Easter has always been a pretty special time for anglers around these parts.
It’s a great time to fish. The ambient temperature is starting to moderate a little, as is the water temperature too.
Our inland native fish certainly seem to have a penchant for this mini-holiday season too, biting that little bit better and often in better numbers. It’s a great time to be out and about in the Mildura region.
The general consensus is that the fishing has been fairly tough. I couldn’t agree more, with my trips being good fun, but compared to earlier months a little unfulfilling on the fish side.
The water temperature is finally starting to cool a little, but it has remained up around that 30C mark, so if you’re not out early in the morning or late in the afternoon, you’re in for a quiet day.
The Nangiloc and Colignan areas have been excellent destinations for bait anglers.
Anglers fishing from the shore have been taking some decent Murray cod using cheese baits. Many of these fish are in the sub 60cm size range so they have to be returned to the water.
While it’s sometimes frustrating trying to get a keeper (for those that eat Murray cod), it’s fantastic to see the river alive with cod nurseries such as these.
Joel Davey and I recently spent a day exploring the Robinvale area. We found some great fish holding water but sadly our trolled Oargees, ACs and Old Codgers were largely ignored by the local inhabitants.
Past experience tells me that it can often take a trip or three (sometimes more) to work a new spot out and start connecting with a fish or two, so I’m looking forward to the return trip.
The Mildura Weir and the areas around Lock Island are proving to be some of the more reliable and productive fishing areas in these tough fishing times.
Anglers casting and retrieving a variety of blades and bibless rattlers are catching some good-sized golden perch. Trolled lures such as the Custom Crafted Hammerhead and 60mm Oargee Plow are also accounting for golden perch, as well as the occasional Murray cod.
The areas from Apex Park through to the back of the Speedway are also yielding a few golden perch to anglers trolling lures, or bait fishing with worms, yabbies or shrimp.
Further downstream towards Merbein there have also been some good captures around the weed beds, with one local angler taking five golden perch and a Murray cod twitching a fly in and around the weed bed edges.
With weather and water temperatures moderating, now is the time to get those Murray cod lures out and really start plugging way for the big, old, green fish.
In the fullness of the day I recommend getting deep divers such as the 100mm Oargee, larger AC Lures and Deep Custom Crafted lures down near the bottom of those 30ft Murray River holes.
In the early mornings or late in the afternoons, don’t be scared to move closer to the shallower edges, but predominantly down deep is where it’s at.
That’s it for this month. I’m very happy to get your feedback. Please email me at --e-mail address hidden-- with “fishing” in the title, if you’d like to submit a report or a digital photograph of your capture. I’m also happy to field any fishing related enquiries you may have, send ‘em through and I’ll do my best!Reads: 4261