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Great fishing continues in the Bendigo area
  |  First Published: March 2013



The trend of hot and dry weather has continued in the Bendigo region.

At this stage this trend looks like it will continue, as the below average rainfall water means clarity remains very good.

LAKE EPPALOCK

Water clarity is currently very good at this location with redfin still making up the majority of catches, with a greater number of smaller redfin being caught in shallower water. The majority of larger redfin are being caught in 5-7m of water.

Trolling hardbodied lures and casting soft plastics continue to be the most productive methods. Good numbers are also being caught by those anglers bait fishing with yabbies and worms. There continues to be small numbers of golden perch being caught trolling hardbodied lures along with an encouraging number of 50-55cm Murray cod.

The best report I received was from a local angler who was targeting Murray cod trolling deep diving lures in 9m. He managed to land four Murray cod for the day with the largest fish measuring 98cm. Hopefully this is a sign of what there is to come if Lake Eppalock does receive increased native stockings and therefore it should be great angling in the future.

CAMPASPE RIVER

The water clarity is currently very good along the Campaspe River and the fishing has been good. There are currently good numbers of both golden perch and Murray cod being caught along with small numbers of redfin. Murray cod have been caught in the shallower sections of the river by anglers walking the banks casting spinnerbaits and hardbodied lures, with some also taken on surface lures.

Anglers should always take care when walking the banks as snakes are active at this time of the year.

CAIRN CURRAN

Redfin are making up the majority of anglers catch rates with trolling small hardbodied lures in 3-4m the best. Once a school is located then casting soft plastics is best. Small numbers of golden perch continue to be caught; the majority by trolling around the edges of the lake. Small numbers of golden perch have also been recently caught in the top section of the lake by casting lipless crankbaits around the edges of standing timber.

LODDON RIVER

Water clarity is good at most locations along the Loddon River system. Because of the clear water conditions the fishing has been slow during the middle of the day, plan to fish the first few hours of sunlight or the last three hours before sundown.

Good results are being had by fishing surface lures after dark targeting Murray cod. Good numbers of Murray cod continue to be caught along the Loddon River system. The majority of these continue to be caught in the shallower sections of the system. The most productive method for catching the Murray cod lately has been casting spinnerbaits or casting large lipless crankbaits such as Jackall Doozers.

Average numbers of golden perch are being caught. Again the higher catch rates of these have been experienced by walking the banks fishing the shallower sections. The productivity in the deeper sections of the Loddon at Bridgewater and Serpentine has slowly started to increase in recent weeks.

We should see the productivity in the fishing remain good for the next couple of months while the current conditions continue.

Murray cod are being caught on spinnerbaits in the Campaspe River.

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