As the lake was filling in early Spring, fish were on the chew. Whether it was the rising water, feeding up before spawning or fish protecting their old or new-found home snags, they were willing to attack lures with gusto.
The best fish reported for the month before the cod season came to an end came from Craig Barber, who trolled up a monster measuring 116cm around the Majors Creek area on a 120mm AC Invader in the carp colour.
Yarrawonga boys Rohan Stephens and Luke Cruikshank had a rewarding afternoon, picking up five quality cod with the best 86cm and the rest mostly between 50cm and 60cm.
As the month drew on, the lake filled and the water temperature dropped. Those trolling found fish hard to come by but at the other end of the scale, bait anglers reported some great results.
New Yarrawonga residents Alex and Jodie fished from several land-based spots around Mulwala and had a great few days, landing 14 cod with Jodie’s 76cm specimen the pick of the bunch.
Len Holden from Wangaratta spent a few days camping and made several trips to our store looking for bait, with grubs his preferred option. Len landed numerous cod off the foreshore at Shoreline Caravan Park.
Doug McQueen from Geelong fished the river below the weir. His timing was impeccable as the fish decided to play the game and he and a few of his friends landing five legal fish over two days, including Doug’s PB of 78cm.
The redfin in Lake Mulwala have continued to fish well and are now a viable option 12 months of the year.
The best method is trolling small hardbodied lures, lipless crankbaits or blades. The reddies can be found all over the lake but the town end around the weed beds seems to be the most productive.
Remember, October and November is prime golden perch time at Mulwala with reasonable bags being expected.
Be mindful of what is legal and don’t abuse how good the fishing can be at times. Remember, it is closed season for cod so try to avoid capturing them. Downsizing lures and fishing in water with a reasonable current should hold you in good stead.
And all waters below the Yarrawonga Weir downstream to the Tocumwal traffic bridge are totally closed to all forms of fishing between September 1 and November 30. This takes in the Cobram area so be aware where you are fishing and do the right thing.
If you do happen to see anything illegal, give Fisheries a call on 1800 043 536. Fisheries must be congratulated on a recent bust made on Lake Mulwala of some fool who was in possession of gill nets.
I know Fisheries officers cover a huge area with limited resources and cop a bagging for not being seen as often as they should, but if we can help by being their eyes and ears, it can only assist.
The competition season will soon be in full swing with many great events planned for Lake Mulwala. Anyone looking for info on the The Golden Dollar$, Cod Classic, Da$h 4 Ca$h or His & Hers Partners Classic can give me a call on 0357 441667, check out www.codclassic.com.au or call in to see us at Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski, opposite the post office in Mulwala.Reads: 2211