Spinnerbaits Hot at Mulwala
  |  First Published: June 2005

If the recent fishing action at Lake Mulwala could be translated into water temperature, the lake would be boiling! The fishing of late, especially for Murray cod has been nothing short of sensational.

Due to the lack of rain and minimal wind, water clarity in Lake Mulwala has increased to over 1m. With this in mind, the most productive method has been to cast spinnerbaits to fallen timber in depths of between 1m and 3m. The majority of fish coming out of these areas are ranging in size between 45cm and 65cm, with a few larger specimens amongst them. The sun is getting great penetration and is allowing these flashy lures to work at their optimum. There is no doubt that when using spinnerbaits, quality components are the key to increasing your catch rate. With an ultra slow retrieve, the Bassman and Terminator range stand-alone when it comes to having the blades that give off a good flash and vibration.

The open parts of the lake at the Yarrawonga end and around Majors Creek have produced numbers of fish over the last month. These areas have been most productive for those anglers trolling lures in depths of between 3m and 8m. The best fish reported weighed in at 52lb. Unfortunately, the lucky angler decided to keep the fish rather than release it. Until someone can come up with better excuses than “it was my first big cod so I had to take it home to show my mates”, “I pay my licence fees” or “I wanted to see what it tasted like”, I believe that all cod over 85cm should be returned to the water.

Another interesting report to come out of Lake Mulwala in the past month has been that of a self proclaimed ‘gun fisherman’ being caught with an alleged 120m of cross lines. Every year, this parasite comes to town and happens to appear in the local paper telling how he did battle with a monster armed with nothing more than a handline spooled with 200lb line. Thanks to the diligent work of a couple of concerned fishermen and the co-operation of the local fisheries officers, I hope this is his last trip to Lake Mulwala!

On 1 May, the spiny freshwater crayfish season opened [check out Roger Miles’ Feature on crayfishing in this issue – Ed.]

My prediction for Lake Mulwala over the next month or so is that those trolling diving lures in the deeper parts of the lake will get some good fish. This is the time of year good quality size fish are often caught in the region. If you do happen to cross paths with a Mulwala monster, do some serious thinking on why you have to keep the fish. Don’t let the emotion of the moment sway your decision.

Below the weir, the river is very low which makes for some tricky navigation in parts. If you don’t know this section very well, then be extra careful as big red gum snags can take a good bite out of your motor leg or propeller. Fishing has been patchy with only a few reports coming in. Everybody who’s been using bait has managed to land numerous undersize cod and trout cod. The craze bait of the moment, cheese, has been doing the job. For those who have been casting lures, golden perch between 2lb and 6lb have been caught. The only other option around at the moment has been casting lures in and around the local irrigation channels near their regulation points. A committed few prefer this method and have been taking some nice yellas to 8lb. Until next month, happy fishing!

The author with a 62cm Lake Mulwala cod.

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