Fishing North East Victoria in summer
SUMMER is a great time to fish right across North East Victoria. The Murray cod season opens on December 1 and remains open right through until the end of August next year.
Trout fishing will be quite limited this summer. It’s been a tough spring after last year’s terrible heatwave took its toll on many waterways. This summer the small rural streams will be worth avoiding. Your best bet is to head high into the mountains in search of the cooler water streams with reliable flows.
Summer is all about Murray cod fishing in North East Victoria. Lower reaches of the Ovens, King, Broken, Kiewa, Mitta Mitta, Murray and Goulburn Rivers all have decent numbers of Murray cod, as well as many of their tributaries. Bardi grubs are the best bait for larger cod, however, worms catch the most cod although they are usually smaller. Surface lures and spinnerbaits are also very effective right across the region.
The Broken and Goulburn River catchments are the best places in North East Victoria to target yellowbelly during summer. The Broken Creek also gets stocked regularly with yellowbelly, and Lake Nillahcootie is the standout lake in the region to target yellowbelly by both boat and land based. A paternoster rig baited with either a live shrimp, or bunch of garden worms is deadly on yellowbelly, so too are lipless crank bait lures and small spinnerbaits. If you’re heading to North East Victoria over summer, enjoy your fishing and remember to play by the rules with regards to licences, size and bag limits etc.
PROUD MOMENT: Jack Rufford-Sharpe with a small Murray cod caught after sunset in the Broken River on a bunch of garden worms dug from Jack’s garden.