Now that December is here many anglers will have only one thing on their mind – the Murray cod season.
Many hours will be spent considering where to fish during the opening weekend and what gear will be needed for the months ahead. If you’re a social angler then think about participating in one of the competitions that are run at this time of the year, such as the annual Cod Opening Classic at Mulwala. It’s right in the heart of cod country and gives you the opportunity to win some great prizes.
On the local scene things have been very good. Even with the mixed weather we’ve received local anglers have been doing surprisingly well. We expect good results on fine days when large numbers of anglers are out on the water but even the diehards amongst us who have dared out on the cold and wet days have reaped the rewards.
The Goulburn River at Seymour has produced some good fishing for both trout and redfin. The redfin have been up to 1.7kg and there have been plenty of them. Further downstream in the Nagambie Lake backwaters the redfin fishing has also been productive. As we move into summer these fish should become even more active. Lure casting from the bank and baitfishing with yabbies has been best. When using yabbies try a very slow retrieve. This has the benefit of limiting the yabby’s ability to bury itself, which makes it very hard for the fish to take your bait.
Waranga Basin has received some very welcome water and is nearly full. There are no reports to hand at the moment but I would consider this lake if you’re looking for a feed of redfin. This water does not get the attention it deserves. It holds some very big cod and redfin. Both lure and bait fishing will take fish, however anglers who prefer baitfish need to find the fish first. This is not as easy as in some lakes because there are no stands of dead trees to tie up to. Using a good sounder will help, or drift with bait until fish are found. Then anchor up.
The channels are also worth trying. They hold some very big yellowbelly, trout and redfin. Make sure you check the regulations as there are some restrictions in place on some of these channels.
Lake Mokoan is a perennial favourite amongst many anglers at this time of year and is currently about half full. Anglers are starting to move in and the fish are coming to the party. Yellowbelly are the target species but this lake is gaining a reputation for cod too. While you may not catch a lot of them, the ones you do catch are likely to be big ones.
Lake Eildon is the hot spot at the moment. The recent rains have brought it up to 48% capacity. We’ve made several trips there over the last month and on most days have taken a mixed bag, including yellowbelly to 8kg, redfin to 1.2kg and trout to 2kg. There are not too many venues that can match that!
As the water warms up the trout will become less active but the Murray cod should start to move. We’ve had most success with size three StumpJumpers in purple and pink as well as pink and black OarGee lures. Baits of yabbies and worms are also taking fish from the bank.Reads: 773