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Good rains improve outlook
  |  First Published: May 2010



The Bendigo region has received some very good rainfall recently and has been the best start to autumn for over ten years.

It is great to see the local area green again. The amount of rainfall that we have received so far has only had minimal impact on water levels in our impoundments. The ground is now saturated and hopefully we will receive good winter and spring rains.

LAKE EPPALOCK

The fishing had been good in Lake Eppalock, however action has recently slowed dramatically. Several weeks ago there were still some great numbers of redfin being caught. They were being caught by a number of different techniques. Trolling small hardbodied lures in shallower water around the edges of the lake was productive.

Casting soft plastics, bladed lures and lipless crankbaits were good options. Bait fishing with worms and small yabbies had been good.

As the water temperatures have started to drop so has the productivity in the redfin fishing. Catch rates have fallen significantly and it is hard to predict if they will come back on the bite in the short term. The redfin have moved into deeper water so good tactics will be trolling deep diving hardbodies. Jigging bobbers and ice jigs and soft plastics are productive on redfin when they are schooled up in deeper water.

The numbers of golden perch being caught in the lake has been very low. With the cold weather here the fishing for the golden perch will continue to be slow. It will not be until September before we start to see them being caught in any significant numbers.

CAMPASPE RIVER

The fishing in the Campaspe River has been average. Water clarity is still good at most locations. There have been small numbers of Murray cod being caught. The most productive lures for Murray cod have been spinnerbaits and lipless crankbaits. There have also been small numbers of Murray cod being caught on surface lures.

Small numbers of golden perch have been caught. The most productive lures for them have been lipless crankbaits.

The catch rates for the golden perch have started to reduce with water temperatures dropping. This trend will continue through the coldest months of the year. The majority of anglers fishing the Campaspe River will now start concentrating their fishing efforts on the rivers resident redfin population.

The river does not produce large numbers like Lake Eppalock but the quality of the redfin being caught is usually very good with specimens up to 1kg being landed. The best areas to concentrate for the redfin is along the edges of weed beds and around cumbungi lined banks. Casting soft plastics, lipless crankbaits and bladed spinners are great options.

CAIRN CURRAN

The fishing in Cairn Curran has been good over the last month. There has been finally some reasonable numbers of redfin being caught with some quality fish over 1kg being landed. Best baits have been small yabbies and gudgeon. Jigging ice jigs and soft plastics have also been productive. It is hard to predict how long the good fishing will last.

Cairn Curran is a location that in the past has produced some great fishing for large winter redfin. We can only hope this happens this season. The numbers of golden perch being caught has been very low. We should start to see small numbers of brown trout being caught. The recent rainfall has helped stabilise the lakes water level and if we get some more good rainfall we should see it start to rise shortly.

LODDON RIVER

The Loddon River has received a couple of small flushes down the system after some of the good rainfall. The river system was in need of this and hopefully the rain will continue and the Loddon River will get a great flush of water down it this spring. There continues to be small numbers of Murray cod being caught.

There has also been small numbers of quality golden perch being caught. The most productive areas for these have been in the deepest sections of the river. The Loddon River also has been producing some small numbers of quality redfin. These are worthwhile targeting over the coldest months of the year. Again concentrating around the edges of the weed beds and along cumbungi lined banks are the best locations for the redfin.

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