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Vehicle access to the river is excellent except in the section Tocumwal to Barmah. 0000171129 00000 n Although bank fishing is quite possible and rewarding, the best fishing is from a boat, which enables access to midwater snags and the use of trolled lures which are very successful in taking Murray cod and golden perch. 0000385852 00000 n There has been a significant increase in the numbers of Murray cod in the Murray River and the Murray Darling Basin in recent years. Riparian vegetation is scattered red gums, grass and willows. Bait fishing anglers should cut the trace above the hook and release the fish. Under low-flow conditions the low-flow fishway will direct the river through its historic channel, aiding in … 0000398165 00000 n 0000385499 00000 n .�8}t��e������u��6�QP d��@� � �Ju~ 0000391578 00000 n Many Murray River groups believed that the wide reaches and bends of the Murray River were created by a giant Murray cod, swimming down the formerly narrow trickle to the sea, while being pursued by a dream-time hero. Other fish are European carp, redfin to 2.5 kg, good numbers of silver perch to 5 kg (protected), freshwater catfish (protected), tench and some golden perch to 2 kg. They prefer a weedy area with mud substrate and live and feed on the substrate. Remember, the Murray is regarded as being in NSW, so you will need a NSW fishing license, available at local stores and service stations or online from New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. It was first thought 'just' 300 dead perch were found Menindee on Saturday, but a NSW District Fisheries officer … For up-to-date information on NSW regulations, please refer to the NSW Fisheries website at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries. startxref 0000171374 00000 n 0000388875 00000 n 0000065246 00000 n 0000004470 00000 n 0000389017 00000 n Murray spiny crayfish are scarce. Flow downstream of Albury is regulated by releases from Lake Hume, which receives water from Lake Dartmouth, on the Mitta Mitta River. They also strike well at lures. 0000221718 00000 n Water depth from Yarrawonga to Torrumbarry averages 3 m with numerous deeper pools or holes averaging 4 m with some 6-8 m deep. 0000396647 00000 n Fish in the Murray River: The Murray River at Echuca is brimming with different types of fish like Murray Cod, Yellowbelly, Silver Perch, and less common to the area are Redfin. The Murray River (and associated tributaries) support a variety of river life adapted to its vagaries. 0000221605 00000 n 0000532432 00000 n 0000132914 00000 n 0000398520 00000 n Murray cod 2-6 kg extend upstream as far as Towong Upper but are more abundant upstream to Walwa. xref Body colour is generally blue-grey on dorsal surface becoming paler, almost white on ventral surface. Anglers can also contact NSW Fisheries, Albury, (02 6042 4228) or 1300 550 474 for current regulations. 0000357053 00000 n This is the go to size when casting in majority of rivers and creeks and will appeal to Golden Perch and Murray Cod of all sizes. In modern Australia, the Murray cod is nation's largest and best-known freshwater fish. Quite large lures can be used to catch even small Murray cod and golden perch. Fish such as Murray cod, golden perch and silver perch readily enter the cage. 0000357018 00000 n They are now abundant between Yarrawonga and Tocumwal, surviving as one of only two self-sustaining populations in Australia. There are very large Murray cod to 50 kg around Robinvale with best fishing reported to be in December. 0000085237 00000 n Surveys by DSE have found a lack of fish between these sizes. There has been resnagging, improvement in fish passage, restoration of banks and bank vegetation, mitigation of high water temperatures and control of undesirable fish species. Fishing around Swan Hill has been productive in recent years. Native fish present in the middle and upper reaches of the river are Murray cod, golden perch, trout cod, silver perch, freshwater catfish, Macquarie perch, bony bream, river blackfish, two-spine blackfish, western carp gudgeon, barred galaxias, flathead galaxias, flathead gudgeon, Australian smelt, mountain galaxias, southern pygmy perch, Murray hardyhead and unspecked hardyhead, Introduced species are European carp, redfin, goldfish, oriental weatherloach and eastern gambusia. The movement, growth rate and mortality rates of tagged Murray cod, in the section of river downstream from Lake Mulwala to Cobram, is being monitored by the Freshwater Ecology Group, DSE. 0000398087 00000 n There is considerable controversy over the status of Murray cod because many recreational fishers consider the species abundant and widespread, not least because it is stocked widelyby commercial organisations, fishing clubs and gover… At least two species are presumed extinct (Agassiz’s glassfish, trout cod). At the present time, the whole of the Murray River is within New South Wales, therefore New South Wales regulations apply. 