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Lake Eppalock located in country Victoria between Bendigo and Heathcote along the Gold fields region. The lake is a spillway for surrounding lakes Campaspe and Coliban. The lake is used for local drinking water but boating, swimming, water skiing and of course fishing is very welcome. This is a great destination to take the family with surrounding caravan parks, bbq’s and boat ramps. There are ample boat ramps to launch from for boats, jet skis and Kayaks. Lake Eppalock is home to a healthy population of Golden perch, Redfin, Trout, Cod and Carp which provides quality fishing all year round.
FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Redfin, Golden Perch ( yellow belly ), Trout, Carp, Murray Cod
BEST BAITS AND LURES
Scrub worms, Power bait, Yabbies, Mudeye and a wide range of soft plastics & lures. Click here to see our best lures and plastics when targeting Redfin.
If your targeting cod and yellow belly then some great lure choices would includes lip-less crank-baits such as Jackall TN series, stump jumpers which can be cast or trolled, surface lures, vibes, spinner baits, bassman spinners, large grub style soft plastics in dark colours. The new range of Savage Gear swimbaits are also a great option for the larger species
When targeting Trout and Redfin fish as light as possible which will make the experience more fun and improve your chances. Redfin will actively take many baits or lures. To maximize your chances fish with a 2 – 4 or 1 – 3 kilo rod. The main line spooled with 4 pound braid finished with a good quality leader. When targeting golden perch ( yellow belly ) it pays to fish a little heavier therefore a slight upgrade to a 2-4 or 3-5 kilo rod coupled with a 2500-3000 reel reel loaded with 6 or 8 pound braid.
There are some monster size Cod and Carp in Lake Eppalock so if your targeting these species then use a much heavier rod and line.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
Any time of day, though some fish will be more active at Dawn and Dusk
This is an nice spot to take the kids. The local caravan park is situated right on the lake and has a swimming pool and playground. There are also plenty of fishing spots with surrounding BBQ facilities. There are also near by caravan parks, boat ramps and tolet facilities.
Blue Green algae at times is a problem in this system so ensure to check local reports. As with all areas that have water and high grass just always be cautious of snakes in the area.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Always carry your Victorian fishing license, FishingMad encourage ‘catch & release’ of all native species to help maintain the water quality within the lake however European Carp must not be returned.