Mulwala awaits a rise
  |  First Published: July 2009

All through June Lake Mulwala was departing at a rapid rate. With the planned draw down in full swing, it was only going to be a matter of time until the lake became unfishable due to not being able to get a boat on it.

A group of local businesses banded together to fund earthwork extensions to the Yacht Club ramp to allow fishing to continue. This will prove to be a godsend, with all anglers making the trip to Mulwala now having a great launching place. Thanks goes to the Mulwala Water Ski Club, Phil Smith’s Boat Hire and Lake Mulwala Fish Camp and Ski for funding this project.

Various groups travelled from far and wide to brave the cold but with their efforts came rewards. The best I heard of were half a dozen young fellas from Wagga who over three days managed 31 Murray cod, with an amazing 26 over 60cm.

Dean Stanbrook’s best fish measured 96cm while Elliot Woo, Steel Willis and Luke Gaffney all caught good fish in the 80cm range, mostly on Big Mongs and large ACs.

David Scott and Charles Swanton spent an afternoon casting Bassman spinnerbaits into some back lagoons when the lake was receding and were rewarded with 52 cod and two redfin. Amazingly, despite numerous double hook-ups and fish caught on consecutive casts, only one fish was of the legal 60cm.

I had a few trips out with some very pleasing results. The most memorable was with a customer tripping around Australia with his family, Mick Vasica. On a very windy morning I was lucky enough to put Mick and his daughter, Brianna, 10, onto six good redfin. To see the smile on Brianna’s face after catching her first ever fish was priceless and likewise to see Mick who was so happy for her.

Mick later invested in some new fishing gear and that afternoon caught a great kilo redfin on his very first cast. Lures of choice for the reddies were 60mm Viking Talismans and Koolabung Blades. Mick gave me a split cane rod and red cedar reel from the 1920s as thanks and they are now on display above the counter in our store.

Good friend Ted Barber from the Mitta Crew brought a few mates over and their arrival coincided with the best fishing I have ever seen in the lake. In just over two hours we managed eight cod and three redfin to 63cm.

Cray season is well under way but reports of decent returns have been scarce. Most anglers have been coming across a few but there haven’t been many taking home their bag limit of five.

The lake is likely to begin refilling in mid to late July. Apparently it will be kept at around 95% this season, approximately 100mm higher than the 2008-09 season.

The best website I have found for water levels belongs to Goulburn Murray Water. Google GM Water and have a look at Yarrawonga Weir.

The lake will become fishable again once the water levels reach approximately 20%.

For any more info give either Vanessa or myself a call at Lake Mulwala Fish Camp and Ski a call on 0357441667.

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