Cod Hot for Holidays
  |  First Published: December 2005

Fishing in the Echuca region has been mixed. The water in most local rivers has been fairly dirty, which has made for tough conditions for lure fishermen.

A few persistent fishermen have found some nice cod with the best area being The Narrows, upstream from Broken Creek.

Local angler Brian ‘Watto’ Watson boated eight cod recently. The best fish measured 90cm and five of the other fish were over 50cm. The most productive lure was size 2 StumpJumper in the no. 23 colour.

Other fishermen have had success casting spinnerbaits in this area. The best colour combination has been black and purple.

The Murray River below the weir at Torrumbarry has been producing good cod and yellowbelly, which have been taken on live shrimp and bardi grubs. The best tactic has been bobbing shrimp around the snags, tempting yellas to 2.5kg. Bardi grubs fished in the faster flowing water are getting most interest from Murray cod.

Waranga Basin

The Waranga Basin is starting to give up some good bags of redfin. The Basin is best fished by trolling small lures around Harriman’s Point. Once a couple have been caught in one area, anchor up and use ice jigs or Baltic bobbers. Some anglers have bagged a dozen or more this way with fish to 1kg common.

For anglers coming to Echuca over the holiday season, try fishing around Casey Road, especially with large lures, and The Gulf in the Barmah Forest, which is best fished with bardi grubs.

For more information call in and ask for Garry at Gone Fishin’ in Annesley St, Echuca.

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