Lake Eildon cod fishery in great shape: Survey

LAKE Eildon’s Murray cod fishery is in sensational shape, according to researchers from the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA).

More than 300 Murray cod were caught, measured, weighed and released this week as part of a fish population survey of this amazing cod fishery.

Murray cod ranged from newly stocked 3 cm fish to trophy specimens over a metre, including an 111 cm 30 kg (70 pound) monster.

The study, conducted by Arthur Rylah Institute researchers and our fisheries managers, is all about understanding how record fish stocking has benefited the lake’s Murray cod population.

The work also included an electrofishing demonstration where fishers got to see and hear about the research techniques first-hand, and check out some HUGE Murray cod.

While all the results are currently being compiled and will be made available shortly, the preliminary findings suggest there are more fish and bigger Murray cod present, which means anglers have a good chance at that trophy fish of a lifetime.

All the Murray cod caught in the survey over 35 cm were tagged and released. The VFA is keen to receive tag-capture reports so they can all learn more about their growth and movement in the lake.

Further good news was the survey also found good numbers of golden perch, with over 50 caught and released up to 4 kg. 

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