Autumn Victoria – Great Fishing Locations 2021

Victorian Lakes Fishing

Victoria offers some fantastic lake fishing. From Murray Cod & Yellow Belly to Trout, Redfin and Chinook Salmon! Plus the Gippsland Lakes offer estuary fishing for Dusky flathead, whiting and Bream. Lakes give you fantastic land-based, small boat & kayak fishing opportunities!

Victorian Lakes are mostly freshwater. Although the Gippsland lakes are in fact estuaries.

In the freshwater systems, Australian natives like Murray Cod and Yellowbelly are popular fish species for anglers. Introduced species include Trout, Redfin and the pest species European Carp.

Some of the central Victorian bodies, like lake Bullen Merri, contain imported species such as Chinook Salmon.

The saltwater estuary lakes offer Bream, Flathead, Whiting and other saltwater estuary species.

Most lakes are excellent for either land-based fishing, boating or kayak. A few do not allow watercraft. Some limit fishing to specific areas. Others, like Lake Nagambie, are better fished from boat or kayak.

While there are many natural lakes in Victoria the vast majority of larger lakes are in fact man-made. They are usually the result of catching the flow of major rivers like the Murray River, Goulburn River and others. More details can be found in the articles below. Quick tips can be found in the FAQ.

Lake Fishing Locations In Victoria

sugarloaf reservoir fishing

Sugarloaf Reservoir Fishing Spots

November 14, 2020
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

Victorian Lakes FAQ

What fish can be caught in Victorian Lake Environments?

Native species: Murray Cod, Yellowbelly aka Golden Perch, Redfin aka English Perch, Brown and Rainbow Trout and Chinook Salmon (lake Bullen Merri for example) are some popular species.

Can I Fish At Any Lake in Victoria?

No. Always check local requirements before fishing. Some lakes, like Sugarloaf, restrict fishing to specific areas and only allow lures – not bait. Other lakes do not permit fishing at all.

Can I use a Boat or Kayak on any lake?

No. While most allow power boats and kayaks some limit boats to electric motors only. While others only permit kayaks. There are many lakes that do not permit any watercraft at all. Always check first if you are uncertain.

What’s the best bait for a Victorian lake?

Soft plastic lures, hardbody lures, diving lures, surface lures are all effective. As are fly’s on some species like trout, bass and even redfin. Natural baits that work well including earthworms, scrubworms, yabbies, freshwater shrimp, mudeyes, bardi grubs and chicken. If fishing for European Carp corn can be very effective.



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.

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