Work Needed for Quality Cod
  |  First Published: June 2010

Reports are scattered with only a few lucky enough to tackle a decent Mulwala monster.

Mark Vassallo was one who was lucky enough to come up with a beauty. After joining in the craze and purchasing a Whopper Stopper by Dekoy Lures, Mark put it to work in the deep water around Bundalong.

As you guessed, Marks lure was stopped in its tracks by a fish that measured spot on the magical 1m mark.

Many clubs and groups have recently been descending on Mulwala for their annual outings. Crews from Wagga (The lovely Rene Van Delft cleaned up the Wagga crew with a 68cm Cod) Bendigo, Wantirna plus numerous other locations all reported very tough fishing. Be it moon phase, weather or barometer, something has given the cod lock jaw.

Kevin Brooks (aka the Barooga Guru) was the next to feel the power of a good cod. Trolling a 90mm AC Invader it was gobbled up by a very healthy 85cm model whilst fishing around the bridges. This fish had probably seen a 1000 lures in it’s time but was lucky enough to grab hold of a lure that only saw him photographed a couple of times and then released to fight another day.

The highlight of the month came from young 7-year-old Logan Stephens. Logan was fishing with his dad Rohan and family friend Luke when Luke’s rod received a good hit. Not thinking this fish was too big, the boys let Logan reel it in. Logan struggled to pull the fish in but in no time at all, a 96cm tank had surfaced beside the boat.

After a few quick happy snaps Logan’s fish was released. Hopefully he can tangle with it again in years to come.

Cray Season

Cray season is well upon us with some good reports. Deano Langford and crew spent a weekend camped up the top end of the lake bringing home a good feed between them. Working their pots regularly and a good supply of fresh bait was their secret.

While on the crays, numerous bait fishos have been landing them via fishing rod, at the same time others have been losing their baits to the pesky pickers. A great product that will save your bait is the Bait Protection Sock from Bennett Creations (formerly SMH Angling Solutions).


I believe the upcoming month will continue to produce some quality fish but plenty of work will be needed to get results. Trolling larger 100mm+ lures in the deeper parts of the lake and old riverbed such as Koolabungs, ACs, Custom Crafts, Muldoons and Dekoys will see you in with the best chance.

Redfin have been a prime winter species over the past couple of years but this season have only been a mere by-catch. The lake’s water level will remain high through the winter with no plans for a draw down this year.

For up to date fishing information call in and see us at Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski, 74 Melbourne St Mulwala (opposite Post Office) or give us a call on 03 5744 3133.

Mark Vassallo with a 1m cod caught on a Dekoy Whopper Stopper Lure.

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