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

Throw us a line

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples across the region and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

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