Loddon leading the way
  |  First Published: April 2008

The fishing in Central Victoria continues to be a mixed bag. At this stage, the fishing in impoundments has been disappointing but the local river systems have been far more consistent.

Loddon River

The Loddon River continues to be the most productive local destination. The best results have been produced by those anglers walking the banks and fishing the smaller sections of the river at locations like Newbridge and Serpentine.

The most productive lures for the skinny water have been Bassman DT’s and Auspin Twin spin spinnerbaits. Good numbers of fish continue to be caught on Jackall lipless crankbaits. Medium-sized hard bodies like Custom Crafted Hammerheads and No. 2 Stumpjumpers have also been producing good results. The most productive colours are black and purple and redfin patterns.

In the small water reasonable numbers of Murray cod and golden perch are being caught, some quality redfin are also being landed. In the deeper section at Bridgewater the fishing has been slower and it appears this section of river is feeling the effects of increased fishing pressure. At Bridgewater there has still been some reasonable numbers of golden perch being caught. Redfin are also being caught consistently but the average size has been smaller than last season.

Anglers casting at the edges of the weed beds are catching the majority of redfin. Anglers trolling with deep diving hard bodies such as Australian Crafted Invaders are also catching redfin. The numbers of Murray cod being caught has been low but those Murray cod that have been landed have been in excellent condition. Anglers fishing surface lures at night are catching small numbers of Murray cod.

Lake Eppalock

The good news for the lake is that water levels are still good in comparison to recent years. The lake is currently holding 6% capacity and boats can still be launched with 4WD vehicles. At this stage those anglers who have been fishing the deeper sections of the lake out of boats are producing the best results but for the majority the results have been poor.

There have been a small number of golden perch being caught by anglers trolling deep running hardbodies along the edges of standing timber. The numbers of golden perch being caught in the lake should increase in the next few weeks. In autumn water temperatures start to drop and we often see an increase in the numbers of fish feeding before the coldness of winter sets in. If you are planning a trip to the lake, do so in the short term because the fishing will only become tougher when winter arrives.

Campaspe River

The fishing in the Campaspe River has been slow due to poor water clarity after heavy rain earlier in the year. Water clarity has now started to improve and so has anglers’ catch rates. At this stage there are starting to be small numbers of quality redfin and golden perch being caught. The numbers of Murray cod being caught is low but should improve in the next few weeks. The most productive lures continue to be spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. Anglers trolling small hardbodies along the edges of the weed beds are also catching redfin.

Cairn Curran

Water levels in Cairn Curran are currently 6% capacity. The fishing in the lake continues to be slow with only small numbers of redfin being caught. The majority of these are being caught by anglers bait fishing out of boats. The best baits are small yabbies and Gudgeon.

Similarly, the numbers of golden perch being caught is very low. There has been a small number caught by anglers trolling deep diving hardbodies.

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