Survey finds more and bigger cod in Eildon

Survey results show the Murray cod being caught by anglers in Lake Eildon, Vic, are 18% bigger than in 2014 (image: Tim Pinter).

THE results of a Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) study are in and show that Lake Eildon’s Murray cod fishery is getting better and better.

In February this year, VFA and Arthur Rylah Institute researchers did a survey of Lake Eildon’s Murray cod population and caught 380 Murray cod to a whopping 123 cm or 32 kg (70 lb).

Now the numbers and sizes of Murray cod caught in that survey have been compared with the previous survey in 2014. The results show that the stocking of Lake Eildon with Murray cod has resulted in 81% more Murray cod for anglers to catch and that they are on average 18% larger than in 2014, including many trophy fish over 1 metre.

The survey also caught, tagged and release 125 Murray cod so that anglers can report recaptures and through citizen science, we can understand Murray cod growth and movement in lakes.

To read the full survey results and check out the photos of the fish caught in the survey, click HERE.

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