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Back to nature

If you love fishing – from a boat or from the bank – you’ll find plenty of spots where you can throw in a line and enjoy nature at its very best North of the Murray. Get back to what matters, with picturesque landscapes, fresh country air, and the chance to land that Murray Cod you’ve always dreamed of.

Base yourself in Corowa, Mulwala, Howlong or Urana, drop in on the friendly staff at one of the local businesses that stock fishing supplies. They will be sure to share some secret fishing spots. While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up your NSW fishing licence, which is required for the Murray River and Lake Mulwala.

Catch of the day

The legendary Murray Cod is the undisputed king of The Murray and the largest purely freshwater fish in the country. Capable of growing to more than one metre in length and upwards of 25kg at full maturity, they are a legendary sporting fish providing a great challenge for even experienced anglers.

Golden Perch or Yellowbelly are another prized freshwater species often growing beyond 50cm and 5kg. Redfin or English Perch are an introduced species, easily identified by the prominent red pectoral fins and spined dorsal fin along their back. Because it was introduced, Redfin is listed as a pest (not to be returned to the water). As a sportfish they punch well beyond their weight and offer excellent eating.

The Murray Crayfish are the second largest freshwater crayfish in the world and can be found in the Murray River near Corowa . They are considered a delicacy and as such have been subject to severe over-fishing. They’re a welcome catch for the winter angler, but do be aware of bag limits and other regulations.

Other fish may be caught in and around the region but are undoubtedly less common. Species include Silver Perch, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and the very rare and endangered Trout Cod.

The dreaded European Carp is unfortunately a common catch across our region. They are classified as a noxious pest, and if caught cannot be returned to the water. Their pest status aside, they are relatively easy to catch and can provide good sport and fun for the kids, though being bottom feeders they are not for the plate.

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Show off your catch

Post a photo of your latest catch on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #northofthemurray and let other anglers know what to expect in this fishing paradise.

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Grab your licence, and some tips about where they’re biting today, at one of these local outlets:

Sportspower Corowa, Corowa Service Station, Corowa Computers Electronics & Outdoors, Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski, Intents Fishing & Camping, BP Mulwala.

Several of these outlets also stock tackle and bait.

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