The fishing in Central Victoria continues to be average. Windy weather conditions over the last month have made for some trying conditions for anglers.
The fishing in Lake Eppalock has been patchy. If you are lucky enough to pick the right day with favourable conditions (i.e. good barometer conditions and minimal wind), then the fishing has been good for golden perch. Anglers fishing out of boats, either trolling or casting lures, are catching the majority of these.
The most productive trolling depth has been 4-6m, and the most productive lures have been small to medium hardbodied lures such as Goulburn Lures, small Custom Crafted Hammerheads and Oargees.
The anglers who have been casting are producing best results are using TN60 Jackall lures around the edges of the standing timber. Casting spinnerbaits around the timbered areas has also produced some quality fish.
The fishing in the Campaspe River has been very consistent in recent weeks, and water clarity is currently good. The recent rainfall has seen a couple of small flushes go down the river.
Local Bendigo angler, Phil Keetalaar, has been fishing the Campaspe regularly and averages two to four native fish each trip. He catches equal numbers of Murray cod and golden perch, along with a few quality redfin.
The best results are currently coming to anglers like Phil who are fishing the river on a consistent basis and are prepared to fish the smaller sections of river that receive less fishing pressure. The small water has been more productive than the deeper sections at Elmore and Rochester.
Unfortunately, due to the recent windy conditions, there are few reports from Cairn Curran. Water clarity is still only average and water levels are slowly dropping. Small numbers of redfin have been caught on yabbies and gudgeon. Jigging soft plastics and ice jigs has also produced redfin.
There are a few golden perch being caught as well, mostly by anglers trolling small to medium-sized lures. With the water levels dropping we may see a reduction in golden perch catch rates but, with water temperatures rising, we might also see the redfin starting to feed more aggressively.
The fishing in the Loddon River has been good lately. Golden perch to 3kg have been landed, along with quality Murray cod to 7kg. Best results are coming to those anglers fishing the smaller sections that receive reduced fishing pressure.
The deep section at Bridgwater has also been consistent. The majority of captures are golden perch. Small numbers of quality Murray cod are being caught too, along with the occasional quality redfin. Due to the heavy fishing pressure that the Loddon has received over the holiday period, it is a good idea to concentrate your fishing effort on less popular locations for the next couple of weeks.
This golden perch was caught by casting a purple and gold Bassman spinnerbait.Reads: 1148