5/8oz: this is the most common size and can be used in almost every situation. 0000388417 00000 n 0000133676 00000 n Colour pale green to creamy yellow sometimes golden on dorsal, becoming paler more creamy white on ventral surface. Any silver perch caught in the Murray River must be returned carefully to the water.In dams, they are best taken on baits such as worms and shrimps. “We found a three-fold increase in the abundance of Murray cod, and a doubling of abundance of golden perch, in the reach of river where habitat restoration was done, compared to sites where habitat remained constant’, said Dr Lyon. A rock ramp fishway will be constructed at Brewarrina Weir to enable fish species including Murray cod, golden perch and silver perch to migrate in the Darling River. 0000386230 00000 n All existing fishery regulations apply to these species. 0000175400 00000 n trailer The saltwater section of the Murray River from South Yunderup to Pinjarra is home to hard fighting Black Bream. Darling River - Native Fish Species > Golden perch - A list of all freshwater perch species of Australia > Silver perch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia > Tandanus tandanus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia > Murray cod - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia > 0000388236 00000 n 0000330897 00000 n 0000091023 00000 n 0000294078 00000 n Freshwater catfish are protected and may not be taken by any methods in the Murray River and its tributaries within NSW. MDB recreational fishers like to catch several iconic native fish species like Murray Cod and Golden Perch. This was once the dominant species in the river, but not long after white settlement fishermen started expressing concern about the quantity of cod in South Australia. There are 46 species of native fish in the Murray–Darling Basin, ranging from tiny gudgeons and pygmy perch to the Murray cod which can reach 1.8 m and 113.5 kg. There is a boat-launching ramp in the Yarrawonga Caravan Park. The Goulburn and Campaspe Rivers enter this section of the Murray River and fishing is good in the river mouths (golden perch at the Goulburn River mouth and redfin at the Campaspe River mouth). Outside this area, the Murray River is closed to Murray spiny cray fishing. 0000294474 00000 n However fishing success is very dependent on water levels with little fish movement until the water level rises. For regulations, see the NSW Fisheries website. 0000462115 00000 n Anglers should check the latest NSW Fishing Regulations before angling as there have been recent changes to the regulations. Bank erosion is common because of the frequent changes in flow and therefore water level. Golden perch are carnivorous, taking mainly crustaceans, insects, molluscs and small fish. 0000174660 00000 n 0000004357 00000 n Fish present are, European carp, Murray cod with some fish to 45 kg, redfin and Murray spiny crayfish. This has allowed the connection between the River Murray, Lower Lakes, the Coorong and the ocean to stay open, resulting in a boom in congolli, and other fish populations. 0000390843 00000 n DSE has determined that catch-per-unit effort for fish is low compared with other sections of the Murray River. The river structure downstream of Torrumbarry to Mildura is similar to upstream but there is an area of shallower water (1-3 m) with some deeper holes for a distance of 100 km downstream of Torrumbarry. The possession of trout cod is prohibited and any fish caught must be returned to the water alive. Other species often taken are European carp, redfin and Murray spiny crayfish. They are considered to be a relatively easy fish to catch with the right gear, and when water conditions are suitable. H�ܗ͎��_�/ Y��z�` ^d=�'��1����wHI��� ����@_�$��ԩ��n���?|��[���{���޹_�w~�P\ݯ9�k)��&����o ���{ӷ�'��O�{����$�dmm�FW{\}�m/�Ջ[��>F������.Ʌ��nwIi��R�Z}9%7R_k��\��^�]�}�?�y�������Xq�3���G�G�S����{���UK\[r�����S��*=���rӮ���Y�5�_ݜ��r���]��]r�tH��?�/�ّO���Q���DFc�5�km����PY�"8���8�n{���������j����jTz\��vY�\�G���F~)�C߹>m�Jn�䰻Z_S�ӯ zh���U� ��~9�[S���Yb�J�Dw�)X�ɅZ�T���]������˚-�bEpy���>�������)�"G�O��� X�co�a.%�{,���x��ӱ j^}J:aڀ��w�e�rU��9x9��߶���]ޤ���?��o���������t��$V4�:�1p�����]��]���S�O}_�߽CW"Q�E�]hu��qJ�eFwKfI�Z�)C�`LJc�]7�Jqti���w���'��X�'iU��5������io ��IAȾn��d�n4�R��YY)q��4�x�iF�.�)ەG��AJ�Q[�5UL\sK9A�+k7o��Yc6/�a�9��D�W �=�G�H�4�)N��]����g;�+=`�Z��ٟ�"o�-���U������FFW+u5�Ϥ����]���J�\Y� �X�L��c�=IH| �4�C��L��y��S�'�픐�q����vi��z{��N���ۡ�����F�o5O��p�a!