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Conditions are changing
  |  First Published: April 2012



There have been some excellent captures in this area, however the boom now appears to be in a decline.

The autumn months are often my favourite time of the year to fish. During autumn we often experience large high pressure system which brings with it stable weather with days of minimal winds and perfect temperatures to spend a day on the water fishing.

LAKE EPPALOCK

Water levels continue to decline in Lake Eppalock where the lake is around 88%. Declining water levels is not helping the productivity of the fishing in the lake, where redfin are still making up the majority of anglers catch rates, mostly with soft plastics and blades.

The good schools of redfin are currently proving difficult to find and anglers should be prepared to fish many different locations, with the best concentrations of redfin generally found in 4-6m. Good quality redfin have also been caught by anglers bait fishing with small yabbies in these depths.

Trolling small deep diving hardbodied lures has been good and some quality redfin up to 1kg are being caught. Anglers are catching the majority of these by trolling lures just above the submerged timber. There have also been small numbers of golden perch been caught.

The majority of these have been a welcome by-catch when anglers have been trolling small hardbodied lures for the redfin. Lake Eppalock has received a huge amount of fishing pressure this year and now the productivity in the fishing is declining the numbers of anglers fishing this location should reduce.

CAMPASPE RIVER

The fishing in the Campaspe River at the present time is average, with redfin making up the majority of anglers bags. Reasonable numbers of redfin are still being caught in the Campaspe River in the section from Axedale to Barnadown.

Further downstream at Elmore there have been reasonable numbers of redfin being caught. The most productive lures for the redfin have been small hardbodied lures. There are currently small numbers of golden perch being caught and the majority of these are being caught by anglers casting and retrieving spinnerbaits and lipless crankbait lures.

The most productive colours have been dark colours such as black and purple. Water clarity continues to slowly improve. If this trend does continue we should start to see a small increase in the numbers of golden perch being caught in the Campaspe River over the next couple of months.

CAIRN CURRAN

Unfortunately the fishing has also started to slow down at Cairn Curran. Redfin are still making up the majority of anglers catch rates. The good schools of redfin have been difficult to locate lately and anglers should be prepared to try a number of areas around the reservoir in order to locate a good concentration of fish.

Trolling hardbodied lures or casting soft plastics lures have been the most productive methods for the redfin lately. If a good school of redfin is located by those anglers fishing with bait, good results have been produced by those anglers fishing with small yabbies. Small numbers of golden perch have also been caught by anglers fishing with both worms and yabbies. Small numbers of golden perch have also been caught by anglers trolling hardbodied lures.

LODDON RIVER

The fishing in the Loddon River has also slowed down. The Loddon River has been receiving a large amount of fishing pressure lately. For those anglers fishing the navigable sections of the Loddon River at Bridgewater and Serpentine the catch rates have been low. Small numbers of golden are being caught in these areas.

The most productive lure for the golden perch has been lipless crankbaits. Small numbers of Murray cod are also being caught on lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. The highest catch rates are currently being experienced by those anglers who are walking the banks and fishing the shallower sections of the Loddon River.

The best results are currently being produced by those anglers casting spinnerbaits and medium-sized hardbodied lures. In the next couple of months we will undoubtedly see some quality Murray cod and golden perch being caught in the Loddon River. During the autumn months the catch rates often are not the highest however the quality of the fish being caught is usually very good.

A golden perch caught on a Bassman spinnerbait.

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