Slow start to spring
  |  First Published: November 2008

Last month I was optimistic that some good rainfall would be received to produce significant inflows into our local catchments. Sadly the start of spring has produced minimal rainfall and we are quickly running out of time. The rain needs to come soon to be of any benefit.

Lake Eppalock

The fishing is disappointing in Lake Eppalock but, with water temperatures starting to rise, we should see the golden perch actively feeding soon. They are very slow compared to this time last season.

The water levels have remained stable. For the fishing to improve, we need significant rainfall so that the water rises over fresh ground. At this stage small numbers of fish are being caught on bait. The majority of fish caught have been European carp, along with the occasional small golden perch.

Campaspe River

The number of anglers fishing the Campaspe River has started to increase with the improved weather conditions. Catch rates have been low, but should start to improve shortly.

Water clarity is patchy depending on what section of river you are fishing. Clarity can vary greatly depending on rainfall and water releases from Lake Eppalock. There have been small numbers of redfin caught in the section of river directly below Lake Eppalock.

Small numbers of golden perch have been caught near Axedale. Phil Keetalaar recently walked the banks of the Campaspe River in the Barnadown area targeting golden perch on his favourite spinnerbait. He had no luck on the golden perch, but managed to catch and release a Murray cod measuring 95.5cm. That was the only fish he caught for the day.

Water clarity is very good at Elmore and Rochester, but the fishing has not fired yet.

Cairn Curran

The fishing in Cairn Curran has been slow. At this stage there are very few golden perch being caught.

The redfin fishing in the lake is also disappointing. The water levels in the lake are stable but, Like Lake Eppalock, there needs to be good rainfall to get the water levels rising for the fishing to improve.

Loddon River

The fishing in the Loddon River is very slow, but the last two weeks have seen a gradual increase in catch rates. The best report I received in recent weeks was from two Bendigo anglers who managed to land three native fish for an afternoon’s fishing on the Loddon at Bridgewater.

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