Yarrawonga Yellas
  |  First Published: December 2008

The fishing in the Yarrawonga region has continued to be productive, with good numbers of golden perch being caught.

Over the past couple of seasons there has been a good concentration of golden perch at the bottom end of Lake Mulwala. They move regularly, though, so it is often a game of hide and seek. They will usually be found near areas with increased current flow.

Anglers trolling the edges of the river or casting to the banks have been having good success.

If you do manage to land a golden perch, always spend extra time fishing this area. Often at this time of year the golden perch can be concentrated in small schools. If you land one, it’s likely there will be several more nearby.

Water clarity varies greatly depending on which area you are fishing. The top end of the lake at Majors is where the water clarity is the worst. Here the most productive colours have been dark silhouettes such as black and purple. Bright, contrasting colours such as pink, orange and chartreuse have also been productive.

Recent rain has produced an increase in flow down the Ovens River, which has seen the section of river upstream from Bundalong fishing well.

At the top end of the lake, the majority of fish are being caught along the edges of the main river, where water clarity has been better.

As you travel downstream towards the dam wall, water clarity improves. In the bottom section of the lake, where water clarity is good, the most productive colours are again dark silhouettes such as black and purple. Natural tones such as brown and whites are also good options in the clear water.

Lake Mulwala has experienced some windy weather lately, which has stirred up the water in the shallower areas. At this stage water flows through the lake have been minimal. With less water flow and dirtier water, the flats have not been as productive as normal.

There have been some reasonable captures of redfin, mostly around the edges of weed beds. Unfortunately there is far less weed in the lake this year than last but it should become more established as the season progresses. The majority of redfin have been caught trolling small to medium hard-bodied lures or by casting lipless crankbaits to the edges of the weed.

The clarity in the river below Lake Mulwala is very good for this time of year because the river has often been at a lower level than normal. Anglers should always take care when driving a boat in the river below Lake Mulwala.

With the Murray cod season now open, increasing numbers of anglers will be venturing to Lake Mulwala in attempt to land that fish of a lifetime. Early in the season is often a good time to land a few cod well above average size.

This is often a great time to target cod on surface lures. For those who have not tried it before, it is not for the faint-hearted. A cod slamming your surface lure only metres away is enough to give even the most experienced angler heart palpitations.

Last season was the most productive that we have had with Cod Hunter Fishing Tours. I can only hope that this season can go close. Remember, if you plan to keep a cod for a feed, there is a new size limit of 60cm.

Dave McKenna fished with Cod Hunter Fishing Tours and caught this 86cm Murray cod at Lake Mulwala on December 1. The cod was the largest of six fish that he landed for the day.

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