Lake and river fishing in regional Victoria
If you’re heading to the Mornington Peninsula, Devilbend Reservoir near Tuerong (just half an hour from RACV Cape Schanck Resort), is worth the detour if you want to experience freshwater fishing.
Grab your tackle for some brown and rainbow trout, or the highly sought-after estuary perch.
For something completely different, head to the state’s west and Camperdown’s crater lakes, which attract keen freshwater anglers.
Fisheries Victoria regularly stocks Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Purrumbete with Chinook salmon, as well as brown and rainbow trout.
In the far east of the state, Lakes Entrance in Gippsland offers plenty of opportunities for keen fishers.
You can try to land a King George whiting or sand whiting from the floating jetty, or fish for salmon from the surf beach.
Other hotspots in the area include the Tarwin River, known for its bream, and the Aron and Goulburn Rivers for fly-fishers to find trout and redfin.
Speaking of fly-fishers, there's a good selection of wild brown and rainbow trout in Blue Rock Lake, while Mallacoota Inlet is said to be a flathead finder’s dream.
Eildon offers lots of options for fishers and boaters alike. The Eildon Pondage is a designated ‘family friendly fishing lake’ where the daily bag limit is five trout.
Expect to find Murray cod, golden perch, trout and redfin year-round.
In the southwest corner of the state at Warrnambool, at the end of the Great Ocean Road, anglers can try their luck on the Hopkins River estuary, a nine-kilometre stretch of water extending from Point Ritchie to Allansford.
Here you’ll find black bream, estuary perch, mulloway, yellow-eye mullet, Australian salmon and short-finned eels.
If you have the time, continue your drive up to Portland, Victoria’s premier southern bluefin tuna fishing spot.
On a visit to Victoria’s High Country, set yourself up by Lake Nagambie, a reservoir featuring a number of fish varieties such as brown and rainbow trout, murray cod, golden perch and redfin.
At over 2,508 kilometres long, you’ll probably want a tip at where to start when fishing on the Murray River.
The RACV Cobram Resort where you can soak in all the Murray region has to offer is the perfect place to fish for Murray cod and carp, while other highlights in the region include Lake Mulwala, Broken Creek, Barmah Lakes and Lake Hume.
The Goldfields house over 1,000 of Victoria’s public and private trout lakes, making it the perfect place to set up a line.
Just over half an hour from RACV Goldfields Resort is the Bostock Reservoir, with easy access to brown and rainbow trout, redfin, carp, roach, eels and tench.
Other hotspots in the area include Wendouree, Lake Eppalock and the Cairn Curran Reservoir.
Up in the northwest of Victoria, take in the peace and serenity of The Grampians National Park. A well-known fishing spot is Lake Wartook, filled with redfin and brown trout, as well as the nearby Lake Bolac, Lake Fyans and Lake Bellfield.