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Best fishing spots in the Victorian Goldfields

Posted 07/12/2020 in Miscellaneous

St George's Lake, Creswick VIC

There are plenty of fantastic fishing spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields! We've gathered together a few of the best in the region to help inspire your next fishing adventure. 

Lake Eppalock, Eppalock VIC

Lake Eppalock is located about half an hour from Bendigo VIC

Fishing is a popular activity at Lake Eppalock, and there are plenty of great places along the shore to set up your fishing rods. Lake Eppalock boasts a healthy supply of Golden Perch, Red Fin, Trout and Murray Cod. Red Fin is typically found in the Derrinal and Kimbolton pools (in the north sections of the lake) and Murray Cod and Golden Perch is typically found in the mouths of the Coliban and Campaspe Rivers. (source

There are lots of fantastic visitor facilities at various locations around Lake Eppalock including multiple picnic areas with electric barbecues, public boat ramps, several public toilet blocks, and a kiosk. Camping facilities are provided in multiple caravan parks around Lake Eppalock. Please note that free camping is not permitted around the reservoir. 

Lake Eppalock is an extremely popular destination for boating and water sports. There are five public boat ramps located around Lake Eppalock, two of them also provide picnic/barbecue facilities. 


Cairn Curran Reservoir, Baringhup VIC

One of the many great spots along the shore of Cairn Curran

Fishing is one of the most popular activities at Cairn Curran. Late spring and early summer are the best times to find Golden Perch, Brown Trout, Murray Cod and Redfin in the Reservoir's deep water. Try using yabbies as bait on a running sinker to catch Redfin. (source)

Cairn Curran Reservoir is an enormous water catchment managed by Goulburn-Murray Water. The reservoir was constructed began in 1947 and was completed in 1956. There is a primary spillway and a secondary spillway located 2km south-west of the main structure that will spill before the embankment is overtopped. Cairn Curran Reservoir was constructed to supply water for irrigation, domestic and stock use to customers along the Loddon River.

Cairn Curran is a popular spot for a wide range of recreational activities, including: boating, both power and sail, canoeing, fishing, walking, and swimming. 

There are a number of excellent spots around Cairn Curran.

Fishing spots around the Baringhup side:
Fishing spots around the Joyces Creek side:

Laanecoorie Reservoir, Laanecoorie VIC

View over Laanecoorie Reservoir

Laanecoorie Reservoir and the adjacent Loddon River are great for fishing! The Loddon River is home to many varieties of fish including Redfin, Trench, Goldfish and Carp. The Reservoir is also stocked regularly with Golden Perch and occasionally with Brown Trout. Murray Cod can also be caught in shallow areas. Try fishing for them at night with surface lures. For the latest information on fishing at Laanecoorie contact DPI Fisheries Victoria. 

Popular spots around Laanecoorie include:

Jubilee Lake, Daylesford VIC

Jubilee Lake is a great family-friendly destination in Daylesford

Jubilee Lake in Daylesford, Victoria is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, birdwatching, bushwalking, and picnicking. The lake features excellent barbecue facilities, a playground, picnic tables, walking track, mineral spring tap, kiosk, cafe and toilets. Canoes and paddleboats are available to hire from the kiosk. 

Jubilee Lake is stocked regularly with rainbow trout, making this an excellent family-friendly fishing spot. You can also enjoy a scenic 30 minute circuit walk around the lake, and be sure to stop and sample the water at the mineral spring tap.

Find out more about Daylesford's Jubilee Lake.


Tullaroop Reservoir, Majorca VIC


Stocked with golden perch, brown trout and rainbow trout, Tullaroop Reservoir is a fantastic fishing destination where water access by electric/sail/paddle boats is permitted. There is a boat ramp at the main picnic area, and many other great fishing spots along the shore. 

Notable fishing spots include:
Green Hill Lake, Ararat VIC

Green Hill Lake near Ararat

Green Hill Lake is located 4km east of Ararat and is a fantastic free area for recreation, camping, fishing, boating, swimming, barbecues and bushwalking. Facilities here include: boat ramp, toilets, showers, electric barbecues, campground, and walking tracks. 

The lake is well stocked with Trout and is popular for fishing. The boat ramp is located between the playground and the campground. 

Find out more about Ararat's Green Hill Lake.


Barkers Creek Reservoir, Harcourt North VIC

The scenic Barkers Creek Reservoir

Barkers Creek Reservoir is a scenic spot for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, walking, and birdwatching. Bench seats offer views out over the water and you can walk around the reservoir or along the dam wall to the spillway. A fenced area displays relics from the reservoir's original water control system.

According to an information sign at the reservoir: "The Victorian Government wants you to enjoy our water resources, by providing access for kayaks and boats with electric motors to several new waters throughout Victoria. We're also stocking a record number of Murray cod, golden perch and brown trout, so there's more fish for families to catch".

Facilities at Barkers Creek Reservoir include: boat ramp, toilets.

Find out more about Harcourt North's Barkers Creek Reservoir


Lake Victoria, Maryborough VIC

Maryborough's beautiful Lake Victoria

This gorgeous ornamental lake in Maryborough is celebrated for its resident swans, beautifully forested islands, scenic walking track and excellent visitor facilities. Lake Victoria is a great fishing destination, and has been stocked with Golden Perch in Feb 2020.

Facilities include: Toilets, playground, undercover barbecue areas, bench seating around the lake, walking track, and a fishing platform/board walk. 

Find out more about Maryborough's Lake Victoria


St Georges Lake, Creswick VIC

Gorgeous views over St George's Lake

St Georges Lake is a local favourite for swimming, fishing, walking and photography. Once a mining dam known as "Govvy Dam", the lake has been developed into a picturesque haven for relaxation and recreation. 

The main picnic area features free electric barbecue facilities, picnic tables, bench seating, grassy lawns, toilets and a walking track. There is another basic picnic area further around the lake to the right.

St George's Lake is home to Redfin and Rainbow Trout, and makes a fantastic fishing destination. 

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