The warmer weather has started to attract fishing fanatics, keen to explore the creeks off the Murray River in search of yellow belly, silver perch and trout cod.By Randall Johnston
The warmer weather has started to attract fishing fanatics, keen to explore the creeks off the Murray River in search of yellow belly, silver perch and trout cod.
Cobram Outdoors owner Sam Kennedy said although the Murray cod was off limits until December 1, there was still plenty of good fishing to be had.
‘‘People really are best to come here before Christmas to do their fishing and camping and beat the rush,’’ he said.
‘‘I have fished the river since I was two years old and the last two seasons have been the best in the last 35 years.’’
He said with the river level high at the moment, all the creeks on the Victorian side were flowing freely including Scott’s Creek, Shiers Lagoon, Dicks Creek, Chinaman’s Creek, Dufty’s Creek and Sharps Lagoon and Cobrawonga Lagoon.
‘‘They are all good for fishing and reasonably easy to access, you do need a Victorian fishing licence to fish in the creeks here,’’ Mr Kennedy said.
‘‘Some of the access roads can be closed if the river is too high, but you can always just walk in.
‘‘It’s great (having the river so high), it triggers the fish to move and they move into the creek system to spawn.’’
He said this was actually a normal river level for this time of the year, saying for the past five years it had been abnormally low.
Although more people were starting to use the river, the increased interest in fishing was linked to the end of the football season, with locals and visitors hanging up their AFL supporters’ scarves and reaching for the fishing rod.
Mr Kennedy estimates that a third of all Cobram fishing fanatics were also trout fishers, but some travel was required as the closest spot is Lake Eildon.
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