Persistence pays on patch perch
  |  First Published: December 2008

The fishing in Central Victoria continues to be less than optimal for this time of the year. Central Victoria normally receives good rainfall during the spring months but, like last season, the rainfall has failed to appear. This has produced a slower start to the season than most anglers expected.


The fishing in the lake has started to slowly improve. The spring months are normally when the golden perch fire up but at this stage they are far from consistent.

Brad Day from Bendigo has had three recent trips to the lake. The first trip he managed three redfin for the day. The second trip he managed six redfin for the day with the largest being 850g. He also dropped a couple of quality fish. The last trip he managed a golden perch 1.5kg.


Campaspe River has been the most consistent local destination, though the numbers of fish being caught are lower than last year. Water levels are lower too, but water clarity is very good.

Most captures are being made in low light conditions. Redfin to 1kg have been landed by anglers trolling small hardbodied lures or casting lipless crankbaits and soft plastics. Two to four quality redfin per session is a good result.

Most golden perch have been 1.5-2kg and have been caught by experienced anglers casting lipless crankbaits and small hardbodied lures.


The fishing in Cairn Curran has slowly started to improve. Water clarity is only average and water levels are starting to drop, but there are finally some reports of redfin again being caught in the lake.

One angler landed 80 small redfin in a day on ice jigs and soft plastics.

Golden perch are few and far between. If they are going to fire up it should be soon, so don’t give up on them yet.


There have been mixed reports from the Loddon River. For most anglers fishing the deeper sections of the river at Bridgewater and Serpentine, the results have been poor. The occasional quality fish has been caught but a lot of time is being put in for minimal results.

The water clarity is currently very clear. This makes the fishing tougher and most fish are being caught in the first hour of light and the last hour before dark.

Anglers fishing the shallower sections in the Newbridge area are having best results. Always make sure you gain permission from property owners; the majority are happy to grant access to anglers who do the right thing.

The rivers and lake of Central Victoria are still producing golden perch for persistent anglers. This one is displayed by Jarrett Miles.

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