After the planned drawdown of Lake Mulwala to a minimum level of three percent, 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. Personally, I think it 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, only looking slightly parched by the few frost they did receive 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. For the day they landed 18 cod with two measuring over the magical mark of one metre. To the boys credit, the monsters were 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 when they landed six for the day measuring up to 66cms. Likewise, another Wagga based lure manufacturer Anthony Curtis from AC Lures was rewarded with near on the same result.
A couple of Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski staff John Fry and Joe Linehan made a few pilgrimages onto the lake with fish to 76cm being their reward. The most productive method has been trolling 90mm plus sized lures around the Yarrawonga end of the lake.
Mixed in with the cod have been consistent reports of good numbers of redfin being taken. These too have been taken on the troll with the use of smaller hard bodied lures, lipless crank baits and blades working a treat.
The local Murray cray season has proved to be a bit of a non event with very limited numbers being reported.
Anglers must keep in mind that from 1st September through to 30th November it will be closed season for Murray Cod. Also a reminder that fishing is totally banned from below the Yarrawonga Weir to down stream to the Tocumwal Bridge until 1st December.
The fishing competition season will soon be in full swing with many great events planned for Lake Mulwala.
Anyone looking for any 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: 1117