Anglers gear up for Edenhope
More than $15,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs at the second annual Edenhope Fishing Competition this weekend.
Edenhope Angling Club is running the two-day boat and bank event at Lake Wallace with expectations of a big catch of trout and redfin.
Event spokeswoman Kalla Colgate said the lake was in ideal condition and she expected a surge in entries this week.
“The lake is holding about the same amount of water it did for last year’s event and there has been reports of good fishing results of late,” she said.
“Last year a Ballarat angler won the open section with a trout on a worm bait from the bank in front of the caravan park.
“Who knows where the winning fish will come from this weekend.”
The senior angler who catches the largest redfin or trout will pocket $5000 in cash, while the winner of a junior section will take home a swag and accessories valued at $1000. There is also a tiddlers section.
The competition runs from 9am to 8pm on Saturday and then again from 6.30am to noon on Sunday. A presentation will be at 12.30pm on Sunday.
People can register at West Wimmera Rural Services from 10am to 6.30pm today and tomorrow and organisers will continue to accept registrations throughout the event at contest headquarters at Henley Park.
“Lake Wallace is a picture. We’ve heard that there’s been some small reddies around and the key will be finding their bigger mates,” Ms Colgate said.
Anglers have to catch a redfin measuring at least 30 centimetres or a trout at least 51 centimetres to qualify to win either open or junior sections.
Last year’s inaugural Edenhope Fishing Competition, which celebrated a return to water in the lake, attracted about 600 entries.
Ms Colgate said the concept behind the competition was to encourage people to Edenhope, to get the lake back on a regional fishing map and to support the town’s businesses.
She said people seeking more information could go to website www.edenhopefishingcomp.com.