After the planned drawdown of Lake Mulwala to a minimum of 3%, water came pouring back in slightly earlier than expected, making it fishable again.
What effect the low levels will have on the weed is anybody’s guess. I think this is something we’re going to have to get used to for a long time to come.
To see long stands of weed slowly waving in the water, still connected to the bottom, but looking slightly parched by a few frosts they received, tells me lowering the lake is not going to solve the problem.
From a fishing perspective, the lake has not fished better for many years but fishing methods and areas targeted will have to be somewhat revised.
The first crew to return with a positive report was George Jovanovic and Peter Collins, who had a massive day out. They landed 18 cod, with two over the magical metre, both released.
Graeme and Wendy Clark from Legend Lures in Wagga made the trip to Mulwala on hearing about the active fish and were not disappointed. They landed six for the day to 66cm.
Another Wagga-based lure manufacturer, Anthony Curtis from AC Lures, was rewarded similarly.
A couple of Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski staff, John Fry and Joe Linehan, nabbed fish to 76cm.
The most productive method has been trolling 90mm-plus lures around the Yarrawonga end.
Mixed in with the cod have been consistent numbers of redfin, taken on trolled diving minnows, lipless crankbaits and blades.
The local Murray cray season has proven a bit of a non-event, with very limited numbers reported.
Remember, from September 1 to November 30 is closed season for Murray cod.
And also bear in mind that fishing is banned from below the Yarrawonga Weir downstream to the Tocumwal bridge until December 1.
The fishing competition season will soon be in full swing with many great events planned for Lake Mulwala.
Anyone looking for info on the Golden Dollar$, Cod Classic, Da$h 4 Ca$h or His & Hers Partners Classic can call me on 03 5744 1667, visit www.codclassic.com.au or see us at Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski, opposite the Mulwala post office.Reads: 1622