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Set for a top summer
  |  First Published: February 2011



It has been an amazing transformation in our local waterways recently.

The amount of rainfall we have received over spring and early summer has reduced significantly and conditions are improving. Anglers should make the most of the terrific conditions while they last.

LAKE EPPALOCK

The redfin fishing in the lake has been fantastic. If you can find a good concentration of redfin then they have been caught in very high numbers. Catch rates of over 100 fish per day have been common.

The majority of redfin are still being caught in the shallow water. Depths of 2-3m have been the most productive. Anglers fishing with bait have been producing good results on small yabbies and gudgeon. Fishing with lures many different styles have been producing good results. Trolling small hardbodies and lipless crankbaits in shallow water around the edges of the lake has been good also.

Casting soft plastics using jig head weights of 6-9g have been good options. I personally have had some terrific results with clients on Cod Hunter Fishing Tours fishing with Jackall Mask vibes; the redfin just love them.

The terrific fishing should continue for several months so while the good conditions last. The fishing for the golden perch has improved slightly in recent weeks. The majority of the golden perch have been caught as a by-catch while anglers are trolling small hardbodies for redfin, but managing to land the occasional golden perch as bonus.

CAMPASPE RIVER

The fishing in the Campaspe River has improved dramatically. As predicted a week after the spillway had started to run the fishing was fantastic below the spillway. There have been good numbers of anglers fishing the water below the spillway. It has been very busy with lots of anglers there trying their luck. It is not a place to go if you like to fish by yourself.

The good fishing should last in this area for a week or two after the spillways stops running. The fish will then start to slow dramatically in this area after then.

Redfin have been making up the majority of anglers catch rates. There has however been small numbers of brown trout and golden perch also being caught. The majority of fish are being caught in this area on lures.

Water clarity has now improved throughout the Campaspe River system. The fishing has also improved at both the Elmore and Rochester sections of river. In both areas there have been good numbers of golden perch being caught with reasonable numbers of redfin. With the improved conditions in the Campaspe River there should continue to be some very good fishing for the next few months.

CAIRN CURRAN

Water levels are currently at 94% of capacity, and the fishing has been good. There continues to be small numbers of quality golden perch being caught. The majority of these are being caught in shallow water around rocky banks and around newly submerged vegetation.

The most productive lure for the golden perch has been anglers casting lipless crankbaits. Good numbers of redfin have been caught, although the majority of them have been small. The occasional angler has located a school of larger redfin, with bait fishing in the shallow water most productive. The majority of the redfin have been caught by anglers trolling in shallow water around the edges of Cairn Curran.

LODDON RIVER

The Loddon River received some major flooding over the spring months and with this conditions have often been poor. However in between flooding events when water clarity has improved there has been some excellent numbers of fish being caught.

The majority of these have been golden perch of 1.5-2.5kg. Water clarity is now starting to settle and conditions are again good.

The Loddon River, like most other areas in the Bendigo region, should fish well this season.

Good results will be produced by anglers casting spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits.

Lipless crankbaits and Murray cod are a great combination.

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