Backwaters best for goldens
  |  First Published: November 2008

The golden perch have been about, but not in the sort of numbers that would warrant making a hasty trip to Mulwala.

A few persistent locals have battled on through with limited success. Trev, George, Ollie, Joe and Jamie all put in the time, with a few feeds of redfin being their main reward.

The odd by-catch of cod to 60cm was taken among these fish – and safely released, of course.

At the end of September, a few more goldens started to pop their heads up with the pick of the bunch caught by Ollie on a cast spinnerbait. His golden measured a whopping 58cm, the biggest I have heard of from here for a long time.

Unfortunately he was fishing on his own and has only average pictures of it from his phone.

With the start of irrigation season producing increased movement of water through the lake and the ever-warming weather raising water temperatures, bait and lure fishos should find golden perch a lot more prevalent.

Places to look for are timber and snags in faster flowing water, or out in shallower water up to 2m deep.

Here you will find the goldens hunting for a feed and this gives the land-based anglers the best chance of catching a few.

Those who get out of town and cast smaller lures around the weirs and drops should be starting to get results on goldens.

A few of the boys have found a couple of little backwater lagoons that are producing fish – but sharing their locations with readers is not in the best interest of my health.

There’s not long to go now until cod season is upon us again (December 1).

Take this opportunity to prepare yourself for the battles that may await you. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!

Keep in mind that next time you can chase cod in Lake Mulwala the minimum legal size will be 60cm.

The fishing competition season is getting close with many great events planed for Lake Mulwala.

Anyone looking for info on the Yamaha Cod Classic on December 6/7, Yarrawonga Mulwala Xmas Engel Fish-a-rama on December 30, Golden Dollar$ on January 10, Lowrance Da$h 4 Ca$h on February 21/22, or the His & Hers Partners Classic on March 21 can call me on 03 5744 1667 or visit www.codclassic.com.au .

Jamie Roberts with a 42cm golden perch taken casting lures in a small backwater lagoon. Golden perch should become a lot more prevalent in November.

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