Rain brings adventure
With Wimmera lakes, rivers, creeks and dams full due to record-breaking spring rain, opportunities for fishing, kayaking, boating and water activities have exploded in recent months.
The Wimmera River is looking its best, with many walkers taking full advantage of the views through the river red gums.
Picnickers are using the various barbecue sites and park areas for family entertainment.
Birdlife is on the increase along the Wimmera’s waterways with plenty of areas to view and photograph wildlife.
Wimmera water activities
Boating – An abundance of water has allowed families the opportunity to waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard, kayak, sail, jet-ski and swim in and on our many lakes and rivers. There are multiple lakes with boat ramps, toilet facilities, barbecues and camp sites.
Fishing – Our regional and touring anglers are in full swing in our many fishfilled lakes, rivers and creeks.
The Wimmera offers a huge range of bank, boat and fly-fishing locations.
Fish species regularly caught in the Wimmera include trout, both brown and rainbow, yellowbelly, redfin, Murray cod, catfish, blackfish, silver perch and a huge abundance of yabbies.
Bait fishing and the use of lures is the most popular tactic to find and catch fish in the region. Simple worms, small yabbies, mudeye and gudgeon are the most effective and available baits.
Fly fishing – The Wimmera features Lake Toolondo which has been classed as one of Victoria’s top trout impoundments, holding good numbers of trout, with many of them trophy fish. Fishermen such as Rex Hunt have fished the lake and caught trout weighing between 1.81 and 3.6 kilograms.
Lake Wartook nestled in the Grampians also has a good number of natural and stocked trout. Lake Wartook also contains redfin and offers both landbased and bank fishing. There are many areas of the lake to wade and fly fish for all fish species.
Yabbying – Just about all of the Wimmera lakes dams and rivers contain the much sought after yabby. Yabbies are a great table dish boiled and barbecued and provide a top live bait for redfin, yellowbelly and Murray cod. Drop netting is the most effective and productive method allowing you to catch a feed.
Camping – Whether you prefer the open stars and camp sites, cabins or caravan sites, the Wimmera offers plenty of various bush, lake, river and park sites.
Many of the sites provide you with campfire, toilet and camp-site facilities.
Many of our camping sites, including the Grampians, lakes, Mt Arapiles and national parks provide the whole family with many activities such as bushwalking, waterfall sight-seeing, birdwatching, hiking and rock-climbing.
• Recreational water map, pages 30 and 31.