��z��y�e"����� ��? 82 125 See the NSW Fisheries website for the Murray cod season. They can be caught on baits such as live yabbies, worms and shrimps. • Native fish suffered – both in terms of distribution and abundance – due to human impacts and declining river health • Expert panel concludes - native fish abundance and diversity now at a level of 10% of their status 200+ years ago • Approximately half of the native fish … Ned's corner and Lochs 7 and 9 are popular fishing spots. 0000095239 00000 n A video of dead Murray cod fish in the Darling River went viral on Wednesday as NSW minister Niall Blair visited Menindee. Popular lures are up to 10 cm in length and coloured yellow, red or green. 0000356504 00000 n 0000387564 00000 n 0000471271 00000 n 0000004288 00000 n The adults are usually solitary fish whereas juveniles form loose schools. Murray cod have increased in number in recent years with small cod abundant, indicating natural recruitment is occurring. 0000398799 00000 n 0000269033 00000 n Substrate is predominantly clay with patches of gravel. Numerous dams and weirs along the river, also affect the flow. 0000175322 00000 n They recorded one fish moving 90 km in 20 days. The dead fish, mainly native species such as bony bream, Murray cod, and golden and silver perch, were found along a 50-kilometre stretch of the river. Fish Species in the Murray River. Ngurunderi speared the fish at Lake Alexandrina, cut it up and threw some of the parts into the water. After spawning in the rivers, all fish move rapidly downstream, taking up residence again in the same location and even by the same snag, they had previously occupied. 0000391183 00000 n Best Size: Spinnerbaits come in a range of sizes (3/8oz, 1/2oz, 5/8oz, 3/4oz, 1oz, 1.5oz, 2oz) with the most common and versatile being 5/8oz. Murray spiny crayfish are common in the Murray River upstream of Robinvale. Most anglers are after the native Murray cod, Australia's largest freshwater fish, but look out for other river residents like the golden perch, trout, catfish and freshwater cray. The Murray-Darling Basin Commission is carrying out numerous activities to improve environmental conditions in the Murray River floodplain. 0000131834 00000 n Only the common species likely to be taken by anglers are mentioned in fishing in the various reaches of the river. 0000175049 00000 n Trout cod has been listed as nationally endangered under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Other fish are European carp, redfin, Murray spiny crayfish, golden perch, silver perch and freshwater catfish. 0000174752 00000 n This species quickly demonstrates the appeal of the rainbow fish family. 0 Fishways have been or are being installed on most barriers in this reach of river. The banks are 3-5 m high and there is a continuous line of riparian vegetation of mostly mature red gums along both banks. 0000221092 00000 n It was reported that there was a Murray Cod hit by a paddle steamer in the 1970's that was 216cm and almost 500lb. Redfin to 1.3 kg are common upstream to Walwa. 0000268804 00000 n 0000175170 00000 n DSE has tracked fish moving up to 100 km upstream from Lake Mulwala. 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The Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii) is a large Australian predatory freshwater fish of the genus Maccullochella in the family Percichthyidae. They can reach 20 kg in weight but are usually less than 5 kg. But it is also known by variety of other names including Murray River Rainbowfish, Crimson-spotted Rainbowfish, or Inland Rainbowfish. Native fish present in the middle and upper reaches of the river are Murray cod, golden perch, trout cod, silver perch, freshwater catfish, Macquarie perch, bony bream, river blackfish, two-spine blackfish, western carp gudgeon, barred galaxias, flathead galaxias, flathead gudgeon, Australian smelt, mountain galaxias, southern pygmy perch, Murray hardyhead and … provide information about the Basin’s fish species. 0000157371 00000 n h6�z��0��}9��Upu���!�K� The river becomes wider and flow becomes very slow because of the numerous lochs and weirs. There is extreme variation in fishing success at different times and locations. Other larger fish present are a small resident population of Murray cod, small numbers of trout cod, golden perch, silver perch and European carp. 0000331048 00000 n 0000691474 00000 n 0000094787 00000 n Best baits are meat offal or a piece of any fish. 0000397026 00000 n 0000085789 00000 n 0000294590 00000 n Jaws equal length or bottom jaw protrudes. Some goldfish and tench can be taken in slow flowing areas. The Murray River rises as three springs at Forest Hill (40 km south of Mt Kosciusko) in rugged mountains (1,800 m altitude) then flows for 305 km to Lake Hume, mostly through undulating farmland or open country and several areas of mixed low forest. There is a scarcity of instream snags, which reduces its value as habitat for Murray cod and golden perch. 