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Bendigo about to boom
  |  First Published: December 2016



We are set for a great season in the Bendigo region. It’s been a slow start to the season so far due to poor water clarity and water temperatures that are still low for this time of the year. The good news is that rainfall in recent weeks has been minimal and water clarity has started to improve in many areas. Water temperatures are steadily increasing and we should see a dramatic improvement in the fishing productivity over the next few weeks.

LAKE EPPALOCK

Water levels have slowly decreased in Lake Eppalock. The lake was over 100% of capacity. If we don’t receive anymore significant rainfall over the next few weeks, the lake’s capacity will continue to decline slowly. Water is still running over the spillway at the present time. Water clarity is still patchy around the lake and the water clarity is trending towards slow improvement.

The water clarity is the poorest at the Twin Rivers section of the lake. Kimbolton Pool and Derrinal Pool are sections of Lake Eppalock with the best water clarity recently. Bait fishing has been the most productive method here over the last month. The best bait to use has been worms, small yabbies and shrimp. The most productive fishing times have been late afternoon and throughout the night.

Good numbers of quality golden perch have been landed by anglers bait fishing around Lake Eppalock’s shoreline. Redfin have also been landed but most have been small in size. We should see a significant improvement in the redfin fishing in the next few weeks. Large European carp are also being caught regularly by bait fishing.

These fish provide great sport for anglers. Anglers are reminded not to return these fish to the water and to dispose of them in an appropriate manner. As the water clarity improves over the next few weeks, we’ll see a significant improvement in the numbers of golden perch, which are being caught on lures.

CAMPASPE RIVER

The hot spot in the Campaspe River has been below the spillway at Lake Eppalock. There have been some quality captures of golden perch in this section. The most productive lures have been medium sized hardbody lures. Spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits have also been productive. There has also been good numbers of redfin caught from this location.

The good fishing in this area may not last too much longer. Lake Eppalock’s water level is slowly decreasing and the spillway could stop running in the next couple of weeks without significant rainfall. The productivity in the lure fishing has been good in the Axedale and Barnadown sections of the Campaspe River.

There have been some good captures of quality golden perch in these areas. Further downstream at Elmore and Rochester, water clarity is still poor, but improving. In these areas, bait fishing is still the most productive method.

CAIRN CURRAN

The productivity of fishing at Cairn Curran has been good over the last few weeks. The majority of fish are still being caught at this location by anglers bait fishing from the shoreline. Fantastic golden perch have been landed over the last month.

Water clarity is slowly improving, and combined with increasing water temperatures, we should see a dramatic improvement in the catch rates of those anglers lure fishing at this location in the next few weeks. The redfin fishing has been consistent. The average size of the redfin recently caught has been small with the occasional larger fish. We should also see better redfin fishing in the next few weeks.

LODDON RIVER

We have already seen a couple of significant flood events in the Loddon River system this season. The water catchment for the Loddon River has dried out significantly over recent weeks. Runoff after rain events will be reduced because of this reason. There is however still a good chance we may see another flood event this season. Our catchments are still near capacity so we only need to see one significant rainfall event and there will be more flooding. Water clarity is still below average at most locations along the Loddon River.

The good news is that water clarity is improving. The most productive fishing in the Loddon River in recent weeks has been in the section below Cairn Curran and below Laanecoorie Weir. In these areas, there have been quality captures of golden perch as well as good captures of redfin. We should see a continuing improvement in other areas of the Loddon River over the next few weeks.

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