Find a shady spot on the banks of the Loddon River, or launch your tinny from one of the many boat ramps and throw in a line. You’ll quickly discover that the Loddon Valley’s numerous creeks, lakes and of course the river are all a great place for a spot of fishing.
Fisheries Victoria regularly releases tens of thousands of iconic Australian fish species throughout the Loddon Valley’s waterways, boosting stock for the enjoyment of anglers. Golden perch is commonly released into the Loddon River, Laanecoorie Weir and Little Lake Boort, while Murray cod fingerlings go into the Loddon and Laanecoorie Weir. Redfin, yellow belly and silver perch are also a common catches.
All of the valley’s rivers and lakes offer scenic, peaceful fishing off the bank. Settle under an ancient gum for a day of rest and relaxation by the water, and be rewarded with fresh fish for dinner, with a little skill and a dose of luck.
There are safe, dedicated ramps to launch your fishing boat into the Loddon River at Bridgewater and Serpentine, and at the Laanecoorie Reservoir and Kow Swamp near Cohuna. At Durham Ox, the Serpentine Creek features the Loddon Vale Landcare Fishing Platform.
The region is popular with seasoned anglers and families wanting to give their kids the experience of freshwater fishing. There’s no need to splash out on fancy fishing equipment, a simple rod, lures, worms and bardi grubs are common tools of the fisherman’s trade in the Loddon Valley.
Newcomers to the sport should get hold of current The Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide for information on size and bag limits. A hard copy can be collected from the Loddon Visitor Information Centre or can be viewed online here.