Fish­ing North East Vic­to­ria in sum­mer

North East Tourist News - - BEECHWORTH - By ROB­BIE ALEXAN­DER

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 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.

MUR­RAY COD 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.

YELLOWBELLY 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.

FAM­ILY FUN: in North East Vic­to­rian water­ways.

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