Australia’s Favourite Freshwater Fish. The Murray Cod.

Murray Cod Season: Closed – 1 September to 30 November inclusive. Lake Eildon and the waters south of the Great Dividing Range are open year-round, except in the Yarra River.

Getfished records Murray Cod fishing reports whenever possible. Including how and where they are biting.

Scientific Name: Maccullochella peelii

Murray Cod Fishing Reports from around regional Victoria and the Melbourne Metro area.


August 2022 Fishing Report Locations

We record the number of catches of each species when we prepare our Murray Cod fishing reports. All Getfished Murray Cod Fishing Reports are aggregated from multiple resources. Including dedicated submitted fishing reports, Youtube videos, and more.
Top Spots: Irrigation Channels, Toolamba, Broken River, Broken River,Vic, Toolamba,Vic, Shepparton,Vic, Lake Mulwala, NSW, Aracadia,Vic, Bunbartha,Vic, Lake Eildon,Vic, Moama, NSW, Murchison, Vic, Irrigation Channels Shepparton, Vic, Torrumbarry,Vic, Lake Eildon, Lake Nagambie, Big Rivr Arm Lake Eildon, Delatite Arm Lake Eildon

August 2022 Year To Date Reports

Locations Qty Title
Irrigation Channels1Irrigation Channels
Toolamba4Toolamba
Broken River6Broken River
Broken River,Vic3Broken River,Vic
Toolamba,Vic2Toolamba,Vic
Shepparton,Vic2Shepparton,Vic
Lake Mulwala, NSW7Lake Mulwala, NSW
Aracadia,Vic1Aracadia,Vic
Bunbartha,Vic1Bunbartha,Vic
Lake Eildon,Vic3Lake Eildon,Vic
Moama, NSW1Moama, NSW
Murchison, Vic2Murchison, Vic
Irrigation Channels Shepparton, Vic1Irrigation Channels Shepparton, Vic
Torrumbarry,Vic1Torrumbarry,Vic
Lake Eildon9Lake Eildon
Lake Nagambie2Lake Nagambie
Big Rivr Arm Lake Eildon1Big Rivr Arm Lake Eildon
Delatite Arm Lake Eildon2Delatite Arm Lake Eildon

August 2022 Lure Reports Year To Date

LureQty
Zx40 blade1
Codger2
Old Mate2
Bassman Aussie Crawler2
Jackal Pompadour1
Single Blade Old Mate1
Balista Hunchbacks1
Spinners6
Swim Bait1
Bassman Shorties1
Stump Jumper2
Tassie Devils1
Small Divers1
Stump Jumper – Tree Frog Color1
Magdrafts1
Tremors1
Big Jackal Swim Baits
Bait Sanity Swim Baits

August 2022 Bait Reports YTD

BaitQty
Cheese3
Earthworms1
Chicken3
Scrub Worms3
Chicken Liver2

Murray Cod are the most sought-after freshwater fish species, by recreational anglers, in Victoria.

For good reason!  Larger specimens are fantastic fighting fish. 

This species is again on the rise. Thanks to the efforts of the Department of Fisheries hatcheries and restocking programs. As well as the efforts of Recreational anglers in catch and release and limited bagging by adhering to size and catch limits.Victorian 

Murray Cod Season: Murray Cod Season: Closed – 1 September to 30 November inclusive. Lake Eildon and the waters south of the Great Dividing Range are open year-round, except for the Yarra River.

Murray Cod fishing reports largely come from regional Victoria & NSW. 

Places near the Murray River.  The Ovens and Goulburn Rivers. 

Lake Eildon and Lake Nagambie.

While Murray Cod can be found in waters like the Yarra River (upstream from Eltham) these catches are not as common.


Murray Cod Fishing Report Videos


When I first started Murray Cod fishing I pretty much only used bait. Fast forward several decades. Nowadays I pretty much use lures.

The famous Stump Jumper range is my favourite. Colour #10’s Green and Red combo seems to work well.

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However, Murray Cod also take soft plastics. Recently there’s a whole range of Cod soft plastic lures. Incredible stuff like Budgie replicas. Snake and Lizard replicas. All appeared in the last few years. All seem to take good-sized Murray Cod.

Of course, while I said I mostly fish for cod using lures. The fact is there are times I like to spend a warm night on the banks of the Murray River or Goulburn River and sip a beer. That’s when I still engage in some Murray Cod bait fishing.

If you’re bait fishing Scrubworms, Bardi Grubs and Yabbies are great baits.

In 2022 effective Murray Cod baits have included: Cheese, Earthworms, Chicken, Scrub Worms, Chicken Liver.

However, a lot of folks swear by cheese and even chicken. The best cheese is the stronger (or even stinkier) varieties.

I recommend hook sizes ranging from 3/0 to 10/0, with the medium size of 6/0 being popular. In rivers use as much weight for a sinker as you need to keep the bait down. On impoundments and lakes fish as light as you can.

A 30lb fluorocarbon leader is common, matched with a 20lb braid. Some fishos, like Robbie Alexander, do well with no leader, fishing with strait fluorocarbon etc.

Running sinkers are popular rigs when bait fishing. Either with one hook or a paternoster rig beneath the sinker (less common.) Choose your sinker weight to match the current, but keep it as light as you possibly can (some fishos use no sinker, but the water current doesn’t always make this practical.)

I also use some of the great yabbie scents that are available now. Both by rubbing it onto bait and lures. Particularly soft plastics.