Grampians Fishing Trail

 

Brown and Rainbow Trout

These two species of trout not only look different but have quite markedly different characteristics.

Rainbow trout are a beautiful silver colour with a pink stripe down the body and are a magnificent sight to see in the water. They are easier to catch than browns and (the female especially) leap high from the water when hooked. Rainbow trout prefer fast flowing water to Brown trout.

Brown trout are more likely to be in deeper water and are not only harder to hook, they fight much harder and longer. Most trout fishers will prefer to hunt brown because they are a greater challenge.

Lake Toolondo

Toolondo has always been the favourite for trout and redfin with outstanding catches being regularly reported. the reservoir offers great fishing whether you are into fly fishing, bait or lure fishing. The majority of fish, including trout, are taken by boat fishing around trees with baits such as worms, gudgeon and yabbies or by spinning in open waters. The lake is also popular for swimming and other boating activities.

At the northern end of the lake there is a boat ramp and toilet facilities. Camping facilities are available. The reservoir is subject to low water levels in dry years.

Rockland Reservoir

The reservoir is a well known waterway for its tourist activities and attractions. Constructed during the early 1950s, Rocklands is a popular site for fishing and boating activities, as the lake boasts a good variety of fish species. these include trout and redfin. It is currently the second largest lake in Victoria.

There is a good stretch of bank fishing near the dam wall. However a boat is necessary to reach the more remote areas of the dam.

The tranquil waters of Rocklands contains a flooded forest and submerged logs and boat users should exercise extreme care and be alert for submerged logs.

NOTE: Boating is prohibited within 200 metres of the dam wall.

Boat ramps are located at Rocklands Wall, Hynes, Glendenning, Fergusons and Mountain Dam. Small boats can be launched around the shoreline.If you are looking for a location for water skiing or canoeing then Rocklands is suitable.

Rocklands is also known for its abundant wild flowering plants and trails.

Lake Wartook Reservoir

This lake is located in the Grampians National Park and bordered by the majestic mountain ranges in the backdrop.

Lake Wartook is an anglers heaven for catching Brown Trout and Redfin. The waterway is clear, there is a small island known as Bear Island just east of the middle of the lake. The eastern side of the lake is shallower with extensive weed beds and a good spot to soak a mudeye or fly fishing from a boat. The middle of the lake near the wall is very deep and a good spot to drift for the local Redfin. Miximum boat speed is 8 knots.

Fishing off the wall is permitted and provides comfortable bank fishing. The wall is a popular bank fishing spot due to its close prominity to the picnic facilities and car park. Many fishermen use unweighted scrub worms off the wall and fish with an open bail arm. Live minnow and mudeye suspended under a bubble float are also popular baits.

Trolling lures is also very popular and productive due to the clarity of the water. Brighter lures seem to do a better and deep divers will account for redfin and trout during summer when the surface is a little too warm.

Other Regional Waterways

Taylors Lake

18 kilometres from Horsham Taylors Lake is very popular for boating, water skiing, swimming and provides good fishing for Golden Perch, Murray Cod, Redfin and Yabbies. Some very large Murray Cod and many trophy specimens are landed here by lucky anglers every year. Boat anglers are well catered for with a very good boat ramp.

Green Lake

Is the gateway to Horsham and is used for a variety of water sports, and is one of the region’s most productive native fishing waters, as well as being ideal for swimming, windsurfing and water skiing. Green Lake has currently very low water levels.

The Wimmera River

The Wimmera River, which runs right through Horsham, is an excellent spot for Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Catfish and Redfin. It has the most abundant population of Catfish in Victoria, which makes for some great angling. Other popular areas of the Wimmera River are at Dimboola, Antwerp and Jeparit.There are many boat ramps and picnic areas along the river’s length.

Natimuk Lake

A nature lover’s paradise. The lake is popular for all kinds of water activities and provides the prospect of Trout, Redfin and Yabbies. On the western side Mt. Arapiles provides an attractive backdrop for a plenitude of wildlife, which includes the rare freckled duck, pelicans, spoonbills, cranes and many more. (Please note that Natimuk Lake currently has low water levels).