0000394340 00000 n Males are brilliantly colored, with bold fin patterns and bright contrasting colors. The banks are generally stable with no serious bank erosion or instream sedimentation occurring. This is a popular section of river for camping and boating and has excellent sandy beaches. 0000399156 00000 n 82 0 obj <> endobj There is a good boat ramp at Torrumbarry Weir. GoFishVic - Your angler diary app available now! The Murray cod is the largest exclusively freshwater fish in Australia, and o… The upper reaches rise in forest but most of the river flows through cleared open country then through farmland downstream of Towong. The construction of weirs on the Murray River interrupted their spawning run resulting in a loss of fish in the Murray River and in the Ovens River upstream of Lake Mulwala. Their preferred resting habitat is on the substrate close to snags (submerged timber/logs/branches) and particularly, large clumps of submerged snags. Murray cod are listed as critically endangered by the IUCN, and as vulnerable under the Environmental Protection of Biodiversity and Conservation Act, and by the Australian Society for Fish Biology. There are abundant snags and deep water (4 m) which provides good fishing for Murray cod and golden perch. The result has been a large increase in the numbers of trout cod in this section of the river. They do not migrate but remain in the same locality all their lives. 0000003265 00000 n The section of river downstream to Cobram carries mostly small (3 kg) Murray cod and some very large fish over 30 kg. 0000397104 00000 n 0000386034 00000 n Most (74%) places where Murray cod were resting had more than 50% of the area covered with snags. 0000268407 00000 n The Victorian Fisheries Authority manages recreational fishing in Lake Hume while the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries manages recreational fishing in Lake Mulwala. 0000000016 00000 n A major activity of the Murray-Darling Basin Native Fish Strategy has been the establishment of a 'Demonstration Reach' in the section of river from Howlong downstream to Lake Mulwala at Yarrawonga. 0000396837 00000 n This section of the river is lined with heavy snags and should be fished from October until the heavy rains in Winter start pushing the bream downstream. However, arrangements are in place to allow continued recreational fishing for several popular native species: silver perch (within Lake Mulwala only), Murray cod, golden perch, yabbies, Murray spiny crayfish, two species of freshwater shrimps and freshwater prawns. 0000268955 00000 n Attempts to remove the hook can damage the fish. Murray River Resnagging Native fish will soon have more areas to rest, shelter, breed and feed with a re-snagging project in the Murray River by OzFish Unlimited Sunraysia Chapter. 0000330831 00000 n The Murray river plays host to many species of fish and apart from the regulars such as Murray Cod, Callop, Catfish, Bream, Macquarie, Perch and Redfin, there are a large number of assorted fish which are largely unknown. 0000398877 00000 n Note that silver perch, trout cod, Macquarie perch, river blackfish, two-spine blackfish and freshwater catfish may not be taken from the Murray River. They can tolerate water temperatures to 37oC and salinity almost that of salt water (56,000 EC). Assessments by DSE found that 16% to 61% of the total bank length in different localities from the upper Murray to Mildura, showed signs of erosion such as undercut banks. Murray cod fishing is excellent upstream of Torrumbarry (located 25 km from Echuca) with numerous deep pools and snags. 0000398442 00000 n 0000517443 00000 n Populations of these species have declined in recent decades, as have those of the trout cod and Macquarie perch, previously popular targets for anglers. 0000140581 00000 n They are in best condition for eating after mid June. Downstream of Hume Lake the river flows through a section of low hills in the Kiewa Basin then through flat terrain to South Australia. 0000356902 00000 n These then became other Murray River fish species. 0000086686 00000 n This migration appears to be triggered by high flows or floods. 