Cod and redfin jump on the hook
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…..fantastic!