The annual Jeparit Fishing Competition was held on the banks of the Wimmera River on Easter Saturday, with nearly 370 keen anglers trying their luck to catch the ‘big one’.

The uncle and nephew combination of Luke Walkenhorst and Landon Walkenhorst won the top prizes for the heaviest fish in the Senior and Junior sections, respectively. Luke landed a 1,810 gram Golden Perch and Landon hooked a 1,982 gram Silver Perch.

A total of 74 fish were weighed in, with Yellowbelly (Golden Perch), Catfish, Redfin (English Perch), and Silver Perch all represented, along with European Carp.

In addition, many small fish were caught but released back into the river, boding well for next year’s competition, and many carp were also removed from the river.

Competitors came from a wide area, with many Wimmera locals joined by those from right across western Victoria, including the Ballarat, Geelong, and Swan Hill areas, Central and South-West Victoria, plus several from Naracoorte, Hallett Cove and Adelaide in South Australia and Wentworth and Mulwala in New South Wales.

The winners travelled from Tabor and Penshurst.

2022 Jeparit Fishing Competition - Results

Senior - Non-Carp

Heaviest Fish - Azza’s Tyers - $2,000

Fish SpeciesWeightAnglerTown
1Golden Perch/Yellowbelly  1810 grams  Luke Walkenhorst  Tabor
2Golden Perch/Yellowbelly1210 gramsJason HatcherMt Egerton
3Golden Perch/Yellowbelly1176 gramsTim JefferiesWarracknabeal
4Catfish1056 gramsLaurie BrymerAntwerp
5Catfish1012 gramsNathan BeerBallarat
6Catfish1004 gramsGreg ProudDimboola
7Golden Perch/Yellowbelly982 gramsJason WoutersHaven
8Catfish916 gramsJosh BeerMiners Rest
9Golden Perch/Yellowbelly906 gramsAaron WebbNhill
10Golden Perch/Yellowbelly902 gramsTroy NoordamHorsham

Junior - Heaviest Fish - $500 and Swag

Fish SpeciesWeightAnglerTown
1Silver Perch1982 grams  Landon Walkenhorst  Penshurst
2Golden Perch/Yellowbelly   962 gramsPhoebe GreigBallarat
3Golden Perch/Yellowbelly886 gramsTarah BondAntwerp
4Golden Perch/Yellowbelly810 gramsKalan SouterHorsham
5Golden Perch/Yellowbelly714 gramsAbbie Mcconnell Mount Clear
6Golden Perch/Yellowbelly684 gramsCianna BeerBallarat
7Golden Perch/Yellowbelly608 gramsImogen EmmersonCardigan Village
8Golden Perch/Yellowbelly596 gramsLevi AltmannHorsham
9Golden Perch/Yellowbelly522 gramsMackenzie HockingSnake Valley
10Redfin288 gramsCaleb TregenzaRainbow

Heaviest Carp


Fish SpeciesWeightAnglerTown
1Carp  1352 grams  Rodney BeerBallarat
2Carp1350 gramsLauren Abbey  Kangaroo Flat


Fish SpeciesWeightAnglerTown
1Carp  1262 grams  Maggie Fisher  Yaapeet
2Carp1172 gramsFlynn Hutson Jeparit

Mystery Weight

Fish SpeciesWeightAnglerTown
Redfin  Marc Greig  Ballarat  270 grams