Cod and redfin jump on the hook

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Gone Fishing - with ROB ALEXAN­DER, Wan­garatta

THERE’S been a shift in my fish­ing re­port this week, and would you be­lieve it is an im­prove­ment. I have re­ceived more fish­ing re­ports this week than in re­cent weeks. Is this pos­si­bly the best April we have ex­pe­ri­enced for fish­ing in North East Vic­to­ria?

As with the last few weeks the Mur­ray cod re­ports have been quite hit and miss. Brett Corker and I fished five min­utes from Wan­garatta last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon and landed four cod be­tween us, com­pris­ing of three Mur­ray cod and one trout cod. One of Brett’s cod was a beau­ti­ful 60cm model. Three of the cod were caught on spin­ner­baits and one was caught on a deep div­ing hard body lure.

I have had nu­mer­ous re­ports of great trout fish­ing from around the re­gion in a num­ber of smaller creeks and rivers. Morses Creek at Wandiligong has been red hot with a very healthy pop­u­la­tion of mostly small trout. Small div­ing min­nows have been catch­ing plenty of fish and one re­port was of 12 trout caught near Har­ri­etville in the Ovens River on black bead headed nymphs.

My friend Kim caught and re- leased a mag­nif­i­cent 75cm Mur­ray cod at Lake Nil­lah­cootie dur­ing the week. The crazy yel­low­belly fish­ing from last month has slowed down a lit­tle up there al­though a few have still been get­ting caught.

This week I have started re­ceiv­ing fan­tas­tic re­ports of redfin be­ing caught at Lake Eil­don and also at Lake Buf­falo. While both lakes have pro­duced de­cent sized redfin, plenty big enough for the ta­ble, it is Lake Eil­don that has been pro­duc­ing mon­sters up to 49cm. In both lakes yab­bies and worms have de­liv­ered re­sults.

Usu­ally this is the time of year when things have re­ally started slow­ing down, but this year, pos­si­bly due to the dry and mild con­di­tions the fan­tas­tic fish­ing re­mains ahhh…­tas­tic!

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