Murray still trolling along
  |  First Published: August 2008

You wouldn’t think we were in Winter the way the weather has been lately: mild days with just the odd sprinkle of rain.

Anglers fishing the Edward River around Four Post Camp just south of Deniliquin have had excellent results on golden perch by casting spinnerbaits into the timbered areas. Red and black seem to be the colours of choice.

For the bait fishers, scrubworms have taken golden perch to over 1.2kg with the odd carp thrown in.

The Gulpa Creek has fired up, with yabbies the preferred bait. Cod up to 72cm and goldens to 49cm have been landed by those who have put in the effort.

The Edward around Picnic Point at Mathoura has rewarded lure casters with plenty of small cod and golden perch on small StumpJumpers and spinnerbaits .

The stretch of the Murray River around Barmah has produced a few fish with one cod around 1m. Apparently this fish was long and lean, with the profile of a ‘swimming pick handle’. Whether it had been a bit crook or old age had caught up with him remains unknown.

Downstream from the Goulburn Junction at Christies Beach, campers fishing off the sandbar with shrimp/worm cocktails have caught good-sized golden perch in the evenings.

Closer to town, spinnerbaits in various colours have helped one local angler catch and release numerous cod up to 55cm.

The Murray around the Benarca Forest area has fished reasonably well with lures and bait . Anything in black and white trolled slowly between 5.5m and 7.5m has been irresistible to cod of up to 78cm.

Grubs and large yabbies have accounted for a few smaller fish off the bank for those prepared to sit and wait .

Above Torrumbarry around the Headworks Road boat ramp, anglers trolling the outer bends have taken cod to 90cm. Again, red and black seems to be the favourite lure colour. The water is around 11.5oC. Switched-on anglers working small stretches of water and doing multiple passes have come up trumps.

Meanwhile, below the weir, Moama angler Jason Boal has been cleaning up on golden perch casting purple and black Bassman spinnerbaits. On a recent trip Jason caught a dozen goldens in a few hours, plus a cod just shy of 1m.

Anglers fishing the Campaspe River between Echuca and Rochester have taken small numbers of redfin. Walking the banks casting shallow-running Viking lures has done the trick.

Those targeting the reddies in the irrigation channels seem to be having better results.

The numbers of spiny crayfish in the area seems to be down compared with last season, possibly because Jack Frost has been a bit elusive so far or because the rivers have been worked pretty hard in recent times. The most productive areas have been around the Goulburn Junction, Five Mile Boat Ramp and Farleys Road. Best baits have been carp chunks, ox liver and ox hearts.

Local angler Carl Hippwell religiously fishes every Sunday with good success, his previous biggest cod being 65cm. All this changed a few weeks back when in the Gunbower area when he was casting a Jackall Doozer among the snags for a 114cm cod which was released after a few quick photos.

For more info on what’s biting in the Echuca/Moama area, drop in and see Justin at J.T’s Fishing and Camping, 16 Meninya St, Moama NSW (opposite the Border Inn Hotel), or call on 03 5480 3868.

Nathan Liersch with a winter cod taken on an AC Invader in the Murray River downstream from Echuca.

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