The combination of cold weather and low water levels has made the fishing action around Echuca very slow. This should improve in September when the yellowbelly arrive.
The Murray River has become very quiet with little or no action being reported; this seems to be the general trend at this time of year.
The Goulburn River has seen a small increase in water flow, which may be enough to get the yellowbelly started. The best way to get some early spring yellas is by fishing from the bank with fresh bait, scrubworms, shrimp and small yabbies. Also try casting spinnerbaits from the bank.
The Campaspe River, upstream of Echuca, is still producing a few quality redfin. These fish are taking small spinners and small lures. The best places to try are the deeper holes and around the structure.
Another place worth a try at the moment is the Edward River around Mathoura. This area should have rising river levels soon and as the water starts to flow, yellas will come on the chew. Bait is the best way to target yellas with shrimp and worms the best bet for an early fish. Try fishing Gulpa Creek using similar tactics while you are in the area.
Don't forget that any cod caught between September 1 and the November 30 must be returned to the water. This is an important time for Murray cod as they start to spawn. We need these fish to help produce more fish for the future.
For more information on the fishing around Echuca call in and see Garry at Gone Fishin' 190 Annesley Street Echuca.Reads: 1429