around 2600 megalitres per day. This has seen a slower than average start to the golden perch bite that usually occurs in spring. The Goulburn River is also very low, with little if any flow to wake the goldens from their winter slumber. Reports are very rare, but there has been the odd golden perch caught in the Goulburn near its junction with the Murray River. The fish in this area have been caught on bait, with small yabbies and worms the bait to try.
The Murray downstream of the Five Mile Boat Ramp has been the place to try for a spring golden perch. Baits of yabbies and worms are also the way to go here. I have been told of the odd redfin being caught in this
The Edward River around Mathoura is still the best place to find some good-sized golden perch. Some fish have been caught on spinnerbaits or small lures cast from the bank. Bait is also working well with scrubworms and shrimp proving popular.
Reports from the Wakool River are not encouraging, with low water levels and very little in the way of flow making for very slow fishing. A lot of the river is also too low for boating.
The Campaspe River has slowed down a fair bit, with the redfin proving harder and harder to find. The area around the Waranga Syphon is the best of the places to try, with the possible added bonus of a few goldens.
I’ll finish with a report from a couple of local anglers who in the last 2 weeks of the cod season travelled well downstream, past Lock Nine, and spent 4 days trolling in some of the deep water that is found down there. In that time they caught and released 5 Murray cod that were all over the magical 1m. The best of these fish was almost 1.4m long, and well over 100lbs. Two others measured 1.2m and 2 more just past 1m. Captured along with these monsters were another 8 or so under 1m, with the smallest 68cm. Added to that were another 6 good-sized ‘by-catch’ in the form of golden perch. The fish were keen on purple and black lures that were capable of diving over 30 feet. A once in a lifetime trip!
For more information on fishing in the Echuca area, call in and talk to Garry at Gone Fishin', 190 Annesley Street, Echuca, or call 03 5482 4291.Reads: 961