A FEW times lately I have mentioned that the Murray cod fishing will be hot and cold at this time of the year in the Wangaratta area.
Well this week I backed that up with three evening fishing sessions chasing Murray cod locally.
The first session I fished for three hours and caught five Murray cod, all around the 45-55cm size - the fishing was mad,
Since that evening I have been out twice and have not had a touch.
This is the typical autumn Murray cod fishing in North East Victoria that I have been talking about recently, and will continue for the next six weeks or so.
During the week my dad Terry Alexander and a fishing mate went to Lake Nillahcootie and had an amaz- ing session chasing yellowbelly.
Most of their fish were caught on live shrimp, with small yabbies being ignored by the yellowbelly.
Dad said that they thought they were going to go home fishless as they had caught nothing for quite a while.
They kept moving around until they found a school of yellowbelly and then the fishing was red hot.
I have had a few reports of trout being caught in several streams around the region.
The water is very low in a lot of the smaller creeks, and some have even dried up.
As many anglers are not keen to surrender the location of their catches, I have no idea where they have been caught.
One thing that I do know is that the trout have been caught locally, the water is cooling and any stream that does have trout in it will be worth fishing at the moment provided the stream has a decent flow of water.
The streams that are just trickling will have trout sitting at the bottom of the deep holes sulking, waiting for autumn rain to come and deliver fresh water before they go on a feeding frenzy.
CHAMPION EFFORT: Young fishing legend James Thewlis caught this magnificent Murray cod on a pink and silver home made spinnerbait at Lake Mulwala recently.