Ovens & Murray Advertiser
Cod fishing picks up
FINALLY we seem to be experiencing more routine summer temperatures.
It is still hot, but the extreme heat with consecutive days of over 40 degrees has slipped away for now.
This appears to have led to a slight improvement in the Murray cod fishing across the region.
In last week’s report I mentioned that the extreme heat had really put the breaks on the cod fishing locally.
Well, this week I am pleased to say that I have started receiving a few better reports as well as picking up a few fish myself.
The reports have not been outstanding like they were in December, but it is great to see a few cod being caught again.
My friend Tim Galley has caught a few Murray cod on both bait and surface lures right here in Wangaratta, while another friend Matt Thurling and his sons caught eight cod on bait in the lower Ovens River one evening last week with the largest being 53cm.
Late last week I ventured west to escape the smoke haze and went to Waranga Basin - but it didn’t work as it was still very smoky.
I managed to catch half a dozen small redfin in a couple of hours casting small Strike Tiger nymph soft plastics and a tiny lipless crankbait from the edge of the lake.
It was very hot, and wet wading provided a pleasant relief from the heat and picking up a few small redfin was just the icing on the cake.
A couple of weeks ago I caught a couple of small redfin with the exact same technique at Lake Hume, and one at Lake William Hovell, so the small reddies might be starting to fire in the local lakes.
This is one of my favourite forms of fishing.
Be sure to check road closures and current fire notifications before heading up to Lake Buffalo and William Hovell though as roads have been opening and closing a lot in those areas due to the bushfire danger.