Recreational fishers are being encouraged to check waterway conditions before they leave home ahead of the opening of Murray cod season later this week on Thursday 1 December.
Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said the Murray cod closed season during September, October, and November each year gives the species a chance to breed in peace.
“This season’s opening day will be unusual with dozens of popular waterways flood affected and potentially unsafe, even for shore-based freshwater fishers,” Mr Dowling said.
“We urge everyone to plan ahead, do their homework on river conditions and if in doubt, head to safer destinations such as Lake Eildon, Taylors Lake near Horsham, or Rocklands Reservoir out west.
“We all love Murray cod and season opening is a social occasion on the calendar, but it’s not worth risking the safety of loves ones including family and friends.”
Mr Dowling said track and road closures could also mean favourite spots for season opening are inaccessible or suitable for four-wheel drives only.
“There is a lot of information about the condition of tracks, boat ramps, lakes and rivers so now is the time to jump online, get informed about the prevailing conditions and short-list your options.”
Apps and websites providing valuable details include:
- VicTraffic for road closures
- VicEmergency and the Bureau of Meteorology for the latest weather and flood warnings
- Boating Vic app for boat ramp status and conditions
- Parks Victoria for track and park closures.