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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.

Wimmera CMA is a proud sponsor of the Horsham Fishing Competition. It’s not only a great community event but it also helps remove a lot of carp from the Wimmera River.

The Horsham Fishing Comp has helped remove over 1750 fish over the last 6 years greatly helping to reduce their impacts and improve the Wimmera River quality and our native species.

Carp catching Tips

Chris Denton is an avid fisherman and loves to come to the Horsham Fishing Comp. Here are Chris’ 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.

Big and small, the Wimmera is home to them all

Wimmera waterways have a long history as premier fishing destinations. The region is home to major fishing competitions in Horsham and Jeparit, and the emerging Northern Grampians and Dimboola fishing comps. People also love to wet a line in tributaries and distributaries like Mt William Creek at Mokepilly or Yarriambiack Creek at Brim.

During the past decade, improved conditions through fencing off and revegetating riverfronts, environmental watering and a dedicated fish stocking program have helped turn around the region’s waterways, plus increase the number fish that live in them.

From Golden Perch, Murray Cod, River Blackfish and Freshwater Catfish to teensy tiny native species like Flathead Gudgeon, Southern Pygmy Perch and Australian Smelt – with a community partnership approach to management, the Wimmera River and the creeks and lakes that are connected to it are sustaining native fish species, even when conditions get tough.

What can we do better?

We want our fish to thrive! We are angling for your ideas to develop the Wimmera Native Fish Management Plan.

Priorities include but are not limited to:

  • Improving fish passage and connectivity
  • Reducing the impacts of invasive fish species
  • Improving habitat on riverbanks and in waterways
  • Improving fish stocking programs
  • Conserving our endangered fish species
  • Tailoring environmental flows to support fish populations
  • Managing the impacts of increased angling

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