Wimmera CMA is a proud sponsor of the Fishing Competitions in the Wimmera and it’s no different for the Annual Jeparit’s Easter Fishing Competition.
Not only are fishing comps great community events but they also help remove a lot of carp from the Wimmera River!
Want a few extra tips on catching carp?
Here are Chris Denton’s 7 tips on how to catch carp from the Wimmera River.
Why do we focus on Carp?
Carp are an introduced species originating from East Asia and have spread across most of the Murray Darling Basin since the 1960’s and have become a major pest. Carp are commonly found up to about 4-5kg, but some carp caught have been known to be up to 10kg.
Carp are a very adaptable fish and are capable of tolerating a range of environmental living conditions, including very poor water quality. Whilst they are capable of tolerating these condition, their natural habits also decrease water quality.
Their diet includes a variety of small food items including bottom and swimming insects, microcrustaceans, snails and terrestrial insects. But they will eat whatever is available including plant material and organic matter when other food sources are not available.
Carp feed by sucking up debris from the ground and filtering out the food items from the mud and water with their gill rakers. This action muddies the water which can cause bank erosion, it blocks out sunlight from plants and other fish, it lowers water quality, disturbs native fish breeding sites and increases nutrient levels, which can contribute to blue-green algal blooms.