Head upstream or down
  |  First Published: April 2008

The fishing around Robinvale over the past month has remained steady. With warm weather and plenty of wake boats chopping up the river, working the pool water in Robinvale itself is akin to fishing in a washing machine.

For this reason most anglers are fishing upstream towards Boundary Bend or opting for the shallow sections of river downstream of the loch at Euston.

Good numbers of golden perch have been the norm for bait anglers on the downstream side of the loch. A few nice cod to 20kg have also been landed on bait and lures.

This is a great area for casting, with numerous rock bars and large submerged snags, so we should see some good cod taken along this section of the Murray over coming months.

Those venturing upstream of Robinvale have reported good numbers of small cod on bait and lures but larger fish have been a little harder to find. This should change as the weather begins to cool.

The Wakool River near Kyalite has had a small flush which slowed the fishing for a while but things should return to normal as the river levels out and begins to settle.

Early reports already have a few small cod caught on spinnerbaits and some solid golden perch on shrimps and worms.


The Murrumbidgee River near Balranald remains steady and clear, a little too clear for some as many anglers are struggling to catch fish.

Under these conditions, the best results are usually achieved during low-light periods. Morning and evening into darkness will see the fish feed more freely, as will overcast conditions.

When lure fishing, present long, accurate casts to structure and work the lures slowly.

Bait anglers should also fish hard against structure and present the bait as naturally as possible. With little to no current, there is no need to use a sinker; a light natural presentation will result in more bites and far fewer snags.

Surface lures might also be worth a run at night, especially as we lead up to the first hatch of bardie moths.

The Edward River continues to produce large numbers of undersized cod for bait and lure anglers. If you have never caught a Murray cod before, this is the river to change all that.

Some anglers are reporting single sessions producing 20 or more small cod on bait without changing location. It seems the future looks good along the Edward as far as cod numbers are concerned.

A flush down the Darling River has slowed the fishing in the Murray below Wentworth. With more water on its way, the fishing in this area my take a while to pick up. This flush might fire the yabbies, something we have not seen for a decade or more.

The Mildura section of the Murray above the lock is fishing well with numerous big cod and golden perch on the chew. Anglers trolling 90mm AC Invaders in dark patterns have taken cod to 30kg in the deeper holes.

The good fishing backs upstream through Gol- Gol as far as Bottle Bend. This is a fair stretch of river with plenty of opportunities to troll, cast or simply drown a bait.

As the weather begins to cool and the days get shorter, we can expect to see more large cod caught in most areas mentioned.

Anglers fishing upstream of Mildura in the pool water are landing some nice cod on lures. This one was caught along the Murray on a Bassman spinnerbait cast around the snags.

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