Murray Cod local fish species facts and Limits. Murray Cod is Australia’s largest fresh water fish. They can reach up to 60 kg in weight and well over a meter in size. They have 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 target6ed in areas such as Murray river, Goulbourn River, Ovens river, Mulwala and Eildon

Scientific name:

Maccullochella peeli

Size & limits: 

Min 55cm Max 75cm, daily bag limits River 1, Lake 2. Murray cod is the biggest fresh water fish in Australia. It can grow to 1.8 meters in length and over 60 kilos. There a slow growing fish that can live up to 50 years of age

Bait Recommendations:

Yabbies, Bardi Grubs, Cheese & Scrub worms

Lure Recommendations:

Spinnerbaits, Large soft plastics, Stumper Jumpers in a range of colors and sizes are very hard to beat


Cast spinner baits, hard bodies and soft plastics in snag areas and structure and retrieve slowly. Then hold on.

Rod/Rig setup:

A strong rod built for purpose like a Shimano T-Curve combined with a baitcaster 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

Best times:

Check Cod opening and closing dates which effects all waterways except for lake Eildon which is open all year round