0000396582 00000 n Murray spiny crayfish are present on the mud bottom. Murray Cod are the largest freshwater fish found in the River Murray and the Murray-Darling system. It now gives all native fish and aquatic invertebrates, protected status of endangered species. Adult fish move long distances upstream to spawn during September-December and this is triggered by a rise in water level at the start of major flood events. Body has dark spots and irregular dashes or bars with. 0000140202 00000 n Downstream from Mildura, water depth increases to an average of 5-6 m. Red gums are still present along the banks but the surrounding land is semi-arid with salt bush further downstream. The IUCN listing states that numbers of Murray cod have substantially fallen. One part of Ponde, which was also thrown into the water, remained the Murray cod. European carp and redfin to 1 kg are most abundant. Some anglers find that baits are good at higher flows when the water may be discoloured and lures are more successful when the water level drops. Further downstream large (30 kg) Murray cod are common. Murray cod and golden perch (yellowbelly) are the main target species of most anglers. The river is 40-50 m wide, with most pools 2 m deep although there are some reaches with pools 4-5 m deep. 0000221423 00000 n There is a lift for fish installed on the downstream side of the weir. They prefer slightly faster flowing water than Murray cod or golden perch. Bardi grubs are traditionally thought of as being the best bait, but yabbies, worms and shrimp are all effective. 0000387758 00000 n According to NSW regulations, you can only fish for Murray spiny freshwater crayfish in the Murray River and its tributaries from Albury to Tocumwal. An understanding of the types of habitat that Murray cod prefer can assist anglers in their fishing efforts. 0000045407 00000 n 0000174873 00000 n 0000086412 00000 n Both species of fish were introduced to Australia for recreational fishing, the brown trout in 1868 and the rainbow trout in 1894. Fish have been recorded moving 1,000 km within the Murray-Darling Basin. These days the Murray cod is a prized catch but other river lures include golden perch (yellow belly), trout, catfish and freshwater cray. The Murray River upstream of Tintaldra is generally considered as a trout water. h�b``�``��g`c�4dd@ AVv�K�600�o`� YB66���%�\_o��돗�_,r������@��Ҡ �� ��� �* ��(32�i�h�iZ0�+��g���V.�N����l�N��`�[���f�Ơ������ "����XO0aX�4�뚷�P�F G;Z������ ���p 0000394301 00000 n However they had no particular preference for the deepest holes or pools. 0000090559 00000 n 0000330503 00000 n Most fish in the Murray River are 350-880 g but some fish to 5 kg have been caught. Dozens of snags of various shapes have been placed into the Red Cliffs reach of the lower Murray restoring a stretch of habitat more than one and a half kilometres long. The section of river below Hume Lake provides good fishing in the spring for brown trout to 4 kg. They rest among snags and also along the bank in areas of slow-flowing water out of high water velocity areas. Carp are an abundant invasive fish species that has been contributing to environmental degradation across the Murray-Darling Basin since the 1960s. 0000408388 00000 n Traverse the region from end to end and delight in the activity and diversity found along the way. Best fishing spots are close to snags or even better, close to large clumps of snags. 0000294703 00000 n Access is good in the lower section and there is good camping along the river. Both these fish are known to respond to changes in flows. The region is home to plentiful wildlife, supporting over 350 varieties of birds, as well as many species of mammals, reptiles and fish. There are extensive areas of shallow water further downstream to Swan Hill but some fishing is still available in deep gutters and pools. Three species of freshwater shrimp are present as well as yabbies and Murray spiny crayfish. 0000025041 00000 n It was critical to the lifestyle, diet and mythology of the Indigenous Australian tribes living along the Murray River, and played a central role in the creation story of the Murray River and its other fish species. Trout cod were once scarce in the upper Murray River but numbers are now increasing, from releases in the Ovens system. 0000551116 00000 n 0000115619 00000 n 0000386701 00000 n 0000357131 00000 n 0000136981 00000 n This section also contains large numbers of trout cod but these must be released alive if accidently caught. Please note that the Murray River is governed by NSW DPI Fisheries and you will need a NSW fishing licence to fish there. 0000171457 00000 n 0000175287 00000 n 0000331126 00000 n 0000132394 00000 n Head downstream and try your hand at bait fishing, lure casting and fly-fishing from the riverbank or a boat. Only a very brief outline of fishing opportunities, are discussed. 