Yellas Warming to the Task
  |  First Published: November 2005

Local reports suggest that the warmer spring weather has definitely got the yellas on the chew.

One of the hottest spots for yellowbelly at the moment is the Murray River, down below the Torrumbary Weir. Yellas have been caught by all techniques, although lure fishing has been particularly rewarding out there.

Spinnerbaits are accounting for the lion’s share of the larger fish landed. The fish seem very keen on black and red combinations cast to structure, then slowly retrieved very close to the bottom.

Bait has also been very productive. Scrubworms have been snapped up almost as quickly as they get to the bottom. This area should continue to fish well for yellas while the water flows at around 8 to 9 thousand megalitres a day.

In last months report I made mention of the area upstream of the Broken Creek’s junction with the Murray, at the mouth of the Narrows. This section of the river is producing some good yellas. It’s best fished with small to medium sized hard-bodied lures. The colours to reach for first are combinations of fluoro pink with some purple or black.

I have also heard of the occasional by-catch of 55 to 65cm cod, all of which have been promptly released given that closed season is still upon us.

Reports from anglers that have wandered a little further up the Narrows have suggest it’s been a worthwhile exercise. This part of the river is best fished with shrimps and scrubworms. Recently, these baits have brought about the undoing of some excellent yellowbelly, some over 3 kg. The trick to catching these beauties is to ‘bob’ the bait around logs and stumps. It seems to entice them to pounce on the bait.

Yellas have also been taken on worms around the Scenic Drive right in town. And there’s been some nice sized reddies taken on single and double tailed soft plastics cast and retrieved at the Campaspe River’s junction with the Murray.

Finally, the Edward River at Mathoura is worth the drive. The yellas have started to bite out there on worms and shrimps.

For all the latest fishing news in and around Echuca, contact me at Gone Fishin’ in Annesley St on (03) 5482 1171.

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