Bendigo bakes in hot conditions
  |  First Published: February 2010

The long hot summer has continued in the Bendigo region.

We have experienced a run of very hot weather lately. The hot weather has seen a reduction in water levels in many local locations. Summer so far has been very dry with only a minimal amount of rainfall in the Bendigo region. If we did receive a significant amount of rainfall it would definitely help improve the fishing.


Water levels in Lake Eppalock have remained steady and are currently around 7.5% of capacity. The stable water levels have helped to improve the fishing there.

The fishing in the lake has continued to be productive in recent times. Recent catch rates have been good with redfin making up the majority of captures.

The redfin fishing is currently the best it has been for several seasons. There have been some large numbers of redfin being caught but unfortunately the majority of these have been small. However, if you are prepared to persist with catching the small ones eventually you can expect some better quality redfin up to 700g.

The good news with the redfin fishing at the moment is that many different tactics are producing good results. Trolling hardbodied lures in depths of 3-4m, casting soft plastics, jigging ice jigs, jigging and casting bladed lures, casting and trolling lipless crankbaits are all productive methods.

Bait fishing with worms and small yabbies has also produced good results. The secret is to keep trying different locations around the lake until good concentrations of fish are located, then go your hardest.

The fishing for the golden perch has been slow with only the occasional specimen being caught. Catches should improve for a short period once water temperatures start to cool in autumn.


Water levels are still low in the Campaspe River. Water clarity is still good at most locations along the river. The fishing has been average with reasonable numbers of Murray cod and golden perch being landed.

Small numbers of redfin have also been landed in deeper pooled sections of the river. The most productive casting lures for Murray cod and golden perch have been lipless crankbaits and spinnerbaits. The most productive techniques for the redfin have been trolling small hardbodied lures and casting soft plastics along the edges of the weed beds.

Phil Oliver and Trent Riordon recently had a good session on the Campaspe River. The guys managed to land several Murray cod for the day with the best specimen measuring 68cm. The best results where produced by casting lipless crankbaits.


Unfortunately there is not a lot of good news when it comes to this location. Water levels are continuing to drop and this is having a negative effect on the fishing. Water clarity is average.

The number of golden perch being caught has reduced dramatically. At the moment, only the occasional golden perch is being caught. Most of these have been taken on bait, with small yabbies being the best option. The occasional golden perch has been caught by anglers trolling medium sized hardbodies in 4m of water.

The redfin fishing has been average. The majority of redfin caught have been small and in poor condition.


The fishing in the Loddon River has been slow for the majority of anglers. Anglers fishing early in the morning or late in the afternoon have produced more consistent results.

The Loddon River has received a large amount of fishing pressure over the holiday period. The amount of boat traffic and fishing pressure has been detrimental for anglers’ catch rates. The amount of fishing pressure should hopefully reduce shortly and we should see an increase in the productivity.

Even though the fishing has been tough there have been several good captures. Murray cod to 90cm have been landed. Golden perch to 58cm have also been landed. The numbers of redfin being caught has been low. The best results are continuing to be produced in the Loddon River by those anglers who are walking the banks and are fishing the smaller sections of river that receive the least amount of fishing pressure.

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