After some extremely hot weather over summer, most of Echuca’s fishermen are looking forward to the milder temperatures of early autumn. However, the higher temperatures did help the fishing, bringing some big Murray cod on the chew.
I received some excellent reports of big cod landed in February. The best was an 110cm cod that was caught on a 85mm Codger in the dark green and black colour with the yellow and red under belly. This fish was caught downstream from the Fairley Road boat ramp. The same fisherman landed two other legal sized fish on the same day, fishing the same lure.
Other good fish, including two of 78cm and 82cm, were caught from around the Echuca eastern boat ramp on lures. With the Murray River starting to clear and the bigger fish moving, the fishing should really begin to fire up soon.
Reports from below Torumbarry Weir have been quiet with the water still a bit dirty, however, a few yellowbelly have been taken on shrimp. These fish have been caught around structure so ‘bob’ your bait. Persistence is the trick!
Alan Kulf from Murray River Fishing Tours fished with a client around the Goulburn junction recently and landed a 103cm Murray cod. It was taken in the middle of the day on large metallic blue, red and silver StumpJumper.
The Edwards River around Moulimein has been the hot spot for bait fishermen with plenty of small to medium cod falling for bardi grubs. Some nice sized cod have also fallen for yabbies. Anglers fishing with a shrimp and worm cocktail have caught the odd large yellowbelly.
Don’t forget the RSL Fishing Classic between 23 and 25 of March in Echuca. There’s around $50,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.
For more information about the Echuca fishing area call in and see Garry at Gone Fishin’ at 190 Annesley Street in Echuca.Reads: 1428