Lake Fishing Locations In Victoria

 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 by 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 below.


Freshwater Fishing Hotspots

Melbourne Land-Based Fishing

Land-Based Fishing around Melbourne offers you the chance to fish without a boat – or when using a boat is risky or too much hassle. Both freshwater rivers, creeks and lakes to the saltwater bays, estuaries and…

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Diamond Creek

Diamond Creek fishing is largely overlooked by locals when it comes to locals, let alone people from other areas of Melbourne. While large sections are difficult to access…

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Victorian Lakes Fishing Map


Victorian Lake Fishing 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, 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 Fish on any lake?

No. While most allow powerboats and kayaks some limit boats to electric motors only. While others only permit kayaks. There are many spots that do not permit any watercraft at all. Always check first with local authorities 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.


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