Murray cod biting at Lake Eildon
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...
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