Welcome to the Murray Cod Fishing Guide Victoria. Murray Cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish. They can grow to 1.8 meters in length and over 60 kilos in weight. There a slow-growing fish that can live up to 50 years of age and have the scientific name of Maccullochella peeli. They have a very distinctive green spotted pattern over its head and body finished with an enormous opening mouth.

Murray Cod numbers have decreased rapidly in recent times which has enforced stronger limits and more cod stocking programs. This fish is generally targeted in areas such as Murray River, Goulburn River, Ovens River, Mulwala and Eildon. The Murray Cod catch limits are a minimum size of 55cm and maximum size of 75cm, with a daily bag limits River 1, Lake 2. Check Cod opening and closing dates which affects all waterways except for lake Eildon which is open all year round

How to catch Murray Cod

Murray Cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish that grows to impressive sizes. Cod are an ambush predator that love the cover of structure so make sure you concentrate your efforts on any visible structure including logs and submerged trees. They will also seek shelter in deeper holes and rock ledges. Cod are most active in low light conditions such as sunrise and sundown. A medium to heavy bait caster rod is ideal when targeting cod. This might be a stiff 6-foot rods in 6-10 kilo class matched with a suitable size bait caster reel spooled with 30lb to 50lb braid and equivalent fluorocarbon leader.

Good lure options for Murray Cod include hard body lures, surface lures, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, shads, lipless crankbaits, paddle tail and curtail soft plastics. These should be worked slowly or tolled from your boat or kayak if access is permitted. There are some amazing surface lures on the market these days including imitation mice, frogs, ducks, and snakes with realistic action that are fun to target cod with. Bait anglers can target Murray cod with live yabbies and worms.

Best Murray Cod baits

  • Live Yabbies
  • Scrub worms
  • Bardi Grubs
  • Cheese

Best Murray Cod lures

Best locations to catch Murray Cod

  • Murray River
  • Benalla Lake
  • Big Meran Lake
  • Booroopki Swamp
  • Boga Lake
  • Buffalo Lake
  • Cairn Curran Reservoir
  • Charlegrark Lake
  • Charm Lake
  • Cooper Lake
  • Cullulleraine Lake
  • Eildon Lake
  • Eppalock Lake
  • First Reedy Lake
  • Greens Lake
  • Harrietville Dredge Hole
  • Hume Lake
  • Kangaroo Lake
  • Kow Swamp
  • Laanecoorie Reservoir
  • Lascelles Lake
  • Moodemere Lake
  • Nagambie
  • Nillahcootie Lake
  • Numurkah Lake
  • Taylors Lake
  • Victoria Lake Shepparton
  • Walkers Lake
  • Waranga Basin


Rod and rig setup for Murray cod

Most anglers when targeting large freshwater fish will use a medium to heavy class bait caster rod. Generally, these are 6 foot rods quite stiff in 6-10 kilo class matched with a suitable size bait caster reel. These are also strong rod built for purposes like a Shimano T-Curve combined with a bait caster reel spooled with 20lb to 30lb braid and a 30lb to 40lb leader. A running sinker to a swivel then leader to a size 4/0 Mustad hook


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