Fishing in Rutherglen & Wahgunyah
Always wanted to catch an elusive Murray Cod? We can’t promise anything, but we can at least point you in the right direction to some of our favourite fishing spots!
With Australia's greatest river at our doorstep and popular lakes just a hefty cast away, Rutherglen, Wahgunyah and surrounds has plenty to tempt freshwater anglers.
First and foremost, fishing on the border can be confusing for first time visitors. Be aware of licensing regulations, particularly if fishing in The Murray (a NSW fishing license is required, even if fishing from Victorian banks). Many species are also subject to open and closed seasons and daily bag limits. Some helpful links are provided below.
Both New South Wales & Victorian Fishing Licenses can be purchased from the Metro Service Station in Main Street Rutherglen, Caltex Newsagency in Wahgunyah and Bindaree Motel & Caravan Park in Corowa.
Where To Fish
The Murray River is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown, offering a variety of great fishing and camping spots, and ample access for those fishing from boats. If fishing from the bank try any number of reserves including The Police Paddocks, Shaws Flats, Granthams Bend The Willows Reserve and Stantons Bend.
Public access boat ramps are available at the Ball Park Caravan park in Corowa, or Stantons Bend near Rutherglen. Lake Moodemere also has launch facilities for those wanting to trawl on the lake.
Lake Moodemere is a great fishing spot being peaceful and secluded, close to town, and easily accessed. Redfin are most common within the lake and carp provide some fun for the kids.
Some other great freshwater fishing spots are just a little further afield including Lake Mulwala (30 minute drive), Lake Hume (45 minute drive) and Dartmouth Dam (90 minutes drive)
Other small lakes and dams in the local region are outlined in the Indigo Shire Fishing Guide. Please see below.
The legendary Murray Cod is revered as the undisputed king of The Murray and the largest purely freshwater fish in the country. Capable of growing in excess of one metre in length and upwards of 25kg at full maturity, they are a legendary sporting fish providing a great challenge for even the experienced angler.
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. As an introduced species the Redfin are listed as a noxious 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 and around the Rutherglen/Wahgunyah stretch of the Murray River. They are considered a delicacy and as such have been subject to severe over-fishing over time. 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. These include Silver Perch, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and the very rare 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.
Tackle & Bait
Fishing gear and bait can be purchased from the Metro Service Station in Rutherglen, Wahgunyah Caltex newsagency, Sportspower Corowa and the Bindaree Caravan Park Corowa. The Bindaree Caravan park also offer guided fishing tours and rod hire.