Water temperatures continue to decline as we are now in the coldest period for the year.
Unfortunately with the cold temperatures many anglers put their gear away until the weather starts to warm again but those anglers prepared to put the time in will be rewarded with some quality fish.
The fishing has been fairly slow at Lake Eppalock lately. Redfin are still making up the majority of anglers catch rates. For the majority of anglers locating a good concentration of redfin has proved difficult, at this stage the majority of redfin are being caught in 5-8m.
Reasonable numbers of redfin are still being caught by those anglers bait fishing with small yabbies, but finding the small yabbies to go fishing with can be just as difficult as locating the schools of redfin at this time of the year.
When a good school of redfin is located casting soft plastic and jigging ice jigs has been productive. Trolling deep diving hardbodied lures has also accounted for some nice redfin.
The numbers of golden perch being caught is currently very low and this will remain so until spring when water temperatures start to rise. We should start to see an increase in the numbers of golden perch being caught here over the next few years thanks to some improved stockings by the Victorian fisheries.
The fishing in the Campaspe River has improved slightly over recent weeks because of the reduced amount of water being released from Lake Eppalock: water clarity has improved. There are currently small numbers of Murray cod and golden perch being caught along the Campaspe River. Anglers walking the banks casting hardbodied lures and spinnerbaits have been producing the best results.
There have also been small numbers of redfin being caught along the deeper sections of the Campaspe River. At the present time rainfall has only been minimal and water clarity should continue to improve unless we get some big downpours.
Fishing reports from Cairn Curran have been disappointing. Redfin have been hard to locate and I have not received any significant reports about numbers of trout. It is definitely still a worthwhile destination to target some of the lake’s large winter redfin or target the trout population.
If you are trolling the lake targeting trout I often experience the best action trolling winged lures such as Tassie Devils between 10:00am and 2:00pm. For those anglers targeting the large redfin, Cairn Curran is a great location to use downriggers. With the use of these downriggers small lures can be presented in very deep water where the best concentrations of large redfin will often be found.
The fishing in the Loddon River has slowed significantly over recent weeks. There have still been isolated reports of Murray cod to 75cm. The majority of Murray cod have been caught on spinnerbaits. Small numbers of golden perch are still being caught by anglers casting hardbodied lures and lipless crankbaits.
Unfortunately the fishing for native species such as Murray cod and golden perch will more than likely only become tougher in the short term. The Loddon River does often produce some good quality redfin over the winter months in the deeper holes along the Loddon River system.
The numbers of redfin being caught over winter is usually low but the average size being caught is very good.
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