Still catching cod on surface lures
  |  First Published: July 2017

The colder months are well and truly here now and with temperatures getting down to -5°C in the first couple of days of winter last month, bigger Murray cod are on the move.

Local rivers have been fishing well lately. After receiving little bits of rain in previous weeks, both the Beardy and Severn rivers have had time to settle. They’ve cleared up with a nice flow. Remember that the Beardy River remains closed for the trout breeding season and will reopen around the October long weekend.

If fishing this area, the Severn River would be the place to be with some nice fish being caught at the moment. Surface lures of any type are always productive in this waterway. Using spinnerbaits around the lead up to the full moon has produced more quality fish recently.

This time of year is well known for producing fish of good quality, however it can also mean extra casts and longer times between bites. Having a range of big lures and slowing down your retrieves will definitely increase your chances whether you’re fishing the rivers or local impoundments.

Pindari Dam has also had time to settle after little rainfalls and is just starting to make its way down again after sitting around the 100% mark and even higher over the past few months. The dam was recently around the mid 90s mark and still falling.

The fishing action seemed to slow down over the last month. As water temperatures start to stabilise it should pick up again pretty quickly. There have still been some nice cod up to the 70cm mark and even the odd bigger one being caught off the surface. There haven’t been too many golden perch or silver perch catches lately.

The winter cod craze has started at Copeton Dam with fishers travelling from all over the country to get their hands on the prized giant Murray cod. There have been plenty of reports of big Murray cod being taken on the surface during early mornings on a mixture of wakebait and paddler type lures. A lot of nice cod have been taken on swimbaits throughout the day.

Unfortunately, there have also been reports of plenty of boats getting around with no navigation lights, which is dangerous for other boaters as well. Please be responsible and do the right thing on the water.

Tight lines and frozen guides.

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