Water for the Environment Update: Summer 2023

The value of a wet spring is clearly on show with a growing number of keen anglers taking to social media to share their love of the region’s top fishing and yabbying spots.

Campbell Stasinowsky with a Golden Perch he caught in the Wimmera River in January.


The Wimmera River system’s indigenous fish are generally be divided into two communities:

  • Upper catchment – River Blackfish, Obscure Galaxias and Southern Pygmy Perch
  • Lower catchment – Australian Smelt and Flat-headed Gudgeon.

There are non-indigenous native Murray River species, including the large-bodied Freshwater Catfish, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, and Murray Cod. These native fish have been translocated or stocked into the system, largely for recreational fishing, for many decades. Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) also releases large numbers of these angler-target species.

Continuing to build the Wimmera’s fish stocks

Indigenous fish breeding events are complemented by fish stocking carried out by the VFA. For more information on the type and location, search for Grampians fish stocking at

Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research in collaboration with local anglers has recently completed a Wimmera Native Fish Management Plan which aims to increase:

  • The diversity and resilience of native fish.
  • Regional investment in fish management.
  • Angling opportunities.

Wimmera fishing comps & Expo

Horsham, Jeparit and Grampians Lakes Fishing Competition are planned, and give a great insight into the fish caught in the region. Follow their Facebook pages for the latest updates!

Wimmera angling clubs also host regular fishing competitions, and are a great place to start if you’re keen to wet a line!



Small base flows and ‘freshes’ in stretches of the Wimmera River, Mt William Creek, McKenzie River and Burnt Creek will maintain water quality and connectivity between areas and support healthy fish populations.

Nathan Koenig and his son Bryce from the Just My Luck Fishing YouTube channel are among anglers who appreciate the work that goes into managing the Wimmera River, including releases of water for the environment to complement natural flows and support fish populations.

“The environmental flows for the Wimmera River are important for each and every community along its banks. Fresh water and flowing rivers help the native fish spawn to ensure great fishing for years to come. Fishing in the Wimmera River draws people to the region and in turn creates more tourism dollars for our local businesses. A healthy river helps drive healthy tourism.” Nathan Koenig


Wetlands are being monitored to determine if any environmental flows are required over the next few months.

Want to be updated on flows?

Wimmera CMA offers an SMS service to let people know when and where environmental flows are occurring, what they aim to achieve, and flow rates. To sign up, send an SMS with the word ‘Register’ and your full name and locality to 0427 871 565 or email

Meet Australia’s favourite wildlife warrior Chris Humfrey and meet all his friends from the Wild Action Zoo at the Horsham Fishing Comp on Sunday March 12!!!

Proudly brought to you by Wimmera CMA and Wimmera Landcare, Chris and his zoo will visit several Wimmera River locations before his main show at the Horsham Soundshell.

  • 1.00pm – Horsham Showgrounds
  • 1.30pm – Lions Club River Park, Barnes Boulevard (end of Jackson Street)
  • 2.00pm – MAIN SHOW, Horsham Soundshell

Join us at this FREE, family friendly event!! 

Chris Humfrey and the Wild Action Zoo is coming to Horsham Fishing Comp on the Wimmera River

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