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Bang on for Bendigo yellowbelly
  |  First Published: December 2014



The 2015 season looks as though it is going to be a good one. At the present time, water clarity is very good at the majority of locations in the Bendigo region. The productivity in the fishing has been good but as always everything is not perfect.

What is of major concern is the rapid decline in water levels in our impoundments. We are being told that a lot of the water is being released for environmental flows. I question if this is the case or more likely the water is being sold further down the irrigation system.

LAKE EPPALOCK

The fishing in the lake has been frustrating for the majority of anglers. The productivity in the redfin fishing has declined again this season. There have been the occasional quality school of redfin being located with small quantities of large redfin measuring up to 45cm being landed by anglers. Trolling deep diving hardbody lures and casting soft plastics have been the most productive methods.

Unfortunately at the present time the redfin are constantly moving. Often you can find a good school on the sounder and before you know it they are gone again (very frustrating). On a positive note there has been the improvement in the productivity in the golden perch fishing. Anglers who are switched on to chasing the golden perch are managing to land between four and five golden perch per day at the present time.

The most productive fishing for the golden perch has been early in the morning and late in the afternoons. During the middle of the day the fishing has been slow. Casting lipless crankbaits and hardbody lures have been productive methods. The most productive colour patterns have been dark silhouettes and redfin patterns. The productivity in the golden perch fishing should continue to be good in the short term. If water levels continue to drop at the recent rates then the productivity in the fishing will decline.

CAMPASPE RIVER

The fishing in the Campaspe River has been patchy. During the periods when they have been releasing greater volumes of water from Lake Eppalock the productivity in the fishing has generally not been good. A few days after the water releases are reduced and water flows settle and water clarity improves then the fishing has been good.

Golden perch have been making up the majority of anglers captures. Casting small spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits have been working well.

The numbers of Murray cod being caught in the deeper sections of the Campaspe River have been low. The majority of Murray cod have been caught anglers walking the banks fishing the shallower sections of the river.

CAIRN CURRAN

The fishing in Cairn Curran has been good. Small numbers of golden perch are being caught at the present time. Trolling around the edges of the lake in the depth range of around 4-6m has been productive. Casting the rocky shoreline with lipless crankbaits has also been productive. Fishing these lipless crankbaits with a lift and drop technique along the bottom has been successful.

Unfortunately the redfin fishing has been below average. The majority of anglers are only landing small redfin with the occasional quality redfin being located by some anglers.

LODDON RIVER

Water clarity is currently very good in the Loddon River. This makes for some very enjoyable fishing as well as some very frustrating fishing. With the water clarity being so good it has been common to see the fish strike your lure and watch the fight as you try and land your fish. The frustrating part is with the water clarity so good the fishing can be very slow during the middle of the day.

If you want to catch fish in the Loddon River an early start or late finish is required. Golden perch have been the main species, which have been caught in the deeper sections of the river. Those anglers who have been walking the banks fishing the shallower section of the Loddon have been producing an even spread in catch rates between Murray cod and golden perch.

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