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Rains keep on coming
  |  First Published: December 2010



The Bendigo region has continued to receive some great rainfall in recent weeks.

The amount of rainfall we have received has led to a reduction in anglers catch-rates in the short term. The long-term benefits will be terrific when water clarity finally starts to improve. It is currently amazing to drive around the local area and see the improvement in water levels in our local catchments.

LAKE EPPALOCK

Lake Eppalock is currently spilling. The heavy rainfall over the last weeks will produce some more large inflows into the lake. Water clarity was quite good before the rainfall this week. The water has a lot of tannin colour in it at the moment. Water clarity will deteriorate in the short term but should improve again shortly.

The fishing for the golden perch has been slow in Lake Eppalock over the spring months. At this stage only small numbers of golden perch are being caught at this location. Anglers casting lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits around the newly submerged trees around the edges of the lake have caught the majority of the golden perch.

Hopefully we should see an increase in the numbers of golden perch being caught in the next few weeks as water temperatures continue to rise. The recent rainfall and the fact that water levels are still rising is a good thing and should help improve the golden perch fishing in the short term.

The redfin fishing has continued to improve. There are currently good numbers of redfin being caught at this location. The average sized redfin being caught is between 200-400g. There have been small numbers of larger redfin weighing up to 1kg being caught. Good numbers are being caught on both bait and by lure anglers. The majority of the fish are now being caught in shallow water between 1-2.5m of depth.

The most productive bait for the redfin has been small yabbies. Good results are being produced by several different types of lures. Good numbers of redfin are being caught by anglers casting soft plastics around the edges of the lake. Good numbers are also being caught by anglers trolling shallow diving hardbodied lures. Anglers are also producing good results casting bladed lures in the shallow water. The redfin fishing should only get better in the lake this season.

CAMPASPE RIVER

The fishing in the Campaspe River has continued to be slow. A recent fishing competition was held in the Campaspe River below Elmore. There were over 50 anglers competing and only one redfin was landed between all anglers. Water clarity has been poor. Now that Lake Eppalock has reached maximum capacity and with water going over the spillway there should be some good fishing at this location for the next few weeks while the water is still running.

CAIRN CURRAN

Cairn Curran has reached maximum capacity in recent weeks. There are now increased flows going down the Loddon River. Water clarity is average and like Lake Eppalock there is a lot of tannin colour in the water. The fishing has been slowly improving. There have been small numbers of large golden perch being landed.

Golden perch weighing up to 7kg have been landed. The golden perch have been caught on both bait and lures. The common ingredient is that these are also being caught in the shallow water. There have been some reasonable numbers of redfin being caught. The majority of these have been small the occasional redfin weighing up to 500g have been landed.

LODDON RIVER

After the heavy rainfall over the last few days Phil Keetalaar and I decided to drive out to the Loddon for a look. The river again had a good flood going down the system. With all the impoundments along this catchment currently at maximum capacity the high water levels will continue for some time.

Because of the floodwater, clarity has now deteriorated. There had been some good fishing in the Loddon River prior to this last rain event. Good numbers of golden perch were being caught mainly on lipless crankbaits. Bright colour schemes such as pink and orange have been the best options. Now the water clarity is very poor again it will probably take several weeks before it settles again if we do not receive any more significant rainfall.

Given the current weather patterns it is very hard to predict when the water clarity will settle in our local river systems. If you are planning a trip to the area, then pack some bait in case of poor water clarity or go to a local impoundment where the water clarity will be improved.

The spillway at Lake Eppalock is running for the first time for many years.

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