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
August 2022 Fishing Report Locations ▼
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 ▼
|Irrigation Channels||1||Irrigation Channels|
|Broken River||6||Broken River|
|Broken River,Vic||3||Broken River,Vic|
|Lake Mulwala, NSW||7||Lake Mulwala, NSW|
|Lake Eildon,Vic||3||Lake Eildon,Vic|
|Moama, NSW||1||Moama, NSW|
|Murchison, Vic||2||Murchison, Vic|
|Irrigation Channels Shepparton, Vic||1||Irrigation Channels Shepparton, Vic|
|Lake Eildon||9||Lake Eildon|
|Lake Nagambie||2||Lake Nagambie|
|Big Rivr Arm Lake Eildon||1||Big Rivr Arm Lake Eildon|
|Delatite Arm Lake Eildon||2||Delatite Arm Lake Eildon|
August 2022 Lure Reports Year To Date ▼
|Bassman Aussie Crawler||2|
|Single Blade Old Mate||1|
|Stump Jumper – Tree Frog Color||1|
|Big Jackal Swim Baits|
|Bait Sanity Swim Baits|
August 2022 Bait Reports YTD ▼
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.
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Recommended Murray Cod Rigs
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.