Mur­ray cod bit­ing at Lake Eil­don

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

BY ROB ALEXAN­DER, WAN­GARATTA

THANK­FULLY the last two cold fronts have failed to de­liver too much in the way of rain.

What this means for us fish­er­men and women is that the Ovens River here in Wan­garatta is al­most at a fish­able level.

It is still very high, and a bit dirty, but on the whole the wa­ter has cleared quite a bit and dropped to a level where there are now a few calm back­wa­ters form­ing, wor­thy of a well pre­sented bunch of gar­den worms.

On Sun­day af­ter­noon I had a quick fish­ing ses­sion in my favourite spot in Wan­garatta when the river is high, and that is the big calm back­wa­ter be­hind the show­grounds.

I had a few bites that failed to hook up.

One bite was a rip­per, a de­cent fish for sure, but as I charged out of my fold up chair like a man pos­sessed, with my eyes on my rod, I tripped over my crazy dog and went belly up in the mud.

Thank­fully there was no­body watch­ing.

I’m pretty sure the fish all swam away laugh­ing while my dog, Jaffa, got the big­gest fright.

Lake Eil­don has been fish­ing very well for Mur­ray cod.

I have had quite a few re­ports and seen quite a lot of pho­tos over the last week.

In fact, I am see­ing more pho­tos of Mur­ray cod com­ing from Lake Eil­don GREAT CATCH: Char­lie Mer­tadana with a mag­nif­i­cent 75cm Mur­ray cod he caught in Lake Eil­don last week. I have seen video footage of this fish be­ing landed, and the ex­cite­ment in Char­lie’s voice re­ally cap­tures what fish­ing is all about. Well done Char­lie.

now than of yel­low­belly, which the lake is well known for.

My young friend Char­lie Mer­tadana landed a mag­nif­i­cent 75cm Mur­ray cod in Lake Eil­don last week.

The lake is the only place in Vic­to­ria where you can keep Mur­ray cod dur­ing the cur­rent closed sea­son.

Lake Wil­liam Hovell has been pro­duc­ing a few trout, but not huge num­bers.

The cou­ple of peo­ple I have spo­ken to both caught two trout each, and both caught their fish trolling in the morn­ing, and with Tas­ma­nian Devil lures……and no, they weren’t fish­ing from the same boat. Send in your fish­ing pho­tos along with your name, con­tact num­ber, size and type of fish and where you caught it to...

kwil­son@ ne­me­dia.com.au Phone: 03 5723 0135

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