The waterways around the Bendigo region have experienced a significant change in conditions over the last couple of months. Bendigo received record rainfall for April. This resulted in some significant inflows into local river systems and the water clarity deteriorated in these systems.
Rainfall during May was below average and therefore the water clarity has again improved in the local river systems. If the trend of below average rainfall continues, water clarity will continue to improve. Most of the catchments in the region are wet, so it will only take a couple more significant rainfall events and the river systems will be running dirty again.
The productivity in the fishing continues to be good. Water levels are currently stable and the lake has been holding around 90% of capacity recently. Water clarity is still very good around the lake and in previous years the productivity of the redfin fishing would have slowed up by now. The good news is that this is not the case at this stage and the productivity of the redfin fishing remains very good.