Prime fishing continues
  |  First Published: March 2012

The productivity of fishing at most locations around the Bendigo area is very good, and combined with some excellent weather there is no better time to try your luck and catch some fish.


The fishing remains very good at Lake Eppalock, with the lake experiencing a lot of fishing pressure as well as from other recreational users. At the present time the majority of fish being caught continue to be redfin.

Good numbers of redfin are still being caught weighing up to 1.3kg and have been moving around a lot. With the increased fishing pressure they have been harder to locate lately.

With declining water levels to around 90% of capacity we have seen the majority of redfin moving into deeper water, with the majority of success in 5-6m of water. Casting and retrieving soft plastic lures is still my preferred method for the redfin.

Water clarity is continuing to slowly improve and we are now seeing some quality redfin being caught by anglers trolling small deep diving hardbodied lures such as Custom Crafted Bass Hunters and Australian Crafted Invaders.

Good results are also being produced by anglers bait fishing for the redfin, however the average size of the redfin being caught is often smaller.

Lately there has been a small increase in the amount of golden perch to 58cm being caught, but the numbers of golden perch continue to be low. The most productive methods for these have been by anglers casting spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits.


The fishing has slowed down in the Campaspe River directly below Lake Eppalock.

Further downstream at Axedale and Barnadown the fishing has been good and there continues to be reasonable numbers of redfin and small numbers of golden perch being caught in these areas.

The water clarity in the Campaspe River at Elmore is still poor but slowly improving. Small numbers of golden perch and the occasional Murray cod have been caught in this area. With the water being very tannin the best results are being produced on brightly coloured lures such as pink, orange and chartreuse. With minimal rainfall we should hopefully see water clarity and fishing productivity continue to improve.


The productivity in the redfin fishing has improved lately with reasonable numbers of redfin up to 1kg, especially with soft plastics in around 5m of water – even up to 10m.

Those anglers who consistently produce the good results are those anglers who have the best knowledge and are prepared to hunt around until for good concentration of fish.

There are still are small numbers of golden perch being caught with the majority of these being caught by anglers trolling hardbodied lures in 3-4m of water.


The productivity of the fishing in the Loddon River continues to be good with good results in the Newbridge area. Murray cod to 70cm and golden perch to 50cm have been caught in this area on medium-sized hardbodied lures and spinnerbaits.

Further downstream the fishing has been good around the Bridgewater area. This area often receives the greatest amount of fishing pressure and the productivity can often be lower during the holiday periods when the river is its busiest. There has been reasonable numbers of Murray cod and golden perch as well as redfin being caught in the Bridgewater section of the Loddon River.

Anglers walking the banks below Bridgewater have been producing some very good results. The majority of the fish being caught below Bridgewater have been Murray cod and the most productive lures have been spinnerbaits.

The fishing also remains good at Serpentine with good numbers of golden perch and Murray cod being caught at this location.

Tallis Miles displays a quality 1kg redfin caught at Lake Eppalock casting a Bozo soft plastic.

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