Murray cod

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Murray cod

Common name/sMurray cod
Scientific name

Maccullochella peelii

Legal sizeMinimum: 55cm
Maximum: 75cm
Bag limit

Rivers: 1

In specified lakes and impoundments (see below): 2

Urban lakes: 2 (see a full list of urban lakes here)

Possession limitThere is a statewide possession limit for Murray cod of 5 fish or less than 30kg in any other form. This is the maximum number/amount of a particular type of fish that a person can possess at any one time anywhere in Victoria (including your home)
Additional information

These fish can't be filleted in or on Victorian waters. They must be kept whole or in carcass form until you're away from the water. It's okay to fillet your fish on the cleaning tables at the boat ramp.

Murray cod are also subject to a closed season, meaning they cannot be taken or possessed on, in or near Victorian waters during this time. The closed season for Murray cod is from 1 September to 30 November inclusive. Lake Eildon and the waters south of the Great Dividing Range are open year round, except the Yarra River.

Murray cod are often mistaken for trout cod. See the differences in the images below.

Trout cod

Trout cod
Murray cod
Murray cod

Specified lakes and impoundments

  • Albert Park Lake
  • Benalla Lake
  • Big Meran Lake
  • Booroopki Swamp
  • Boga Lake
  • Buffalo Lake
  • Cairn Curran Reservoir
  • Charlegrark Lake
  • Charm Lake
  • Cooper Lake
  • Cullulleraine Lake
  • Eildon Lake
  • Eppalock Lake
  • First Reedy Lake
  • Greens Lake
  • Harrietville Dredge Hole
  • Hume Lake
  • Kangaroo Lake
  • Kow Swamp
  • Laanecoorie Reservoir
  • Lascelles Lake
  • Moodemere Lake
  • Nagambie Weir (Defined as all impounded waters upstream of Magambie Weir to Chinamans Bridge on the Goulburn River and inclusive of Lake Nagambie)
  • Nillahcootie Lake
  • Numurkah Lake
  • Taylors Lake
  • Victoria Lake (Shepparton)
  • Walkers Lake
  • Waranga Basin