Sugarloaf Reservoir Fishing Spots

Sugarloaf Reservoir isn’t too far from Melbourne, Victoria. Located in the outer North East near Christmas Hills. Its water is pumped in by pipes from the Yarra…

Sugarloaf Reservoir isn’t too far from Melbourne, Victoria. Located in the outer North East near Christmas Hills.

Its water is pumped in by pipes from the Yarra River and from the Maroondah Reservoir by an aqueduct forming the lake.

I would love to rate the Sugarloaf Reservoir more than three stars.

But at the risk of sounding like “Dave the Downer”, I can’t due to several factors I outline below.

Note, before I start, the trip out there is worth it. It has great views, great picnic facilities and I highly recommend visiting.

Keep in mind, at all times – you may not use fresh or live bait at Sugarloaf. Only artificial lures are permitted. You are also prohibited from using berley.

I am not certain if a smear of attractant on a lure would be considered “berley” or not. I’m assuming not. But cannot guarantee how the regulations will be interpreted by park staff regarding this.

Can You Fish At Sugarloaf Reservoir?

  • Government limitations on where you can fish make it more difficult than usual. Please see eBook Download below for a free map.
  • You can only use lures. Bait and Berley are not permitted.
  • High levels of mercury in fish have been detected making them unsuitable for taking home and eating.
  • Overall catches consist of extremely small Redfin (aka English Perch.) Along with European Carp. Trout is claimed, but I’ve never caught any there and am yet to hear of anybody recently who has.
  • The beauty of the place and the chance to use light tackle make it worthwhile taking a visit with a fishing rod!
  • Excellent picnic, BBQ and Toilet Facilities along with well-maintained car parks.
  • Great bushwalking.
  • Boating & Kayaking is Not Permitted. The Sailing Club is exempted.
  • Dogs are not permitted.
  • Park opening times are 8:30 am to 7:30 pm during Daylight Saving. Otherwise 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
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I recommend you use a light line.

Around 6lb would be about right. Certainly no more than 10lb.

Select smaller lures. Soft plastic paddle tails can walk well.

However, my personal favourite lures for Redfin are spinners or “propeller” lures.

I’ve always found these hard-bodied lures to be dynamite with Redfin.

Flecks of red are always worthwhile as it’s the colour that gets their attention.

Possibly because Redfin are cannibals and happily eat smaller Redfin.

  • Try to vary your retrieve. Erratic. Feel free to raise and lower your rod tip.
  • Try slow retrieve then drop. Try quick spurts.
  • Cast beyond where you believe fish are likely to be if possible.
  • Then retrieve over the spot you’re targetting.
  • This helps lessen the splash of the lure frightening your target.
  • Fish the structure where it exists. Branches, trees, reeds.

For carp, you can try some of the Gulp range of artificial dough style baits. I’m not 100% certain if these are permitted. However, they are artificial. You could even try some of the artificial worms – like the Gulp sandworms – that Gulp and other companies make.

Sugarloaf Reservoir Map

Address: Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills VIC, Australia
Lat: -37.6737879
Lng: 145.3046728
Proximity: 52km from Melbourne

Download Free Sugarloaf Fishing Map

You can download this map based on my observations and experience of fishing at Sugarloaf Reservoir for free.

Take it with you. Share it with a friend!

I’ve marked in the species and the zones on Sugarloaf that will help you to make sure you are more likely to be in the right place for the right fish.

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I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

I love writing about some of my favourite Melbourne Fishing Spots while fishing around Victoria. As well as the tackle I use and test.
If you see me while you're out fishing say "G' day" - I'll be the one in a bush hat.

When I'm not fishing I'm working on my websites, such as Getfished, or writing computer software (my profession.)

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