The annual Campaspe Carp Catch is back for its third year, so dust off your rods, find your special spot and register to win some great prizes.
The North Central Catchment Management Authority is organising the free carp fishing competition along the Campaspe River, from Kyneton to Echuca, on Sunday, October 15, which is also National Gone Fishing Day.
North Central CMA project manager Angela Gladman said the event was a fun way to highlight the scourge of the introduced species.
‘‘Carp are the rabbits of our rivers. They are a major component of the Murray-Darling Basin’s fish population and they cause significant damage to rivers, wetlands and the natural environment,’’ Ms Gladman said.
The Campaspe Carp Catch will run from noon to 3pm, with six registration, judging and barbecue sites along the river.
There will be prizes for the best catch and the biggest bag.
‘‘Corn bait will be provided and it is important everyone aged over 18 has fishing licences and complies with relevant fishing laws,’’ Ms Gladman said.
Registration and judging sites are: Pig Shed, Kyneton Botanic Gardens; Axedale River Reserve, off William St, Axedale; Ayson’s Reserve, Burnewang Rd, Elmore; Campaspe River Reserve, near the water tower, Rochester; Strathallan Community Hall, Strathallan Rd, Strathallan; and Echuca Lions Park, Ogilvie Ave, Echuca.