Cairn Curran Reservoir currently at 95.7% of its 147,130 Mega litre capacity after being all but dry for most of the last decade, located on the Loddon River, about 10 km west of Maldon Victoria. Cairn Curran Reservoir was constructed between 1947 and 1956 submerging 1,943 hectares to supply water for irrigation, domestic and stock use along the Loddon River. A 2 MW Hydro Electric power station generates electricity when irrigation and flood releases are being made. A fishing oppertunity only a short drive from Bendigo, I caught a small Redfin on a first cast here on a plastic lure. There were lots of small fish so maybe I'll go back when they are grown a bit.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 @ ISO 200, 200mm f8, 1/500 sec
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Located at Porcupine Flat, an area of the Maldon goldfields is an abandoned dredge and dragline that represents that phase of gold mining in Maldon when technology enabled relatively large scale reworking of earlier deposits which had first been worked by thousands of individual prospectors in the rush of the 1850s. Operations ceased in 1984, after moderate success. The dragline standing on the bank of the dam was brought from the Yalourn Coal Mine in Eastern Victoria to assist in creating the initial dam and removing trees for the ongoing operation. It apparently proved to be of little value for this and was abandoned in it's present position early in the operation.