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Mulwala fishing better than ever
  |  First Published: July 2008



In my 15 years of living on the shores of Lake Mulwala, the home of the Murray cod, I have never seen it fish so well and consistently. Reports of a dozen or more legal cod per day have been common and for the first time in more than 20 years, redfin have become a genuine target species.

With the red-hot bite going on, I made a call to my father Gordon and suggested we go out. Even though we live only 20 minutes apart, we don’t often share much time in the same boat. After casting for eight hours, Dad had landed five legal cod up to 61cm, dropped another half a dozen and had about another six hits.

I managed one hit and that could have come from an aggressive snag! The amazing thing was that we were fishing side by size, both using identical black Jackall Doozer lures.

When he ended up losing his lure, he pinched mine and did not get another touch. Talk about having a lucky lure! It looks like we will be spending a lot more time fishing together from now on.

David Scott, dedicated Murray cod man from Maryborough, spent a few solid days on the lake in mid-May, landing over 20 legals to 1.02m. Numerous others were from 70cm to 93cm.

While out fishing with David we came across a genuine fishing guru, Phil Keetelaar from Bendigo. Phil had nine magnificent redfin up to 1.4kg and had also landed seven cod for the morning. His trick was casting spinnerbaits and Doozers around the edges of the prolific weed beds.

To avoid missing out on the redfin action, I took the family out for a day in June. Thanks to some great advice from local George Jovanovic, we managed to bring home 14 great fish along with landing four legal cod. Both Cooper and Vanessa landed their PB cod, of 61 and 57cm respectively. The key to catching reddies was to fish small lures around the weeds. It didn’t matter what colour the lure was as long as it is was gold! We also spoke to Dave Radman, who had a massive day fishing with Ash Barber. Between them they landed 12 cod, two golden perch and two reddies for the day.

It’s anybody’s guess what the lake height will be in July as it is being drawn down for a couple of months, but we still can’t get a straight answer on how far. The good news is that it will back to its standard level come cod opening.

I still haven’t received any Murray cray reports but I expect this to change soon as a few more cold nights start to creep in.

David Scott with a 102cm Murray cod taken at Lake Mulwala in May. The lake has been fishing as well as ever.

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