0000385918 00000 n Any freshwater catfish caught in the Murray River must be returned carefully to the water. It is illegal to possess any other native aquatic species without specific approval. This work shows that providing woody habitat (‘snags’) for fish in the Murray River did indeed result in an increase in the population size of native fish. Downstream of Lake Hume to Yarrawonga, the river flows in a 50 m wide channel. The movement of radio tagged Murray cod is also being monitored by the Freshwater Ecology Group, Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). The best fishing appears to be during a period of stable flow after an increase in flow. Three hundred pieces of timber (snags) have been placed into 30 kms of the river (Yarrawonga to Barmah) to provide habitat for fish as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission Native Fish Strategy. 0000294408 00000 n The land adjacent to the river is all cleared farmland apart from two extensive areas of red gum woodlands around Barmah (Broken River Basin) and Koondrook to Murrabit (North Loddon Basin). 0000136614 00000 n Most lures are 'bibbed' with a plastic plate in the front, which causes the lure to dive and also provides a particular 'action'. Also some silver perch, freshwater catfish near Murrabit (protected), goldfish and tench. This area of the Murray River, upstream of Hume Lake, is classified as general trout water and carries both brown trout (Salmo trutta) and rainbow trout (Oncorrhynchus mykiss) weighing up to 1.5 kilograms. 0000640256 00000 n 0000480344 00000 n Access is good and there are good boat ramps available. The other is a translocated population in Seven Creeks, Victoria. There are two public boat ramps, at Echuca East and Victoria Park in Echuca. ��. Murray Cod appearance The Murray Cod is Australia’s largest freshwater fish. Echuca Bait: Take a hand shovel along and dig the dirt close to the water. Murray cod commonly range in size from 5-22 kg although fish up to 113 kg have been taken. 0000434364 00000 n 0000174567 00000 n They are known to grow to a weight of more than 100kg and a length of 180cm and are usually found in deeper water near fallen logs. Golden perch (yellowbelly or callop) are common throughout the Murray River. A Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence is not valid for angling in the Murray River with the exception of Lake Hume. 0000417008 00000 n 0000386984 00000 n Murray cod use these snags to shelter from water velocities and as places from where they can ambush their prey. Fishing for Murray cod in this area is best in spring and early summer. 0000397378 00000 n A well-known and popular fishing area is the 'Black Hole' just downstream from Yarrawonga, where good catches of golden perch have been made. Larger fish can be blue-grey. 0000397733 00000 n They are most active at night. 0000002796 00000 n 0000397811 00000 n DSE found that Murray cod were most often resting in water more than 2 m deep. How flows are managed can have a big impact on the health and numbers of these important fish, and their local, regional and Basin-wide economic and social values. The unprecedented operation aims to move as many fish as possible from 15 to 20 priority waterholes in a two-week period, including Murray cod, some of … The main difference in this section of the river, compared to further downstream, is the scarcity of snags on the substrate. 0000356836 00000 n In this collection of oral histories, newspaper articles and photos Will shows that that many species of fish, including Trout Cod, Murray Cod, Macquarie Perch, and Blackfish, were abundant and widely distributed. The section of river between Barmah to Echuca is reported to provide good fishing for Murray spiny crayfish. Snags are abundant and a boat makes fishing and landing fish easier. 0000505770 00000 n 0000140956 00000 n Not commonly taken in the Murray River but possibly caught in billabongs and areas of sluggish or still water out of the current of the main channel. 0000268920 00000 n Carries brown trout and rainbow trout to 1.5 kg. Research by DSE found that 80% of fish monitored with radio tracking devices were resting within one metre of a snag. 0000086575 00000 n 0000294625 00000 n Murray cod are sedentary during the year but from about August to early November, (depending on seasonal flow conditions) they migrate upstream to spawn. The Murray cod is undoubtedly Australia’s most culturally important fish. endstream endobj 83 0 obj <>>> endobj 84 0 obj <>/ExtGState<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageC]/Properties<>/Shading<>/XObject<>>>/Rotate 0/TrimBox[0.0 0.0 1190.55 841.89]/Type/Page>> endobj 85 0 obj [/DeviceN[/Cyan/Magenta]/DeviceCMYK 113 0 R 115 0 R] endobj 86 0 obj <> endobj 87 0 obj <>stream

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