Rain brings ad­ven­ture

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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.

Pic­ture: IAN MOR­GAN

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