Go for crays or go crazy! They’re the alternatives available in, above and below Lake Mulwala at present.
With some genuine Winter weather setting in, fishing has been tough at best. Most anglers have returned home with frostbitten pinkies and cold snouts without having pulled a scale.
In Spring we will see the return of the natives but until then, we can but live in hope.
For those looking to have a crack at the Murray crayfish, get in quick because the season has little over a month to go.
For the diehards keen on targeting cod, trolling larger hardbodies in the deeper lake sections – above Majors Creek up to Bundalong and throughout the lower reaches of the Ovens River – would put you in with the best chance.
Redfin have been few and far between but if they are going to turn up, this is the time you will find them. Best bet would be to troll smaller hardbodies and lipless crankbaits in the shallower water around weed beds off the edges of the main channels.
The Queen’s Birthday weekend produced the traditional influx of folks on their annual cray expeditions. As usual, the standard report was ‘you could walk across the river on the floats’.
Most went home happy with the chance to get the taste of a couple of spiky critters, and spending time with family and friends around a campfire was a bonus.
Phil Beasley and Brad Pepper from Albury got lucky with fish and crays. They spent the weekend with a spot of fishing between checking pots, catching about 140 crays with 11 over the legal 9cm.
Brad caught his PB cod of 62cm while Phil landed a beauty of 74cm, both on Bassman Mumblers.
Keen Wangaratta angler Adam Bosley spent a crisp afternoon casting spinnerbaits in shallower water with the reward of four nice cod measuring to 64cm.
Local boys Dean Goodsell and Kev Brooks took a trip to Robinvale in search of a genuine Murray monster. Not to be deterred by a good 25mm of rain and near-blizzard conditions, they continued to fish.
After dropping a couple of fish, Dean’s Bassman Mumbler came up tight on a great specimen that measured 105cm. Persistence does pay off.
It’s time to start planning your fishing calendar for the upcoming season. For information on the Golden Dollar$, Cod Classic, Da$h 4 Ca$h, His & Hers Partners Classic or Cod Nationals, call me on 03 5744 1667 or call in at Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski, Yarrawonga.
Phil Beasley scored this 74cm cod in between tending Murray cray pots.Reads: 5777