Countdown is on to catch a cod

The day all Murray cod fishos have been counting down to is almost here. After a 3-month closed season to allow Murray cod to rest while they breed, 1 December 2018 marks the start of open season for the iconic native freshwater fish.

We have partnered with the Victorian Fisheries Authority and Native Fish Australia to develop a Care for Cod campaign. Adopting better handling practices can help cod to survive post-release.

Care for Cod follows a simple four point plan.

  • Be prepared | Have your cod gloves, knotless net and long-nose pliers ready for a catch.
  • Reduce air time | Minimise the time the cod spends out of the water to under 30 seconds. Where possible, leave the cod in the water.
  • Gently does it | Support the cod’s body
  • Use the right gear | When baiting fishing use circle hooks and a tight line to avoid deep hooking the fish, also reduce fight time by using heavier gear.


Murray Cod have a bag limit of one in rivers and two in specific lakes and impoundments. They carry a minimum size limit of 55 cm and maximum size limit of 75cm. For more information visit the Victorian Fisheries Authority Murray Cod page.

Visit our education page for more information on Murray Cod.

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